The Iraqi deputy Prime Minister arrived in Jordan on Wednesday (30 April) for talks with government officials.
GV Plane taxiing on runway in Amman, Jordan
GV Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Taha yassin Ramadan, down steps and greeted (3 shots)
SV Mr. Ramadan shaking hands with officials
GV Mr. Ramadan inspecting guard of honour
SV INTERIOR Mr. Ramadan speaking to reporter in Arabic as officials look on (2 shots)
GV Mr. Ramadan and officials seated]
GV Mr. Ramadan leaves and enters car
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Background: The Iraqi deputy Prime Minister arrived in Jordan on Wednesday (30 April) for talks with government officials. Mr. Taha Yassin Ramadan was there to conclude an agreement on the importation of more than a million tons/tonnes of goods through a Jordanian port int he Gulf of Aqaba.
SYNOPSIS: At Amman airport, Mr. Ramadan was met by Jordanian officials including the Agriculture Minister, Dr. Qassem Rimawi. Others in the welcoming delegation, included the Ministers of Transport, Finance, and Economy. It was the first visit to Jordan by a top-ranking Iraqi minister for some years.
Jordan, which has a conservative government and is a monarchy headed by King Hussein, has not, until recently, had close relations with Iraq. But the Iraqis have moved steadily away from their ties with the Soviet Union and towards more friendly relations with the West.
Until 1972 nearly all Iraq's military equipment was supplied by the Soviet by the Soviet Union, but that share has declined drastically. In the past month Iraq has expelled two leftist Palestinian guerrilla groups from Baghdad. There also has been rising tension in the relationship between Iraq and the revolutionary government of neighbouring Iran.
The main purpose of Mr. Ramadan's visit to Jordan was described as strengthening economic ties between the two countries.