Syria to open key bor­der cross­ing with Jor­dan

The Gulf Today - - MIDDLE EAST -

DA­M­AS­CUS: Prepa­ra­tions to re­open a vi­tal bor­der cross­ing be­tween Syria and Jor­dan have been com­pleted, set­ting the stage for its re­open­ing next month, Syria’s staterun news agency said on Satur­day.

Ear­lier, the agency re­ported that the Naseeb cross­ing had re­opened and that the low of trucks and tran­sit across the bor­der had be­gun.

But Jor­dan’s gov­ern­ment spokes­woman Ju­mana Ghu­naimat de­nied the re­port, say­ing in a state­ment that the cross­ing bor­der has not opened yet and that tech­ni­cal com­mit­tees from both sides were still meet­ing to deal with lo­gis­tics, tech­ni­cal and in­fra­struc­ture is­sues.

Shortly af­ter­ward, SANA said the bor­der cross­ing would for­mally re­open on Oct.10.

The re­open­ing of the Naseeb cross­ing would bring ma­jor re­lief to Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s gov­ern­ment by restor­ing a much needed gate­way for Syr­ian ex­ports to Arab coun­tries.

Rebels seized con­trol of the cross­ing in 2015, sev­er­ing a life­line and dis­rupt­ing a ma­jor trade route be­tween Syria and Jor­dan, Le­banon and the Gulf coun­tries.

Syr­ian troops cap­tured it in July this year af­ter rebels reached an agree­ment with Rus­sian me­di­a­tors to end the vi­o­lence in the south­ern prov­ince of Daraa and sur­ren­der the cross­ing.

The fall of Daraa and re­cap­ture of Naseeb marked an­other vic­tory for As­sad’s forces and sig­naled the re­turn of his forces to the prov­ince where the up­ris­ing against him be­gan seven years ago, fol­low­ing suc­ces­sive mil­i­tary vic­to­ries across most of the coun­try with the help of pow­er­ful al­lies Rus­sia and Iran.

The Naseeb cross­ing is of par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance as it con­sti­tutes an im­por­tant eco­nomic artery for the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. It is the only out­let that links them with for­eign mar­kets for their agri­cul­tural prod­ucts.

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