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Jordan, Lebanon and Syria to discuss the opening of the Nassib Crossing during Damascus Fair

5-9-2018

The Lebanese industry minister, Hussein Haj Hassan arrived in Damascus yesterday to attend the Damascus International Fair 2018 (DIF) at the invitation of his Syrian counterpart, Mohamad Samer Khalil, An Nahar daily reported. The exhibition in its 60th edition opens tomorrow, September 6 with an Arab and international presence. Haj Hassan is expected to inaugurate the Lebanese pavilion which hosts some 56 companies and factories and around 15 media and advertising firms. An Nahar said that the agriculture minister Ghazi Zeiater is expected to arrive in the Syrian capital later today. Meanwhile, Al Hayat newspaper wrote that while the president of the Lebanese Chambers, Mohamad Choucair, did not receive any invitation from the management of the Lebanese section to visit the exhibition, he hesitated to admit that the Chambers received the invitation but that he personally will not attend attributing this to political reasons and not to a government decision to boycott the event. On the other hand, Al Hayat reported that a Jordanian economic delegation from the commercial, industrial and services sectors has arrived in Damascus yesterday in an official visit called on by the Federation of Syrian Chambers in preparation for the international fair. The newspaper said that both sides will discuss developing trade exchange between the two countries and removing obstacles to the reopening of the Nassib border crossing. The Lebanese officials in turn, are expected to discuss with their Syrian counterparts strengthening economic and trade relations, and more particularly the reopening of the Nassib crossing, according to An Nahar, which said that Syrians believe that the reopening of the crossing, which has long facilitated the entry of Lebanese exports into Jordan, is principally a political matter. The president of the Union of Mediterranean Confederation of Businessmen, chief of industrialists, Jacques Sarraf, pointed out that negotiations between the Lebanese and Syrian officials are essential due to the vitality of the Crossing, stressing that the issue is not limited to the two countries, but involves Jordan as well, which should approve its reopening. (An Nahar, Al Diyar, Al Hayat, August 29, September 5, 2018)

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