Jordan energy minister says ties with Egypt ‘strategic’
Jordan's Energy Minister Mohamed Hamed - AFP

AMMAN: Jordan’s Energy Minister Mohamed Hamed has hailed as “strategic” relations with Egypt.

Egypt constitutes the strategic depth of the Arab world, Hamed said.

He hoped the situation will further improve in Egypt now that Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is in office.

Cooperation between Amman and Cairo is particularly good in the field of energy, Hamed told a MENA correspondent in the Jordanian capital.

But he still said that blasts that target the pipeline supplying Jordan with Egyptian natural gas add further pressure on the national economy because the cut in supplies leads to an increase in the cost of power production.

He put the daily losses due to the cut in gas supplies at about $4 million.

Hamed was recently in Cairo for talks with officials on oil and natural gas projects between the two countries and Iraq.

The three Arab countries signed a memorandum of understanding in March on future mechanisms of cooperation where oil and gas projects are concerned.

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