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Iraq-Saudi border crossing to reopen after nearly 30 years


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Iraq-Saudi border crossing to reopen after nearly 30 years

 
 
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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.

 

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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

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8 minutes ago, Adam Montana said:

Iraq-Saudi border crossing to reopen after nearly 30 years

 

Thanks Adam for posting this great article. It's a significant geo-political move between these two countries who formerly had conflicts with each other. Hopefully this will add stability to the Region. :twothumbs: RON

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“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,”

 

Iraq is moving forward to an open market economy 

 

“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.”

 

We all know the dinar is not an international recognized currency, Is iraq planning to increase the dinar exchange rate before October 15?

 

Go iraq

Go international 

Go RV

Go $1:1

 

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1 hour ago, Laid Back said:

“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,”

 

Iraq is moving forward to an open market economy 

 

“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.”

 

We all know the dinar is not an international recognized currency, Is iraq planning to increase the dinar exchange rate before October 15?

 

Go iraq

Go international 

Go RV

Go $1:1

 

Sound promising

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5 hours ago, Laid Back said:

“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,”

 

Iraq is moving forward to an open market economy 

 

“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.”

 

We all know the dinar is not an international recognized currency, Is iraq planning to increase the dinar exchange rate before October 15?

 

Go iraq

Go international 

Go RV

Go $1:1

 

Man I hope so

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33 minutes ago, wildeman said:

 

We all know the dinar is not an international recognized currency, Is iraq planning to increase the dinar exchange rate before October 15?

I hope so....thanks LB....how cool would that be? 🙏

I believe October 01 and January 01 are two days to watch.

 

Go RV asap

Go $1:1+

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Saudi Ambassador to Iraq: Commercial Operation of Arar Port October 15

Saudi Ambassador to Iraq: Commercial Operation of Arar Port October 15
Note Saudi Arabia and Iraq
 12 September 2019 02:25 PM

Riyadh - Mubasher: The Saudi ambassador to Iraq, Abdulaziz Al-Shammari, said the commercial operation of the new Arar border port from the Saudi and Iraqi side will be October 15.

This came during losing the Saudi ambassador and the ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to Saudi Arabia Qahtan al - Janabi today, the port; according to Saudi Press Agency - SPA.

The ambassador said that the opening of the port will be a qualitative leap in enhancing Saudi-Iraqi relations and raising the level of trade exchange between the two countries.

The ambassador expected in previous statements, to cross about 600 thousand Iraqi pilgrims from inside Iraq through the port of Arar border next year.

Hajj visas for Iraqis were obtained from Jordan, which was recently changed.

Revealed and Minister of Trade and Investment Chairman of the Saudi side in the Iraqi Saudi Coordination Council Majid bronchopulmonary, in April / April last, the new Arar port will be opened after 6 months, stressing that it would be a major step in strengthening trade relations and the lifting of trade exchange between the two countries level.

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