Jordanian FM in Baghdad to boost bilateral ties, reopening border crossing
2017-08-11 10:36:00

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (L) and his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari attend a joint press conference in Baghdad, capital of Iraq, on Aug. 10, 2017. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Thursday arrived in Baghdad and held talks with top Iraqi leaders over bilateral relations and cooperation. (Xinhua/Khalil Dawood)

BAGHDAD, Aug. 10 -- Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affair, Ayman Safadi, on Thursday arrived in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and held talks with top Iraqi leaders over bilateral relations and cooperation.

Safadi and his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari held a meeting in Jaafari's office, where they discussed promotion of bilateral ties and focused on security coordination to confront terrorism of Islamic State (IS) group in the region, as well as the efforts to accelerate opening border crossing point of Trebil and international road between Baghdad and Amman.

"We have talked about coordination in various fields and the need to control the security on the border line. We believe that Jordan will play important role in rebuilding Iraq just like what it did in supporting Iraq during its war on terrorism," Jaafari said at a joint press conference with Safadi.

As for the reopening of Baghdad-Amman international road and Trebil border crossing point, Safadi said "we will not allow for a group of terrorists to block the road and crossing point between the two brotherly countries and our stand with Iraq against terrorism is a stand with stability of the entire region."

"Iraq is at the forefront of countries that have confronted terrorism, and Iraq's victory over terrorism is a victory for all, and the war on terror is everyone's war," Safadi said.

Earlier, a brief statement by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said that Abadi met with Safadi and accompanying delegation, and the two sides discussed "strengthening bilateral relations in the political, security, intelligence, economic, and war on terror, as well as means to unify efforts to eliminate Daesh (IS group) in the whole region."

The two sides also discussed the required steps to expedite the opening of Trebil border crossing with Jordan, according to the statement.

Safadi also met, during his visit to Baghdad, with the Iraqi President Fuad Masoum and the parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri.

Iraq and Jordan are trying to revive the trade exchange between the two countries through Trebil border crossing, which was unsecured and closed by Iraq more than once since 2014, after the extremist IS militants took control of most of Iraq's western province of Anbar.

However, despite that the Iraqi forces freed large areas of Anbar province, the international road that passes the desert area near the town of Rutba, some 370 km west of Baghdad, is still unsafe due to the sporadic attacks by IS militants. Editor:Nicky