Jordan: Nassib Crossing to Open Only after All Arrangements Made

Jordan: Nassib Crossing to Open Only after All Arrangements Made

Wednesday, 10 October, 2018 - 07:45
FILE PHOTO - Syrian forces of Bashar al Assad are seen in the Nassib border crossing with Jordan in Deraa, Syria July 6, 2018. Reuters
Amman- Asharq Al-Awsat
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said on Tuesday that the Nassib crossing with Syria would reopen once an agreement is reached on all necessary arrangements.

Technical committees between the two countries which began talks in the middle of September were still working out the practical arrangements, said Safadi after meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil in Amman.

"The border will open after the technical committees end all the necessary arrangements and measures needed to guarantee opening the borders serves the common interests of the two countries," he added.

His comments came after Syria announced on Sept. 29 that movement of traffic and goods had begun. Syria retracted that announcement later that day, saying it would reopen on Wednesday October 10.

Damascus retook the crossing from the opposition last July.

Bassil in his visit to Amman lobbied Safadi for a speedy reopening, saying it would be a step towards stability in Syria.

"There is big hope that Nassib opens soon so that traffic goes back to its former strength," Bassil told reporters.

The Nassib route is vital to Damascus’ hopes of reviving the shattered economy and rebuilding in territory under regime control.

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