Jordanian premier visits Iraq for cooperation talks
Jordanian Prime Minister Samir Rifai flew to Baghdad Monday - the first visit by a ranking Arab official since the formation of the new Iraqi government, dpa reported.
Rifai, who is accompanied by a powerful government delegation, is due to have talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on the prospects of boosting bilateral cooperation, particularly in the security and trade spheres, officials said.
He is accompanied by Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Interior Minister Saad Srour and other cabinet ministers.
The two countries are due to sign a number of cooperation agreement during the brief visit.
Jordan hopes to raise its imports of Iraqi crude oil at discounted prices.
Under a previous agreement, Iraq pledged to supply Jordan with 10,000 barrels of oil daily at reduced prices, to be increased gradually to 30,000 barrels. Security obstacles have so far prevented a total implementation of the accord.