Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Hakim called on Sunday for establishing major joint
economic zones, and to invest in the borders between the Arab countries.
During the ministerial meeting of the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit in Beirut, Hakim said that Iraq today has become a meeting point, which is open to all forms of cooperation with Arab states.
Iraq will play a pivotal role in preserving security and stability in the region and in building a system of Arab relations based on mutual interests, Hakim said.
"Iraq's policy is focused on economic openness, extending the hand of friendship and cooperation to all brotherly and friendly countries, building a network of economic relations and attracting large foreign investment," the foreign minister stated.