Arab summit to discuss joint Arab economic schemes

Published March 13th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Jordanian Prime Minister Ali Abu Ragheb on Monday, March 12, said an upcoming Arab summit will discuss several common Arab economic schemes, including joint infrastructure projects. 

 

The March 27-28 summit, which will convene in Amman "will discuss several economic issues that are of interest to the Arab world such as joint infrastructure projects, like roads, ports and railways as well as gas and telecommunication schemes," Abu Ragheb told reporters. 

 

Abu Ragheb did not give more details about the summit, which is expected to focus first and foremost on the Palestinian issue and Iraq. 

 

King Abdullah II meanwhile held talks with Abu Ragheb on preparations for the summit and was briefed by the prime minister on "economic projects" which Jordan will submit to the conference, official Petra news agency reported. 

 

Earlier Egypt and Jordan announced that Abdullah will travel Wednesday to Syria to inaugurate with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad a link-up of their power grids to the Egyptian network. 

 

The Jordanian and Egyptian networks were linked in March 1999 by an underwater cable, as part of a project launched in 1996 aimed at connecting the grids of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey and Iraq. 

 

In January, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon also signed a billion-dollar deal for the transport and sale of natural gas between their countries and leaders of the four nations hope to launch the project soon. 

 

The Arab summit will be preceded by a meeting of Arab economy ministers, expected to bolster inter-Arab economic action and make recommendations to their leaders, Arab press reports have said this week. — (AFP, Amman) 

 

© Agence France Presse 2001

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