Iraqi and Tunisian Ministers Discuss Cooperation in Transport Sector

Iraqi Transport Minister Razzaq Muhaibas Al-Saadawi met with Tunisian Foreign Affairs Minister Nabil Ammar to discuss a direct air route between Tunisia and Iraq. The ministers agreed to expedite measures to operate the Baghdad-Tunisia route, enhancing bilateral cooperation in transport and trade.

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Iraqi and Tunisian Ministers Discuss Cooperation in Transport Sector

Iraqi and Tunisian Ministers Discuss Cooperation in Transport Sector

Iraqi Transport Minister Razzaq Muhaibas Al-Saadawi met with Tunisian Foreign Affairs Minister Nabil Ammar in Baghdad on Saturday to discuss joint cooperation in the direct air route between Tunisia and Iraq to boost tourism and the movement of people and goods.

Why this matters: This cooperation has the potential to increase economic integration and comprehensive development between the two countries, as well as boost regional trade and connectivity. Strengthening transport links can also have a positive impact on the overall stability and security of the region.

According to a press release from the ministry, "The aim is to develop tourism and the movement of people and goods between the two countries." The ministers agreed to expedite necessary measures to operate the Baghdad-Tunisia route and ensure its sustainability. They emphasized the importance of enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields, especially in the transport sector, which they see as a pillar of economic integration and comprehensive development.

The Iraqi and Tunisian sides called for completing negotiations on draft agreements across different areas of transport, including meteorology, railways, maritime transport, civil aviation, and airports. Iraq welcomed Tunisia's proposal to consider a framework agreement in the transport field and establish a high-level sectoral committee to develop a joint strategy for bilateral cooperation.

Minister Al-Saadawi highlighted the Strategic Development Road project, which aims to position Iraq as a global trade hub connecting the East and West. He expressed Iraq's willingness to cooperate with Tunisia on this initiative. The road project reflects Iraq's strategic location and potential to serve as a vital link in international trade routes.

The transport sector discussions took place as part of Tunisian Foreign Minister Nabil Ammar's working visit to Iraq from May 11-12. In addition to meeting with his Iraqi counterpart, Ammar chaired the 17th session of the Tunisian-Iraqi Joint Commission, opened a joint economic forum, and met with members of the Tunisian community in Iraq.

The meeting between Ministers Al-Saadawi and Ammar underscores the shared commitment of Iraq and Tunisia to strengthen their bilateral ties and cooperation in the transport sector. By focusing on activating direct air links, exchanging expertise, and collaborating on strategic projects, the two countries aim to unlock the economic potential of improved connectivity and trade.

Key Takeaways

  • Iraq and Tunisia discuss direct air route to boost tourism and trade.
  • Cooperation aims to increase economic integration and regional connectivity.
  • Ministers agree to expedite measures for Baghdad-Tunisia route's sustainability.
  • Iraq and Tunisia to complete negotiations on transport agreements.
  • Strategic Development Road project aims to make Iraq a global trade hub.