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Al-Janabi: MoUs Targeting 5 Sectors To Be Signed Within A Joint Work Plan

Al-Janabi: MoUs Targeting 5 Sectors To Be Signed Within A Joint Work Plan

Thursday, 11 April, 2019 - 13:15
Photo of the high-level Gulf-Iraqi meeting in Riyadh on Wednesday (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Riyadh - Fatehelrahman Yousif
The Saudi capital hosted on Wednesday a high-level Gulf-Iraqi meeting that witnessed the launch of a strategic joint action plan and MoUs aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two sides.

In a phone interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Dr. Qahtan al-Janabi, the Iraqi ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said that the MoUs covered five vital sectors, including security, economy, education, health and sports.

He added that the meeting in Riyadh was held in the presence of a senior Iraqi delegation and the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), under the chairmanship of Dr. Abdulaziz al-Owaisheq, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Negotiations.

He also noted that a joint investment conference would be held later this year in Baghdad.

According to Janabi, an agreement will soon be signed between the two parties “to enhance cooperation and partnership in the political, security and military sectors, in order to coordinate political stances on regional and international issues.” The agreement also provides military coordination and training.

The second sector, according to the ambassador, includes commercial and economic cooperation, in order to explore investment opportunities in Iraq and to facilitate the movement of goods between the country and the GCC.

He added that the third sector was education, and would involve the exchange of experiences and scholarships and twinning programs.

As for the fourth sector, it includes health and environment through the adoption of health programs and the exchange of training and expertise in the medical and health fields.

In this regard, Janabi emphasized that the GCC countries were keen to agree with Baghdad on environmental and health issues,“ as Iraq is an important part of the region.

The Iraqi ambassador noted that the fifth sector will include sports and youth, noting that the two sides have stressed the importance of integrating various types of sports in Iraq with those in the GCC countries and to strengthen the involvement of the young population.

A statement on the joint meeting between the General Secretariat of the GCC and Iraq was issued on Wednesday, underlining the ties of brotherhood and neighborliness between the two sides.

Participants discussed ways to strengthen the existing relations between GCC states and Iraq in the fields of economy, politics, security, culture, media, education, health and sports.

They also agreed to strengthen strategic political coordination with the aim to enhance security and stability in the region, combat terrorism and promote the economic plan in the fields of trade, industry, investment, oil, energy, agriculture and the private sector.

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