AMMAN, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Jordan and Iraq on Thursday agreed to beef
up security measures at a border crossing to prevent infiltrations and
weapons smuggling between the two countries, officials said.
They said Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, on his first visit
to Amman since he assumed his post earlier this year, also decided to set up
a permanent joint committee with Jordan to oversee security between the two
"We will modernize al-Karamah border point with modern technology
and X-ray (machines) to uncover infiltrators and explosives," Jordanian
Prime Minister Adnan Badran told reporters in Amman.
Iraq's Shi'ite Muslim-led government has been critical of other Arab
states for what it says is their failure to prevent Sunni Muslim guerrillas
from crossing into Iraq and their reluctance to establish full diplomatic
The most wanted man in Iraq is Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian who
leads Iraq's al Qaeda wing, which has claimed some of the country's
At a meeting with Jaafari on Thursday, Jordan's King Abdullah hailed
the outcome of a referendum on Iraq's new constitution, saying its approval
would pave the way for stability in the country.