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What to Make of Jordan, Egypt and Iraq’s New Alliance

MIN READJul 6, 2021 | 18:00 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Jordan's King Abdullah II, Iraqi President Barham Saleh and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (from left to right) meet in Baghdad on June 27, 2021. 

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Jordan's King Abdullah II, Iraqi President Barham Saleh and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (from left to right) meet in Baghdad on June 27, 2021. 

(AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images)

An emerging partnership between Jordan, Egypt and Iraq will yield security and commercial gains for each country, as well as provide an alternative Arab voice in the wider region. On June 27, the leaders of Iraq, Jordan and Egypt met in Baghdad for high-level talks on commercial, strategic and security matters. These three Arab middle powers’ dependence on external support will constrain the rapid formation of their new tripartite alliance. But shared economic and political interests will still fuel the pact's incremental creation, especially if the threat of Turkish and Iranian regional influence grows....

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