Iraq will open in July a maritime transport office in the Syrian Mediterranean seaport of Tartous, the official SANA news agency said Tuesday, July 3.
Syrian Transportation Minister Makram Obeid and his Iraqi counterpart Ahmad Murtada announced during a meeting in Damascus that "an agreement on maritime transport would be signed and that an Iraqi maritime transport bureau would be opened in Tartous during the course of July," SANA said.
Iraq and Syria, ruled by rival branches of the pan-Arab Baath party, began to normalize their relations in 1997, following a diplomatic rupture over the 1980s Iran-Iraq war and Iraq's failed 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
The two nations signed a trade agreement in January. ― (AFP, Damascus)
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