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Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Iraqi President Fouad Masoum during a meeting on Thursday in Amman (Petra News)

Amman– Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Iraqi President Fouad Masoum discussed on Thursday the means to secure border crossings and the establishment of the oil pipeline between the two countries.

During an official meeting at Al Husseiniya Palace in Amman, the two leaders touched on historic ties between their countries, developments in Iraq as well as current regional developments.

The meeting was followed by extended talks attended by senior officials from Jordan and Iraq, where discussions focused on the importance of boosting cooperation and coordination, mainly in the political, economic and security fields and activating work of the joint committees on boosting economic cooperation.

King Abdullah noted that both countries have a united stance on the fight against terrorism. He also reiterated Jordan’s keenness on the unity, stability and prosperity of Iraq.

The two leaders underlined the importance of securing border crossings as well as the international highway between the two countries and speeding up the construction of the oil pipeline between the Iraqi city of Basra and the port city of Aqaba.

The Iraqi president, for his part, revealed that work was underway to reopen the international highway with Jordan.

Discussions also tackled progress achieved in the fight against ISIS terrorist group, in addition to efforts aimed at consolidating national reconciliation with the participation of all components of the Iraqi society.

Also on Thursday, King Abdullah received President of Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani, who arrived in Jordan to participate in the World Economic Forum that will be held at the Dead Sea.

Talks during the meeting focused on means to boost bilateral cooperation mainly on the economic and investment levels.

King Abdullah reaffirmed Jordan’s continued support to efforts that aim at enhancing Iraq’s security and achieving political reconciliation.