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Egypt, Jordan, Iraq Agree on ‘Strategic Cooperation’ to Restore Regional Stability

Egypt, Jordan, Iraq Agree on ‘Strategic Cooperation’ to Restore Regional Stability

Monday, 25 March, 2019 - 07:15
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi (C) shakes hands with King Abdullah II of Jordan (L) and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in Cairo, Egypt, March 24, 2019. (Xinhua/MENA)

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi, Jordan's King Abdullah II, and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi affirmed on Sunday during their three-way summit in Cairo their commitment to maintaining strategic cooperation and coordination with Arab countries to restore regional stability and reach solutions to crises.

In a joint communiqué issued after the summit, the three countries called on regional and international efforts to counter terrorism within a holistic approach.

The leaders emphasized the importance of combatting terrorism in all its forms and confronting everyone supporting terrorism by offering financing, armament, safe shelters, or media platforms, according to the communiqué.

They also stressed on the importance to end "the all-out battle" against terrorism, particularly after recent military setbacks suffered by ISIS in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

The meeting also covered the importance of capitalizing on the potential of the three countries' geographical connectivity and their joint strategic and economic interests.

Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan also noted the importance of supporting the Palestinian people in securing all their legitimate rights, including the right to an independent state on their national soil with East Jerusalem as its capital, in line with international laws and relevant UN resolutions.

The three countries agreed to hold regular trilateral meetings to coordinate their positions and policies in the best interests of their peoples and in the pursuit of economic prosperity, while cooperating with fraternal and friendly states and building balanced international relations.

Sunday’s meeting in Cairo comes ahead of the annual Arab League summit due to be held later this month in Tunisia.

The three leaders hoped the upcoming Arab summit in Tunisia would lead to restoring Arab solidarity and bolstering joint action within the framework of the Arab League.

Ahead of the summit, Sisi and King Abdullah held talks focused on the advanced level of Jordanian-Egyptian ties and means to bolster economic and investment cooperation, as well as to maintain coordination on various issues.

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