Al-Sudani and Erdogan: The path of development is an economic opportunity for the benefit of the region
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Haider al-Jaber and Janan al-Asadi
present a new opportunity for Iraq to resolve its problems with its neighbor Turkey, in the context of popular dissatisfaction with Ankara's security and even water activities. The Turkish president, in contact with Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani a few days ago, expressed his country's readiness to work on the "Development Path" project. Which means a regional turnout for the project, which it is hoped will link the East with the West through Iraq.
According to an official statement, Al-Sudani made it clear, during the call, that Iraq wants to build regional and international partnerships that contribute to the national economic development of brotherly and friendly countries, work to face challenges, and consolidate security and stability in the region.
The statement also quoted Erdogan as his country's direction towards expanding cooperation with Iraq and the readiness of his country's companies to work in the "Development Path" project, and to contribute to this economic opportunity.
In this regard, the political researcher Moufid al-Saeedi saw in the geography of Iraq strengths that serve the future "Development Path" project.
Al-Saeedi said, in an interview with "Al-Sabah": "Geographically, Iraq is a link between the countries of West Asia, the Arabs, and the West through the Dry Canal to Turkey," noting that "the Iraqi negotiator dealt with this project according to the strengths he possesses, so Turkey hastened." By offering some facilities to the Iraqis because it is aware of the status of this project, and because Iraq has the keys to playing in any project or agreement.
He continued, "Iraq's strength lies in the strength of its internal decision, and through it it can, according to international law and treaties, be strong and influential," noting that "Iraq has a strong point in this project represented by the presence of another outlet through Syria and the port of Tartous to Europe, and one of the bargaining chips is the pressure of trade exchange." With Turkey, which amounts to approximately $20 billion annually, in addition to the PKK card.
Al-Saeedi asked, "Does the Iraqi player have the deep breath to be the winner or is he based on the (winner-winner) rule in his strategic projects?"
In turn, the economist Safwan Qusay pointed out that "(development path) is important for Turkey because it will be a passage towards Europe," calling for "investing in Iraq's distinctive geographical location."
Qusai told "Al-Sabah": "The Iraqi-Turkish relations are important and strategic, especially since the European Union needs new sources of energy after the Ukraine war," adding that "the alternatives available to Europe are Qatar's gas through Turkey, and the investment of the Iraqi site that links Asia And Africa in Europe through Turkey will increase the volume of trade exchange between the two countries and will allow European technology and exports to go to Asia and vice versa.
He continued, "The United Arab Emirates has opened a trade bridge with India, and it is expected that it will link the Gulf and Turkey through the (development road), and we believe that the trade relationship with China and Asian countries will be through the port of Faw," noting that "Turkish investments in Iraq will guarantee a share of sustainable water and the investment of Turkish ports for the free exchange of goods between the two countries.
He pointed out that "Iraq needs strategic economic relations with Turkey, in addition to coordination with the Gulf states, Egypt and Jordan, which makes this path a window for the eastern countries to create a partnership with the European Union that will be strengthened in the event of investing relations with Washington by establishing technological cities in Iraq to control the market share." in Iraq and Asia.
Meanwhile, the Director General of the Department of Mine Affairs, Sabah Hassan Al-Husseini, said in an interview with "Al-Sabah": "As part of the strategic plan prepared to clear all mine-contaminated areas - especially the areas on which important economic or agricultural projects will be implemented - the department is heading to launch clearance work." (Development Road) from contamination with cluster munitions soon.
And he indicated that "20 billion dinars have been allocated from the value of the department's financial budget to carry out the work of clearing contamination with cluster munitions exclusively, and that there are many governorates that suffer from this contamination - especially the southern governorates - and the Muthanna governorate is the most polluted, followed by the governorates of Basra and Dhi Qar."
He pointed out that "the department is working in coordination with the Ministries of Interior and Defense and the Popular Mobilization Forces to carry out purification work," stressing that "the department is working to provide all important logistical preparations to secure the requirements for clearing areas contaminated with military munitions in order to implement all projects and within the specified period."
Edited by: Ali Abdel-Khalek
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