Iraq partially reopens Iran trade crossing

Iraq closed its international borders and provincial boundaries in March. (File/AFP)
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Updated 07 July 2020

Iraq partially reopens Iran trade crossing

  • The crossing was being opened only for the trade of foodstuffs, allowing in some 500 trucks from Iran per week

BASRA: Iraq partially reopened its southern Shalamcheh border crossing with Iran on Tuesday after more than three months of closure to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, border officials said.
The crossing was being opened only for the trade of foodstuffs, allowing in some 500 trucks from Iran per week and would open every Wednesday and Sunday from now on, one of the officials said.
Iraq closed its international borders and provincial boundaries in March except for the delivery of essential goods such as food as it sought to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Iran, which shares a long border with Iraq, has been the epicenter of the virus in the Middle East but the spread has also accelerated in Iraq which is registering nearly 2,000 new cases every day. More than 2,500 people have died from COVID-19 in Iraq according to its health ministry.
Iran is one of Iraq’s biggest trading partners. Both countries’ economies are in crisis. Iran continues to suffer from US sanctions and Iraq is reeling from low prices of oil, which accounts for almost all its state revenue.


Gargash: deal with Israel is not about Iran, dismisses Erdogan’s criticism

Updated 15 August 2020

Gargash: deal with Israel is not about Iran, dismisses Erdogan’s criticism

  • President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu have tried to frame the trilateral agreement as part of their efforts to isolate and confront Iran
  • Turkey has political and trade relations with Israel

DUBAI: The UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs said normalizing relations with Israel is not related to Iran and dismissed Erdogan’s criticism, Al-Arabiya reported.
“This is not about Iran. This is about the UAE, Israel and the United States… This is in no way meant to create some sort of grouping against Iran,” Anwar Gargash said in an interview.
Although President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu have tried to frame the trilateral agreement as part of their efforts to isolate and confront Iran, Gargash said the UAE is not looking to provoke their neighbor.
“We have a very complicated relationship with Iran… While we have our concerns, we feel also that resolving these issues should be through diplomacy and de-escalation,” Gargash said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also reacted to the trilateral deal and said they could withdraw their UAE’s ambassador from the Gulf state, as they saw the move as a blow to Palestinian rights.
Gargash dismissed the criticism and said it was a “double standard.”
“They receive over half a million Israeli tourists, have $2 billion worth of bilateral trade and an existing embassy there. And I ask myself whether this is a principled position or not,” he said.