Iraq will meet with 3 Arab countries next week to discuss the file of economic integration
Economie Today, 19:18
Baghdad - Ia'a
Representatives from Iraq will meet next week with their counterparts in 3 Arab countries to discuss the file of economic integration, while the Iraqi and Lebanese sides agreed to export surplus agricultural products in both countries.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture, Hamid Al-Nayef, said in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that
"the Minister of Agriculture, Muhammad Al-Khafaji, held a joint meeting at the Ministry's center this morning, Tuesday, with his Lebanese counterpart, Abbas Al-Hajj Hassan, in the presence of the Lebanese ambassador in Iraq and the head and members of the Baghdad Chamber of Commerce." And major traders and importers
to discuss ways of joint cooperation in the field of commodity exchange between the two brotherly countries and ways to create an integrated economic environment between brotherly countries, including Lebanon, as well as overcoming the obstacles facing the export and import of agricultural products. Al-Nayef added,
"Minister Al-Khafaji affirmed the Iraqi government's keenness, represented by the Ministry of Agriculture, to increase cooperation and agricultural trade exchange between Iraq and the brotherly Arab countries in all fields in a manner that serves common interests, in addition to facilitating procedures for the export and import processes and supporting merchants, exporters and importers."
According to the statement,
Al-Khafaji agreed to a proposal to establish a joint Iraqi-Lebanese transport company that works to transport goods and agricultural products between the two countries and deliver them to consumers at the lowest prices and costs, noting that
"this process is done through the private sector and that the ministry will be supportive of it." Al-Khafaji explained, according to the statement, that
"the ministry protects the local product on one side and protects the consumer on the other hand, and this partnership does not affect the locally supplied products, as all imported products are not provided locally and according to the agricultural calendar that controls the import and export process." According to the statement,
the Minister of Agriculture stressed the need to work hard to build a real partnership for economic integration between Iraq and Lebanon,
announcing the holding of a four-way meeting between Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan early next week in Amman in order to continue the search for possible means for the success of the process of economic integration between the four countries.
For his part, the Lebanese minister affirmed the depth of the brotherly relations between the two countries in all fields, noting that
"Lebanon has many agricultural crops that are surplus to need and it is possible to export them to Iraq, in addition to allowing the export of Iraqi agricultural products that are surplus to need, including dates, to Lebanon within the framework of the commodity exchange policy. agricultural products between the two countries.