Syria says border crossing with Jordan to reopen on October 10
September 29 2018 10:45 AM
The Syrian-Jordanian border at the Nasib crossing in Deraa province
The Syrian-Jordanian border at the Nasib crossing in Deraa province


A vital border crossing with Jordan will officially reopen on October 10, Syria's state-run news agency SANA reported, withdrawing an earlier report that the movement at the terminal had already begun on Saturday.

The crossing has remained closed for three years since the rebels seized it in 2015. The Syrian army recaptured it in July.

SANA cited the Syrian Transport Ministry as saying that it has completed all measures for the reopening of the Nassib border crossing and the return of movement of goods and passengers.

Earlier in the day, SANA cited the ministry as saying that the crossing had already reopened on Saturday.

Shortly after SANA's report, the Jordanian government denied that the crossing had reopened.

‘The Nassib crossing is still closed and it has not reopened to the movement of goods and passengers,’ the Jordanian government's spokeswoman Joumana Ghonaimat said.

She added in a statement that the Jordanian and Syrian sides are still studying the reopening of border, saying that infrastructure and technical and logistic criteria should be met before the move.

Nassib is a strategic crossing for Syria and Jordan, constituting the main gateway for both countries to the oil-rich Gulf countries.

The rebels seized the major trade route in April 2015 before the Syrian army recaptured it in July.

It generates billions of dollars in annual revenues for Syria and Jordan.

The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has regained control of most of the country from rebels with help from its allies Russia and Iran.

Last updated: September 29 2018 02:08 PM

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