After three years, Jordan and Syria decide to reopen border crossing

WION Web Team Delhi, India Oct 14, 2018, 09.06 PM(IST)

A Syrian government soldier stands next to a pickup truck bearing the image of President Bashar al-Assad at the Naseeib border crossing with Jordan in the southern province of Daraa on July 7, 2018, with members of the Russian military police and one of their vehicles seen in the background. Photograph:( AFP )

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Syria has a normally operating border with Lebanon. With Turkey, its frontier is only open into rebel-held areas.

After weeks of talks, Jordan and Syria have decided to reopen the border crossing on Monday after three years, news agency Reuters reported. 

According to reports, the move came after teams from both the countries met on the Jordanian side on Sunday and agreed on the final arrangements to open the crossing. Normal traffic between both the countries will not be opened just yet, Nael Husami, head of the Amman chamber of industry was quoted by Reuters. 

The Jaber crossing, known as Naseeb on the Syrian side, was a key route for Middle East trade before Amman closed it in 2015 after the post was overrun by rebels.

The area around the border crossing at Naseeb was reclaimed by Syria this July during a weeks-long Russian-backed offensive to drive rebels from their stronghold in southwest Syria.

Syria has a normally operating border with Lebanon. With Turkey, its frontier is only open into rebel-held areas. Its border crossing with Iraq is only open for government or military uses. 

(With inputs from agencies