RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Iraq have signed a cooperation agreement covering transport companies, ships and personnel, SPA reported.
The deal offers mutual recognition of documents of ships and sailors for both countries, and a coordination of the positions of the two nations in international maritime conferences.
The two countries also agreed to increase the volume of trade exchange through Al Jadida-Arar port by placing a limit of four hours per container to get goods processed.
The road linking the port and the Saudi border will also be expanded.
The agreement was signed by the Saudi minister of transport and logistic services and chairman of the transport general authority Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser and Iraqi minister of transport Nasser Al-Shibli.
It is the latest move by the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council, which is focusing on enhancing cooperation between the two countries at a strategic level.