[rtl]Jordan demands Iraq billions of dollars .. This is Baghdad's response[/rtl]
[rtl]"The financial file between Jordan and Iraq is still stuck," said an official at the Jordanian Finance Ministry. "There have been financial claims to each other since the regime of ousted President Saddam Hussein, which has not been settled yet."[/rtl]
[rtl]The official said in a statement to the newspaper «new naked» country, the Jordanian claims include debts of the Central Bank to his Iraqi counterpart more than a billion dollars, while demanding Baghdad Oman frozen assets, without revealing the size. "
But the decision of the Finance Committee Representative Hoshyar Abdullah "The available data indicate that Iraq has between 3 and 5 billion dollars deposited in Jordan since the time of Saddam's regime, and there is no real Jordanian disclosure,"
Abdullah said . Jordan, there are responsibilities on both sides. "
"So far, there is no serious move from Baghdad toward the Iraqi funds in Jordan. At the same time, there are numbers on Iraq as a religion for Jordan, too. There is no resolution. Therefore, it is important to have a file move from both sides or at least to reveal each Party right ".
The two countries agreed at the end of last December to form a legal finance committee to develop solutions to their outstanding financial files, including decisions on cooperation in several economic sectors, including transport, agriculture, industry, telecommunications and information technology.
Jordan seeks to strengthen its economic relations with Iraq and find solutions to many outstanding issues, in order to revive its exports, which have been severely damaged in the past years because of the war against an oppressive organization in Iraq and the closure of the border between the two countries.
Jordan's exports to Iraq have dropped sharply in recent years, and they are no more than $ 500 million annually, according to the latest Jordanian data, due to border closures and deterioration of the security situation inside Iraq since 2014, while previously amounting to more than $ 2 billion.
"The Jordanian private sector is looking forward with interest to removing trade barriers with Iraq, which is considered to be one of the most important economic partners for Jordan," said Fathi al-Jaghbir, head of the Amman Chamber of Industry.
"Exports to Iraq are proceeding slowly due to obstacles in transporting goods from During the exchange arena on the border between the two countries and customs duties imposed on Jordanian goods. "
The newspaper quoted Jordanian Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Tariq al-Hammouri as saying that the second of next February will set a date for the start of the implementation of several economic decisions taken during the visit of Jordanian Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz last week, during which he met with Iraqi President Barham Saleh and Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi "
He said Hamouri that" it was agreed to accelerate the procedures to extend the pipeline from Iraq to the port of Aqaba Jordan (south of the Kingdom) to provide Jordan with its needs of crude oil and export some quantities to other countries, However The technical committees to determine the details of the pricing of Iraqi crude oil exported to Jordan before the second of next month.
On April 9, 2013, Iraq and Jordan signed a framework agreement to extend a pipeline to transport Iraqi crude oil from Basra to export ports in the port of Aqaba at a total cost of about $ 18 billion.
The agreement gives priority to supplying Jordan with crude oil that passes through its territory for domestic consumption under purchase contracts between the competent authorities in the two countries. The quantities and prices are determined in purchase contracts. About 150,000 barrels per day are allocated to the Zarqa refinery in Jordan by extending a branch of the pipeline , To cover their need for the production of oil derivatives.
The Iraqi Ambassador to Jordan Safia Suhail said that the two sides reached this time to agreements and practical decisions to increase economic cooperation and accelerate the implementation of projects agreed years ago, especially the oil pipeline project and the activation of trade and others.
A senior Jordanian delegation led by Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz visited Baghdad on 29 of last month. The two sides announced many vital points on the various issues discussed in the talks session and steps to implement them according to specific timetables, including the formation of a technical financial and legal committee between the two sides to develop solutions for files Outstanding financial relationship between the two countries[/rtl]