Iraq Postpones Tripartite Summit with Egypt and Jordan after Train Collision
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Iraq Postpones Tripartite Summit with Egypt and Jordan after Train Collision

 

ERBIL - Iraq on Friday announced the postponement of the tripartite summit with Egypt and Jordan in in solidarity with the Egyptian people after a tragic train collision in the country.

The announcement was made by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in a Twitter statement, in which he also offered condolences to the Egyptian authorities and people.

"We express our deepest condolences to the government & people of Egypt for the terrible train collision in Sohag. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and we wish the injured a speedy recovery," Kadhimi wrote on Twitter.

"In solidarity, we will postpone the trilateral summit to the near future."

The summit had been planned to be held in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

This came after at least 32 people were killed and 66 others suffered injuries after two trains collided near the Egyptian city of Sohag, the country's authorities reported.

The collision reportedly took place after an unidentified person pulled an emergency brake, which caused one of the trains to stop and the other to crash into it from behind.

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