Iraq is still in need for
the support of the international community, as the extremist ideology and
terrorist cells still exist, MP Yahya al-Mohamadi of the Wataniya Coalition
The Wataniya (National) Coalition is an Iraqi political coalition that was founded in 2012 and is headed by Ayad Allawi, who served as a vice-president of Iraq from 2014 to 2015.
Iraq should conclude agreements with neighboring countries, the international community, and other strong countries, in a regular way that preserves the sovereignty and independence of the country, Mohamadi said in a press statement.
"We are in favor of any agreement that preserves the sovereignty and security of Iraq and does not interfere in its internal affairs and sovereignty," he stated.
This comes as the Parliament is planning to get rid of foreign troops from the Iraqi territory. However Iraq has recently shown keenness to enhance its bilateral ties with Arab countries including Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
The Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Hala Zawati, stated that Iraq has completed its preparations for the construction of a pipeline to transport about one million barrels of oil per day (bpd) from the Iraqi city of Basra through the port of Aqaba, on Jordan’s Red Sea coast. The project is estimated to cost $18 billion.
During a trip to Baghdad in January, Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz and his Iraqi counterpart set a deadline for implementing several agreements signed during the visit.
The premier said that a 2017 Iraqi Cabinet decision to exempt 393 Jordanian products from custom fees is now activated, while the government has granted facilities to Iraqi goods imported through the Aqaba Port.
After negotiations to identify commodities that cause no harm to Iraqi local industries and agricultural products, the two sides agreed on a list of exempted products, which are either not produced in Iraq or their production does not cover the need of the Iraqi market, the premiers said.
In April, Saudi ambassador to Iraq Abdul Aziz al-Shammari said that Iraq has approved a draft memorandum of understanding to protect Saudi investments within the Iraqi territory.
There will be fruitful cooperation between Riyadh and Baghdad, where the Iraqi prime minister's office approved such memorandum, Shammari said, affirming that this step is very encouraging for investment.
Iraqi cities are witnessing reconstruction during the coming period, he said, adding that Saudi companies will have an active role there.
The Kingdom will contribute $1.5 billion as a contribution to the reconstruction of Iraq, development projects will be implemented to benefit the Iraqi citizen, Shammari said.