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Saudi, Iraq agree to increase maritime shipping

Cranes unload containers from the deck of ships in the Jeddah Port, 13 December 2007 [ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images]
Cranes unload containers from the deck of ships in the Jeddah Port [ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images]

Saudi Arabia has signed a maritime transport agreement with Iraq aimed at increasing the movement of commercial vessels between the two countries, supporting trade exchange and facilitating port access procedures.

The agreement came during a meeting of the Transport, Border Ports and Ports Committee of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council, today in Riyadh, headed by the Saudi Minister of Transport and Logistics, Saleh Bin Nasser Al-Jasser, and the Iraqi Minister of Transport, Nasser Al-Shibli.

The two agreed to increase the volume of trade exchange through the Jdeidet Arar port by facilitating the procedures, and accelerating the movement of trade exchange at the port so that the handling process does not exceed four hours per container, provided that periodic reports are submitted for assessment and improvement.

A project to expand the road linking the port and the Saudi border will also be implemented, Al Arabiya reported.

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