Hakaari de­lighted at the prospect of new bor­der gates

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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