ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Jordan will maintain its “strong and solid” ties with the Kurdistan Region, the Hashemite Kingdom’s Consul-General in Erbil Haitham Abu al-Faul stated on Thursday.
The Consul-General’s comments came during an interview with Kurdistan 24 that covered trade, investment, and economic relations in general between Amman and Erbil.
“There is also an interest in strengthening relations in all areas such as cultural, educational, and medical.” Abu al-Faul said, specifying that Amman has recently put into place new procedures in its efforts to facilitate travel to Jordan by individuals seeking health care.
“Jordan has taken a number of steps aimed at easing the granting of visas for those seeking treatment and recovery in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan."
He pointed out that there are many ways through which a visa for entering Jordan can be obtained, a process which normally takes five days: the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad, the Consulate-General in Erbil, or private sector tourist offices and airlines in the Kurdistan Region.
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have also recently reiterated commitments to strengthening economic ties with the Kurdistan Region. During a meeting with the Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and a visiting Saudi delegation, both sides agreed to establish the semi-autonomous region as a new center of investment in Iraq.
Editing by John J. Catherine