BEIRUT, Jun 9 (NNN-NNA) – Lebanon has been officially included on the transit lines, that allow Lebanese trucks to go through Iraq, to reach countries in the Gulf region, Lebanese Public Works and Transport Minister, Ali Hamieh, said, yesterday.
“This inclusion constitutes an opportunity to open new windows of vital cooperation in promising sectors between Lebanon and Iraq, by taking advantage of the distinguished geographical location of our two countries, and adapting the positive political climates and geopolitical changes in the region and the world, in the service of promoting growth and investment,” Hamieh was quoted as saying.
The first Lebanese truck crossed the Iraqi territory and reached Kuwait in mid May, according to the Lebanese authorities.
Hamieh’s remarks came, during his meeting with Iraqi Minister of Transport, Razak Muhibis Al-Saadawi, who arrived in Lebanon yesterday, to discuss bilateral ties and projects of common interests between the two countries.
Al-Saadawi said, he discussed with Hamieh the potential of cooperation in land, sea, and air transport and the need to activate memorandums of understanding between the two countries.
Lebanon is invited to participate in the meetings of technical committees of the Development Road Conference in Baghdad, next week, the Iraqi minister added.
The Development Road Project is a huge infrastructure project, proposed by Iraq in May, which aims to link southern Iraq to the border with Türkiye, from where it will connect to the road networks in Europe.– NNN-NNA