Syria, Lebanon Strike Transport Deals
Lebanon and Syria have signed two agreements to boost cooperation in land and air transport, reported the Daily Star.
The land-transport agreement promises to resurrect an old railway line running between Tripoli and Tartous, on the Syrian coast. It also pledges to re-open another defunct track running from Beirut through Riyaq to Damascus.
“We hope this railway will help traders in the Bekaa Valley transport their goods more cheaply and easily,” Syrian Transport Minister Makram Obeid was quoted as saying.
Obeid and his Lebanese counterpart, Najib Mikati, addressed reporters at the signing ceremony in Damascus Wednesday.
Re-opening the old railways will link Lebanon to two massive rail networks running from Europe to Iran and spanning Jordan, Iraq and the Gulf, said the ministers – Albawaba.com