Commercial operation of Saudi-Iraq border crossing to start in October

The commercial operation of the Arar border crossing between Saudi Arabia and Iraq will begin on Oct.15 on a trial basis. (File/AFP)
Updated 12 September 2019

Commercial operation of Saudi-Iraq border crossing to start in October

  • Al-Shammari said that the opening of the crossing “will be a qualitative leap in strengthening Saudi-Iraqi relations”
  • The border had been closed since 1990 when relations between Saudi Arabia and Iraq deteriorated following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait

RIYADH: The commercial operation of the Arar border crossing between Saudi Arabia and Iraq will begin on Oct.15 on a trial basis, the Kingdom’s ambassador to Iraq Abdul Aziz Al-Shammari said Thursday.
Al-Shammari and Iraq’s ambassador to the Kingdom Qahtan Al-Janabi inspected the border crossing which will also be used by Hajj and Umrah pilgrims throughout the year.
Al-Shammari said that the opening of the crossing “will be a qualitative leap in strengthening Saudi-Iraqi relations,” and will increase trade between the two countries.
The border had been closed since 1990 when relations between Saudi Arabia and Iraq deteriorated following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait.
The Saudi town of Arar is 70 kilometers from the Iraqi border.


Saudi crown prince meets German former foreign minister

Updated 26 February 2020

Saudi crown prince meets German former foreign minister

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s former foreign minister, in Riyadh on Tuesday. The two men discussed a number of matters of common interest.

Also present at the meeting were Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi, and Jorg Ranau, the German ambassador to the Kingdom.
 

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