Ahmed Youssef Ahmed, a professor of political science at Cairo University and former dean of the Institute of Arab Research and Studies, told Al-Monitor, “Egypt and Jordan on the one hand, and Egypt and Iraq on the other, have two different positions in Arab politics. Iraq is close to Iran in a way that Egypt and Jordan are not. This summit thus came to serve as a bridge between the three countries, which means a kind of breaking the deadlock of alliances and reducing the level of tension in Arab relations.”. Iraq in Egypt Iraq maintains an embassy in Cairo. Egypt and Iraq abroad The Egyptian consulate is one of 97 foreign representations in Iraq, and one of five foreign representations in Basra. See more @ the Iraq EmbassyPages. The Egyptian consulate in Basra is one of 158 Egyptian diplomatic and consular representations abroad. See more @ the Egypt EmbassyPages.. On April 10, 2013, Jordan and Iraq signed an initial agreement to build a pipeline to transport Iraqi crude oil from Basra to the port of Aqaba at a cost of about $18 billion and a capacity of 1 million barrels per day, but the project is yet to be implemented..