Published: 2018-02-19 18:20
Last Updated: 2018-02-19 21:58
Al Karama-Trebil border crossing between Jordan neighbouring Iraq will be revamped to meet international standards, the Iraqi Interior Minister, Qassem al-Araji confirmed in a press conference held on Monday at the Iraqi Embassy in Amman.
The border crossing known as Al Karameh on the Jordanian side and Trebil on the Iraqi side was reopened in August 2017. The trade route is crucial in linking the capitals of the two countries and its reopening plays a vital role in boosting bilateral economic and trade relations, said al-Araji.
The border crossing was reopened for the first time in over a year since the so-called Islamic State took control of the Iraqi border area in 2014. The reopening will provide more jobs, and help decrease unemployment rate, according to the governor of Iraq’s Anbar province, Mohammad al-Halbusi.
Also on Monday, the Jordanian PM Hani Mulki received the Iraqi Minister and his delegation. The meeting was attended by the Jordanian Interior Minister, Ghaleb Al-Zubi', State for Media Affairs, Mohammad Al Momani and Iraqi Ambassador to Jordan Safia Al-Suhail.
During the meeting, Mulki highlighted the importance of investing in the reopening of the border crossing which will facilitate trade and to allow trucks of both countries to reach their final destinations.
The Iraqi minister expressed Baghdad’s appreciation for Jordan’s support in establishing stability in the region by commending on Jordan’s effort in fighting terrorism. He described his visit to Jordan as crucial in the improvement of bilateral relations in security, political and economic issues.