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Syria, Jordan in talks to reopen key border crossing, resume bilateral trade

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Syrian and Jordanian officials have started talks to reopen the key border crossing of al-Nassib after a three-year hiatus in a bid to re-establish bilateral trade and help revive the economy of war-torn Syria.

The first round of talks was held on Wednesday, with both countries agreeing to continue negotiations over the practical arrangements, from customs to security, in order to reopen the crossing in southern Syria, an informed source said Thursday.

“The meetings will continue to put a complete view of all the arrangements linked to reopening the crossings in the coming period,” the source told Reuters.

Al-Nassib border crossing was closed in 2015 following attacks on the Jordanian security forces by foreign-backed terrorists, but the Syrian army managed to retake the vital route last July.

Jordan seeks to reactivate billions of dollars of annual transit trade between Europe and Persian Gulf markets across Syria.

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said last month that his country wants to open its borders with Syria, but was waiting for a response from Damascus.

Another Jordanian official said the al-Nassib crossing could open by the end of this year.

The Syrian government also hopes that the reopening of the key crossing could help the war-torn country revive its economy and rebuild itself.

Efforts to restore peace and stability to Syria come as government forces have managed to purge terrorists and anti-government militants from most of the country, and are preparing for a full-scale offensive to retake the northwestern Idlib province, the last stronghold of foreign-backed terrorists.

As the Syrian army regains full control of the country’s southwestern borders with the occupied territories, the Israeli regime has declared the end of what it called “humanitarian” aid it used to offer to Syria’s “civilians”.

What the Israeli army has described as its “humanitarian” assistance to “civilians” in its Thursday statement is indeed the arms and medical support it offered to the Takfiri terrorists in the occupied Golan Heights and elsewhere in Israel.

While Israel claims it always sought to stay out of the war in Syria, evidence shows the regime has been overtly and covertly supporting terrorist fighting against the Syrian government.

Israel has been providing the Takfiri terrorists in the Golan Heights with a steady flow of funds and medical supplies as part of Tel Aviv’s involvement in the bloody conflict.

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