World Bulletin/News Desk
Speaking after meeting Jordanian King Abdullah, Khaled al Obeidi said Amman would also supply the Iraqi army with arms needed for its drawn-out fight against the fighters who have seized wide swathes of the north and west of his country.
"I think in the next weeks the first batch of Iraqi army will get training in Jordan," the defence minister told Reuters in Amman. "The arms warehouses of Jordan from weapons and ammunition will be open to the Iraqi army."
King Abdullah, a U.S. ally whose country has joined the military campaign against ISIL militants in Syria, said on Sunday it was crucial to support both Iraqi and Syrian tribes threatened by ISIL fighters.
Jordan has in recent months beefed up its troops along the 180-km (112-mile) border with Iraq, where ISIL fighters have control over stretches of the Baghdad-Jordan highway, a major Middle Eastern trade route.
The fall of large parts of Anbar province bordering Jordan to ISIL poses a major security risks for the kingdom, officials say. Tribes currently fighting the militants in Anbar have longstanding ties with Jordan.
The kingdom, which helped train thousands of Iraqi army troops in the post-Saddam Hussein era as part of U.S. plans to rebuild the former Iraqi military, now sees Sunni tribal fighters playing a lead role in battling militants in their own areas.