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Iraqi Prime Minister Approves Reopening Of Border Crossing With Syria On Monday

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After months of hesitations and delays, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi have officially approved the reopening of the al-Qa’im border crossing with Syria.

Head of Iraq’s Border Ports Commission (BPM) announced on Saturday the official decision saying that the reopening will take place next Monday.

“The [al-Qa’im] crossing is ready for passenger traffic and also for commercial exchange,” Kazem Mohammed Baisam Al-Oqabi said in a statement, hoping that the reopening of the crossing will help improve relations between Iraq and Syria.

The al-Qa’im border crossing, which was liberated from ISIS in 2017, was supposed to be reopened earlier this month. However, the reopening was delayed several times due to technical problems and security issues.

Iraqi Prime Minister Approves Reopening Of Border Crossing With Syria On Monday

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On September 9, Israeli warplanes struck an alleged Iranian missile site southwest of the crossing. The attack was repeated on September 18 and supposedly on September 27.

The reopening of the al-Qa’im crossing is expected to boost the trade between Syria and Iraq, which would have a positive impact on the economic situation in both countries.

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