(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)
Baghdad, Feb.6 (Petra) -- Lower House Speaker, Atef Tarawneh affirmed that Jordanian-Iraqi relations share common values driven by the two countries' leadership, pointing out that today is a "golden time" to build bridges of serious and fruitful cooperation between Amman and Baghdad.
Tarawneh made his remarks during a meeting with Head of the Iraqi State of Law Coalition Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday in the presence of the Jordanian parliamentary delegation, which arrived in Baghdad yesterday evening.
Tarawneh said: "What matters to us in the Jordanian parliament is for Iraq to be unified, its constitutional institutions to be solid and effective, and enjoys national unity that includes its people from Kurds, Arabs, Christians, Sunni and Shiite Muslims and its various sects and component, which requires intensifying efforts of all political parties to work to strengthen the home front."
For his part, al-Maliki said the Jordanian-Iraqi relations are strong and are developing in a way that satisfies the interest of the two peoples, pointing out that recent visits indicate that relations will grow better than before.
He noted that the next stage should go beyond the signing of bilateral agreements, "and we must follow up the implementation of those agreements so that there is cooperation in all areas, not only in the areas of trade and economy."
"We are heading towards rebuilding and reconstruction, and Jordan should be a gateway to the rebuilding of Iraq, and we need to deepen confidence with Iraq," he added.
"Jordan is a key element in the regional security and we are required to step up efforts to combat terrorism and not allow extremist organizations to take an opportunity to organize their ranks, he further added.
He commended Jordan's efforts in the war on terrorism, and said: "We will not forget that our borders with Jordan remained protected by the Jordanian side over the past years," he emphasized.