Jordan, Iraq Agree to Build Oil Pipeline Linking Two Sides

Jordan and Iraq will boost cooperation in the field of energy by building an oil pipeline linking the two sides, Jordanian Prime Minister Ali Abu Ragheb said here on Thursday.

Ragheb said during a meeting with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that Amman and Baghdad have agreed to build a pipeline for Iraq to export oil to its oil-deficient neighbor, the official Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported.

Iraq, Jordan's only source of crude oil, supplies the kingdom with about 100,000 barrels of oil each day. Jordan currently imports oil from Iraq by land transport.

The Jordanian prime minister did not say when the pipeline will be constructed.

Ragheb said that he held "sincere and fruitful" talks with Saddam, who, for his part, expressed readiness to strengthen cooperation with Jordan "in all fields," INA said.

"Jordan will do its best to help lift economic sanctions on Iraq to end the suffering of the Iraqi people," Ragheb was quoted as saying.

Baghdad has been under crippling trade embargo imposed by the United Nations Security Council after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Ragheb arrived in Iraq Wednesday for a three-day visit. He is the first head of government in the Arab world to visit Iraq since 1990.

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