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Jordan, Iraq mull harbors twinship deal

Iraq and Jordan are mulling inking a harbors twinship deal and launching a cargo airline between the King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba and Iraqi airports.

During a meeting, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority Chief Commissioner Nasser Shraideh and Iraqi Transport Minister Kadhim Al-Hammami tackled means of drawing up a feasibility study on the Asian railway network.

The talks also reviewed means of facilitating truck movement to reach Egypt.

Al-Hammami said there are joint potentials between Jordan and Iraq to promote bilateral cooperation in various domains, especially in the maritime, air and land transportation domains.

Al-Hammami said Jordan and Iraq agreed to exchange expertise and getting Iraq to draw in Jordan's experience in operating harbors.

He highlighted the role of the Arab Bridge Shipping Company - which includes Iraq, Egypt, Jordan – in promoting Arab maritime transportation.

Meanwhile, Shraideh highlighted the importance of using Aqaba as a gateway for Iraqi goods to enhance economic integration through utilizing the Tureibil border crossing and launching regular air freight routes between Aqaba and each of Baghdad, Sulaymaniyah and Basra to boost Iraqi tourism to Aqaba.

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