Preparatory meetings at the ministerial level were launched at the headquarters of the Ministry of International Cooperation today, Thursday, to prepare for the convening of the 29th Joint Egyptian-Jordanian Higher Committee, according to a statement from the ministry today.
The meeting was attended by Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation and Head of the Egyptian side in the preparatory meetings, with Maha Ali, Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply, Head of the Jordanian side, Hala Zawati, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, and Amjad Al-Adayleh, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, as well as the accompanying Jordanian technical delegation.
The meeting was also attended by representatives of 9 Egyptian government ministries and authorities, namely the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industry, Civil Aviation, Transport, Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Health and Population, Supply and Internal Trade, Agriculture and Land Reclamation, and the Financial Supervisory Authority.
The preparatory meetings come in light of the talks held recently between Mustafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, and his Jordanian counterpart, Bishr Al-Khasawneh, during which it was agreed that the joint Egyptian-Jordanian Higher Committee meetings would be held in the first half of next March, within the framework of strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries and cooperation. The trio between Egypt, Jordan and Iraq.
Rania Al-Mashat stressed the importance of the coordination ministerial meeting and expert meetings in preparing and arranging for the joint Egyptian-Jordanian Supreme Committee meetings, and agreeing on the details and technical features of the documents proposed to be signed in various fields, to complete the process of joint cooperation between the two countries that began since the 1980s.
She explained that this process resulted in the holding of 28 sessions of the Joint Higher Committee, the last of which was in Cairo in July 2019, which contributed to strengthening economic cooperation relations in various fields.
Al-Mashat stressed the importance of activating the mechanism of bilateral technical committees that are held periodically between representatives of all parties because of their great impact on solving any problems or obstacles that may arise in the course of joint cooperation, and proposing new mechanisms to develop joint cooperation, and thus the need to agree on specific dates for the convening of all committees. Bilateral.
She indicated the importance of developing clear proposals to activate the tripartite cooperation projects that were agreed upon during the previous meetings between Egypt, Jordan and Iraq, in order for an agreement to be reached during the tripartite cooperation meeting to be held on the sidelines of the joint supreme committee’s work on all necessary procedures to start implementing these projects.
For its part, the Jordanian Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply thanked the Egyptian side for the warm reception and hospitality, and the preparation at the level of all concerned parties for the work of the Joint Egyptian-Jordanian Higher Committee to enhance bilateral cooperation, as well as discussing the files of tripartite cooperation between Jordan, Egypt and Iraq in light of the directives of the leaders of the three countries. And meetings at the level of ministers.
The Jordanian minister expressed her aspiration for the work of the Supreme Committee to be held in mid-March, according to what was agreed upon by the prime ministers of the two countries, and for a common and clear vision to be reached in the cooperation files between the two countries to be accomplished and signed during the committee’s work in a way that enhances the bonds of cooperation between the two countries.
The Egyptian and Jordanian sides discussed the documents and proposed areas of cooperation in several sectors, including irrigation, housing, customs, international cooperation, aviation and migration, according to the statement.
The talks also touched upon the mechanisms and projects of tripartite cooperation between Egypt, Jordan and Iraq in the fields of electrical interconnection, oil and gas, health and food security, logistical areas, industrial integration and others.
During the meeting, representatives of the various ministries from the Egyptian side and their counterparts from the Jordanian side exchanged discussions, opinions and observations on the outstanding issues and the technical aspects that must be completed in order to complete all the details of the documents to be signed before the meeting of the Supreme Committee.
The Jordanian delegation is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with their counterparts in the government to agree on joint cooperation mechanisms and proposed issues during the work of the Supreme Committee.
The Joint Higher Committees are considered one of the most important tools for economic diplomacy of the Ministry of International Cooperation, and the most effective one for opening new horizons for bilateral cooperation between Egypt and the Arab countries, and the Ministry of International Cooperation supervises the preparation and preparation of these committees at the expert and ministerial levels, according to the statement.
Rania Al-Mashat met with the Jordanian Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply and the Jordanian ambassador to Cairo, during February 2020, in the framework of preparing for the joint Egyptian-Jordanian Higher Committee meetings.
The Egyptian-Jordanian Committee is the first joint Arab committee, as its activities began in the mid-1980s, and it is considered one of the most regular of the higher committees in the dates of holding its successive sessions, whether in Cairo or Amman, in addition to the size of the achievements it has achieved over thirty years, according to the ministry’s statement.
The Egyptian-Iraqi Joint Higher Committee held its work for the first time in nearly 30 years during the period from October 28-31, headed by the heads of the two councils of ministers in the two countries, and 15 documents were signed in various fields to enhance joint cooperation between the two sides, and bilateral meetings between officials of the two countries continue to activate What was agreed upon in the Supreme Committee, according to the statement.