Final preparations are underway to reopen the northern Bekaa’s Jousi crossing on the Lebanese-Syrian border.
The Higher Lebanese-Syrian Council Monday held their fourth meeting to discuss logistical and infrastructure preparations for the reopening, in the presence of officials from General Security, Customs, and the Army, the state-run National News Agency reported.
“The crossing has been closed for nearly four years but it’s considered a main crossing to and from Syria,” a security source told The Daily Star.
Although spokespersons from the Army and General Security were unable to provide any further details on the meeting, the source said the preparations were nearing their end.
“Just like there is a crossing to and from Syria in Anjar’s Masnaa and the north, the Jousi crossing is the northern Bekaa’s primary crossing into Syria’s Homs and Qusair,” the source added.
These preparations come at a significant time, less than two months after the Army liberated the outskirts of Al-Qaa and Ras Baalbeck from ISIS militants.
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The crossing point’s function is broader than acting as a simple conduit between Lebanon and Syria. “Lebanese businesses and traders used this crossing to transport goods to Turkey via land, as well as to import goods into Lebanon from Syria and Turkey,” the source said.
NNA reported that the meeting regarding the Jousi crossing’s reopening was held at Al-Qaa’s General Security office, in the presence of representatives of Lebanese security apparatuses and a representative of the Higher Lebanese-Syrian Council, Ahmad al-Hajj Hasan. Hasan said that the meeting “comes as part of the work to reopen the Jousi crossing in the coming months.”
Hasan added that once basic infrastructure had been completed, the crossing would be reopened. “We agreed on holding follow-up meetings to find solutions to the closed crossings and to secure centers at all border crossings for citizens,” Hasan said, according to NNA.
Since the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011, many border crossings between Lebanon and Syria have been closed.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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