Iraqi president Saleh to visit Jordan tomorrow

Iraqi President Barham Saleh

Amman ( – Iraqi President Barham Saleh will pay a working visit to Jordan on Thursday, during which he will hold talks with Jordanian King Abdullah II, Petra News Agency reported on Wednesday.

The two sides are expected to discuss ways to strengthen relations between the two countries in various fields, in addition to the current developments in the Middle East region.

The Iraqi leader will be accompanied by a delegation of ministers and senior officials.

The visit comes an invitation from the Jordanian monarch.

Saleh concluded on Monday a two-day Gulf tour, which took him to Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

During his meeting with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Iraqi president said that the government would work on maintaining ties with Iran in the face of the United States’ sanctions on Tehran.

“Iran is a neighboring country and our interest lies in having good and stable relations with Iran,” Saleh was quoted as saying by Reuters during Sunday’s meeting.

After withdrawing from the 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear program, the US reimposed sanctions on Tehran in two rounds, the second of which targeting the country’s key oil and banking sectors took effect on November 5.

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