On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani embarked on an ‘important visit to Egypt, according to the spokesperson of the Iraqi Government, Basem Al Awadi.
In a statement, the spokesman said that the visit aims to fortify the bilateral relations and mutual cooperation between Egypt and Iraq.
The visit marks Al Sudani’s second international trip since assuming office in October of last year. The Prime Minister’s agenda, as highlighted by local Iraqi media, includes invigorating shared committees between the two nations, with particular attention on objectives related to economics and investment.
Al Sudani is set to extend an invitation to Egyptian enterprises, encouraging their participation in Iraq’s extensive reconstruction initiatives.
Additionally, he will be signing Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) in various sectors such as housing, community services, and sports, among others. A notable point on the agenda includes discussions related to potential mediation roles between Tehran and Cairo.
Al Sudani leading a delegation consisting of 12 ministers from diverse service and security departments, alongside several influential Iraqi business figures, all set to meet with their Egyptian counterparts.
Coinciding with the launch of the high-level Iraqi-Egyptian ministerial committee, the trip has been described as “crucial”.
The committee, headed by the Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat and the Iraqi Minister of Trade Atheer Al-Ghurairy, is set to review and finalize a multitude of agreements. These documents will be then signed by the Prime Ministers of Iraq and Egypt.
Sattar Al Jabri, the Deputy Minister of Trade of Iraq and head of the expert committee remarked, “We have completed the protocol that is of strategic importance for both countries and will present it to our respective ministers.” He added that the outcome of the meeting will be formalized by the Prime Ministers’ signatures on Tuesday.
Highlighting the growing relationship between Iraq and Egypt, Al Jabri stated that there was considerable enthusiasm for collaboration with Egypt at both governmental and popular levels.
The objective, he stressed, is to broaden these relations in both the political and economic realms. “We have dispatched expert teams across several joint committees. They have begun their work by reviewing the drafts agreed upon by both sides,” said Al Jabri.
The MoUs, planned to be signed today, span multiple sectors including sports, youth, housing, reconstruction, labor, social affairs, the Secretariat of Baghdad, and many more.