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Amman, Cairo to sign deals to further cooperation

By JT - Feb 11,2014 - Last updated at Feb 11,2014

AMMAN — The Joint Higher Jordanian-Egyptian Committee will convene in Cairo on Tuesday and pave the way for further cooperation between the two countries, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Co-chairing the meetings of the committee’s 24th session, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and his Egyptian counterpart Hazem Beblawi will discuss means to advance the ongoing cooperation and attend the signing of several agreements.

They will also work to maintain political coordination on regional and international issues.

The premier, who arrived in Cairo on Monday evening to start a two-day official visit, is also scheduled to meet with Egypt’s interim president, Adli Mansour, and the country’s military chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.

Several officials, including Energy Minister Mohammad Hamed, Labour Minister Nidal Katamine and Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammad Momani are accompanying the premier.

On Monday, Jordan and Egypt held preparatory meetings that were chaired by Industry and Trade Minister Hatem Halawani and Egypt’s Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ashraf El Sayed El Araby, following the technical committee meetings where officials from the two countries worked out the main issues that will be submitted to the preparatory ministerial meetings and subsequently to the joint higher committee, according to Petra.

Industry and Trade Ministry Secretary General Maha Ali, who chaired the Jordanian delegation during the technical committee meetings, was quoted by Petra as saying that the two sides agreed on agreements and executive programmes in various fields of cooperation, including vocational training, culture, tourism and exports.

Discussions also focused on bilateral cooperation in areas of transport, health, medicine, electricity, energy, agriculture, industry, housing and education, she added.

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