Iraq to Increase Oil Supplies to Jordan by 50%

Jordan’s Prime Minister, Marouf Bakhit, said that Iraq has agreed to increase the volume of daily oil supply to Jordan from 10,000 barrels to 15,000 barrels, with plans to increase the quantity to 30,000 barrels a day eventually.

The two countries have agreed in principle to a planned crude oil pipeline stretching between the neighboring states, according to AKnews.

Bakhit was speaking to reporters after he returned home from Iraq following a one-day visit, during which he held talks with his Iraqi Counterpart Nouri al-Maliki and Iraqi Vice President Tariq Hashemi.

Petra News Agency reports that Bakhit and Maliki co-chaired meetings of the sixth session of the Joint Jordanian-Iraqi Higher Committee, which convened in Baghdad.

The premier said that the visit was “fruitful and positive”. The committee’s meetings, he said, saw extension of an agreement to supply Jordan with oil.

Bakhit noted that the two sides agreed to increase trade, through removing all obstacles hindering the flow of goods. The two sides also agreed to increase the number of Iraqis receiving treatment at Jordanian hospitals.

About 20,000 Iraqi patients are expected to arrive in Jordan this year, Bakhit said, vowing to make hospital facilities available to them.

(Source: Petra, AKnews)

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