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Questions from  the Jordan, Egypt, Iraq meeting

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The Tripartite Jordanian-Egyptian-Iraqi Summit held in Cairo raised three fundamental questions:

First: Are we trying to restore the Arab Cooperation Council, which included Yemen and these three countries in the 1980s, and ended with Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait?

Second: Can Egypt and Jordan expect closer relations with Iraq in the fields of economy, trade, and energy, while relations of the two countries with Iran are tense?

Third: What are the boundaries between political and economic relations between these three parties, and can the effects of political differences be isolated from economic interests?

In answer to the first question, we say that history does not repeat itself, and anyone saying otherwise would be putting things in a context of tragedy or comedy, and I don’t think the parties believe that such a thing could happen. Iraq has an interest in diversifying its foreign relations and securing transit corridors for its abundant oil, away from the waters of the Gulf, crowded with frigates and aircraft carriers. Jordan and Egypt have deep interests with Iraq and in various fields; it is a big market, a huge source of energy and a giant reconstruction workshop, and I think........

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