The border between Syria and Jordan - closed by Syria in July 1971 following Jordan's stern moves against the Palestinian guerrilla movement - are now totally reopened.
The border between Syria and Jordan - closed by Syria in July 1971 following Jordan's stern moves against the Palestinian guerrilla movement - are now totally reopened. Large consignments of dried fruits, beans, and other products crossed the border from Syria to Jordan at Al-Ramtha yesterday (Tuesday). In the opposite direction, Jordan was exporting to Syria cement, matting, marble and vegetables.
Resumption of some trade movement began in January, when the Syrians allowed goods belonging to Jordan - but which had been stored in Syrian sea ports - to cross the border. The following month (February), shipments of phosphate - one of Jordan's major exports - were permitted to pass through Syria bound for Turkey, Yugoslavia and other countries.
Yesterday's admittance of such varied shipments, is the first to be of mutual advantage to both sides.
SYNOPSIS: The Al-Ramtha border post between Syria and Jordan was fully opened to trade between the two countries on Tuesday - the first time that such a varied and large amount of products have been exchanged since Syria closed the border in July 1971, as a protest against Jordanian clampdowns on the Palestinian guerrilla movement.
From Jordan to Syria - shipments of mats, cement, marble and vegetables. From Syria to Jordan - dried fruits, beans, lentils and other products.
The first movement between the two countries since the border closure took place in January, when Syria allowed Jordan to carry through a variety of goods which had been stored in Syrian ports. This was followed with further relaxation of the ban in February, when Jordan was allowed to send one of its major exports, phosphate, through Syria to destinations in Turkey, Yugoslavia and other countries. But this week's exchange is the first to be of mutual advantage to both sides.
This is the start of the fruit and vegetable season - and undoubtedly both Syria and Jordan are anxious to secure those fruits and vegetables which the one grows and the other needs.