Hakim’s Visit to Jordan...

By Jumana Ghunaimat

تم نشره في Mon 12 December / Dec 2016. 12:00 AM - آخر تعديل في Mon 12 December / Dec 2016. 10:09 PM
  • Jumana Ghunaimat

It has always been this way; Jordan is and always has been Iraq’s lungs, no matter the changing tides of time, this is history, which binds the two countries in an unescapable duality.

Last week, head of the Iraqi National Coalition, Ammar Hakim, visited Amman. And the most important message behind his brief visit was the Iraqi conviction, maintained, in the massive role Jordan has played in the realisation of Iraqi interests.

Hakim, during his meet with His Majesty the King, and a number of ranking Jordanian officials, highlighted Iraqi efforts to institute National Reconciliation and restore the national Iraqi society. Generally speaking, Hakim did not go into details on how reconciliation is to be achieved, be it via the National Conference, which includes hundreds of representative national figures of all the social components of the Iraqi society, to determine their own fate, or via other means.

For Iraq, it is not an easy task; restoring harmony between the main Sunni and Shiite components of the social fabric, even though I personally despite the categorisation. This restoration would require a fundamental political resolution. One in which Jordan is very keen to partake in the intermediation of Sunni participation, to convince the Sunni components in taking part.

More so, Hakim spoke about in house reorganisation, to which end a document is said to be prepared, which would constitute the post-Daesh discourse, when the lands and the people subjugated to the group’s terrors are liberated.

In Summary, it was an important message, conveying goodwill towards Jordan and Jordanians, with evident efforts placed by Iraq’s Ambassador to Amman, Safiyyah Suheil. Still, given the internal situation in Iraq and the regional alignment, the task Hakim spoke of is not at all easy!

Iraq’s clutching unto Jordan, diversifying cooperation, extending bridges, and reinforcing ties between the two countries is merely a reflection of both countries’ appreciation of this inevitable relation, meanwhile, expressing understanding of Jordan’s geopolitical role, while endeavouring tirelessly to realise tangible, economic results of sought Jordan-Iraqi cooperation, which may transform Jordan into an exportation gateway for Iraq to the rest of the world. Similarly, the mutually beneficial relationship would pump some blood into the vessels of Jordan’s exhausted economy.

The horizons of cooperation are endless, and so is the benefit for both parts; Iraq’s stability and its triumph in the war against Daesh, the terror group also known as ISIS, are both of high interest and stake for Jordan. Much of the economic damage Jordan has endured is caused by the border-locks with Iraq. And there are major mutually beneficial projects underway; like the gas and oil pipeline, and the increase of commercial transactions in general, which is vitally crucial for both countries.

Based on this constant equation of reciprocated interests in the resurgence of both Jordan and Iraq, economically and in other spheres, the latter is seeking, in the context of undergoing rearrangements, to rearrange relations with Jordan, and reintegrate with the Arab surrounding.

Even though this reintegration is pillared by an Iraqi political resolve, particularly Jordan and the reconstruction of economic relations, which would require an internal Iraqi decision, it remains uneasy at all to achieve, given the status quo.

Historically speaking, the relationship is inevitable, and it is a close strategic relationship. Jordan’s positive role in the Iraqi reconciliation would be good, it has to however be conditioned by the establishment of justice and equal rights facilitated by a reconciliation that would base on an all-inclusive dynamic, one which would secure stability for Iraq and rid it from terrorism, regardless of the identity of the perpetrators of terror.

Securing Iraqi unity and making sure division scenarios are evaded to safeguard the country against civil war and conflict is no easy task; it would require an extended effort, backed regionally, and could only be attained should the Iraqi leadership be ready to face these threats.

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