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Iraq, Jordan Discuss Border Security and Combatting Terrorism

Iraq, Jordan Discuss Border Security and Combatting Terrorism

Monday, 20 September, 2021 - 05:45
The Jordanian Interior Minister met his Iraqi counterpart on Sunday, September 19, 2021. (Petra)

Jordan and Iraq discussed Sunday means of bolstering bilateral cooperation in combatting terrorism, extremism and border security.

Jordanian Minister of Interior Mazen al-Faraya and his Iraqi counterpart Othman al-Ghanimi also tackled in Amman ways to address smuggling operations and human trafficking.

Exchange of information, development of trade exchange operations through the Karameh border crossing (Trebil), investment, revitalization of tourism, facilitation of residency procedures and visa granting were among the issues discussed, the Jordanian news agency (Petra) reported.

The government is keen to overcome obstacles that would affect bilateral ties, Faraya said, adding that it has allowed trucks to enter, facilitated trade and movement and developed e-procedures to grant visas and residencies.

Ghanimi, for his part, pointed to the old and well-established bilateral ties and historical bonds that require continuous progress to develop them through coordination and joint consultation in exchanging training and information expertise, forensic evidence and the use of security technology.

He said his visit aims to consider the smooth flow of trade and investment, and address some difficulties faced by Iraqis residing in the kingdom.

Both sides are expected to reconsider the 2005 security agreement to achieve their common interests.

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