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Iraq-Saudi border crossing to reopen after nearly 30 years A signpost close to the Arar border crossing between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Photo: AFP ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — An Iraq-Saudi Arabia border crossing is set to reopen after nearly three decades of closure, Iraq’s border crossing department announced on Thursday. A meeting held between Iraqi and Saudi border authorities at the Arar crossing set October 15 as a test period for its reopening, a department statement said. Anbar provincial council member Amira Odaie spoke to Rudaw on Thursday about the meeting. “Early on Thursday morning, Iraq’s border crossing department met with their Saudi Arabian counterparts to discuss the opening of Arar crossing border, in order to boost trades and tourism between the two countries,” Odaie said. Opening the Arar crossing will also provide job opportunities to Anbar province’s young people currently suffering from high rates of unemployment, she added. Graphic: Mohammed Alsafar | Rudaw English, Maps4news Arar crossing closed back in 1991, when relations between the two countries deteriorated after then-president Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Iraq-Saudi relations were further damaged under former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s tenure. Rapprochement between the two began in 2015, when Saudi Arabia reopened their Baghdad embassy after 25 years of closure. A Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council was established in October 2017 with the aim of strengthening relations between the two countries. Vying for influence in the country over regional rival Iran, Saudi Arabia opened a consulate in Baghdad in April 2019 after a visit from a 100-person Saudi delegation, including nine ministers. Riyadh pledged $1.5 billion in loans to Iraq during the trip. Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi visited Saudi Arabia later that month, when the two countries signed 13 deals in the fields of political consultation, investment promotion and protection, agriculture, energy, electricity, and higher education. The Arar border crossing currently opens once a year, to allow Iraqi pilgrims to enter Saudi Arabia to perform the Islamic rite of Hajj. Link: https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/12092019
Jordan lifted the state of alert at the border with Iraq after the defeat of Ramadi Daash History of edits:: 2015/12/28 17:48 • 59 visits readable [Follow-where] It lifted the leadership of the Jordanian border guards, on Monday, the state of alert at the border with Iraq after the defeat of the terrorist gangs Daash liberalization of Ramadi city center. It attributed the Jordanian military leadership this measure to repel any attempt of Daash to move closer to the borders of Jordan after the defection of elements including outside Ramadi. The Joint Special Operations Command announced Monday edit gray city full of Daash terrorist gangs and raise the Iraqi flag over the center of the city government building, and stressed that the restoration of urban operations will continue until the complete liberalization of the rest of the Iraqi cities of terrorists in the country and re-displaced them. It is said that Iraqi forces have been able to restore military government building since Sunday evening, but it postponed the announcement until the day of victory until the completion of the lifting of improvised explosive devices inside and raising the Iraqi flag above it. And the restoration of the gray van Daash no longer controls only a city of Mosul and some scattered towns in the provinces of Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Anbar.anthy https://translate.google.com/translate?ie=UTF-8&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.alliraqnews.com%2Fmodules%2Fnews%2Farticle.php%3Fstoryid%3D25434