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Nassib crossing between Syria and Jordan is set to work

1-10-2018

The Syrian ministry of transportation declared on September 29 that the logistic preparations on the Nassib Crossing with Jordan are now complete and the crossing, which is a vital artery for neighboring countries, will reopen on October 10th and will start receiving truck and transit traffic. However, the Jordanian government spokesperson, Joumana Ghuneimat, denied the Syrian assertion, noting that the technical committees have not completed their work yet. Recalling, the Jordanian daily Al Ghad, citing informed Jordanian sources on September 25, said the crossing would be officially restored during the first half of October. On the delay, An Nahar newspaper cited Russia Today as saying, the announcement of the opening was a Syrian statement that the crossing is geared up from the Syrian side. It came under pressure of the consistent bilateral talks to step up the opening, An Nahar wrote. Jordan maintained that the disputed point which delayed the reopening is a decision by Damascus based on the principle of reciprocity under a decree which requires the increase of transit and shipping tariffs, An Nahar added. Regarding ongoing meetings between the Lebanese and Syrian officials on mutual exchange of agricultural products, the Lebanese minister of agriculture, Ghazi Zeiater, met let week in Damascus with the Syrian minister of interior trade, Abdallah Gharbi. Discussions focused on strengthening economic cooperation and increasing the exchange of goods between both countries according to the Brotherhood, Cooperation and Coordination Agreement signed between the two states. (Al Diyar, An Nahar, September 27, 28, 30, October 1, 2018)

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