Hakaari delighted at the prospect of new border gates
When the President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, visited Diyarbakir and met with Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the two leaders agreed to open two border gates in the province of Hakaari.
The people of Hakaari were overjoyed at the news. Last week, a large number of people from the province began celebrating after visiting the area in which the border gates are planned to open.
A press conference was held when the people arrived in the area. Speaking as a representative of the people gathered there, Sarwat Tash said: “The opening of these two border gates is the outcome of President Barzani’s visit to Diyar- bakir.”
While the new border gates will definitely boost the local economy and improve the local people’s standard of living, Tash believes they will also have an enormous positive impact on relations between Kurds in Iraq and Turkey.
“This is a great step towards the prevention of smuggling. People in the area are eagerly awaiting the completion of the project as soon as possible,” noted Tash.
Turkey and Iraq also agreed to construct a land and railway border gate in Ovaköy for small vehicles and trains. Turkey has already proposed a location for the border gate and the railway authorities on both sides of the border are negotiating where the Turkey-Iraq railway will cross the border.
A third bridge is also to be constructed in Habur, the site of the only border gate currently in operation between Turkey and Iraq. The plan is to build it in the area between two pre-existing bridges in Habur, Yazıcı said. After the two sides have signed a protocol, a tender will be organized by the General Directorate of Highways and the cost will be divided between the two countries, he added.
It is believed that new border gates will make a considerable contribution to trade in the Middle East, Caucasus and Turkey.