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Jordan Prioritizes Security in Syria Border Crossing Reopening

Jordan Prioritizes Security in Syria Border Crossing Reopening

Monday, 17 September, 2018 - 09:15
Members of the Russian military police patrol the Nassib border crossing with Jordan in the southern Syrian province of Daraa a on August 14, 2018. AFP
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A Jordanian-Syrian technical team discussed last week the arrangements for the reopening of the border crossing in southern Syria on Jordan’s border.

Jordanian sources said that the Kingdom’s top priority in the possible reopening of the crossing was security.

Alghad newspaper quoted military sources as saying that the Nassib crossing is vital for being the only transit that links Jordan to several countries through Syria.

The crossing in Syria's Daraa governorate was closed in April 2015 after the deterioration of the security situation in the border area.

The team's meeting was held last Wednesday at the Jaber crossing, on the Jordanian side of the border in Mafraq governorate.

It is one of the busiest crossings on the Syrian border. The number of trucks passing through it before the Syrian crisis erupted in 2011 amounted to 7,000 a day.

In early July, the Syrian army regained full control of the crossing, which was opened in 1997.

Its reopening needs time to set the appropriate security conditions for passengers and trucks that will take the route towards Damascus and other Syrian provinces, Brigadier General Mohammad Alawneh told the German news agency.

Alawneh stressed that the safety and security of carriers should be considered as one of the government's top priorities.

Jordan regards security as a priority in light of the incidents that have taken place in Syrian areas that are adjacent to the Jordanian border, and the control of different armed factions of these areas, he stressed.

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