Recent weeks have seen a flurry of diplomatic activity as Baghdad and Amman have sought to strengthen what had been strained bilateral ties. The reconciliation effort kicked off in November when Iraqi President Barham Salih visited Jordan. A ministerial delegation headed by Jordanian PM Omar Razzaz then visited Baghdad in December, signing several MoUs ranging from energy and electricity to trade. On 14 January Jordan’s King Abdullah visited Baghdad for the first time in over a decade.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi appears particularly keen to engage with Amman. Just this week Oil Minister Thamir Ghadhban discussed a range of issues with Jordan’s deputy prime minister as well as the energy minister Hala Adel Zawati. (CONTINUED - 517 WORDS)