Iraq approved Jordan's request to allow trucks to pass through Iraq en route to Turkey and Europe starting in January, the Iraqi government said Wednesday (December 28th).
"Iraq has examined the Jordanian request and decided to approve it given the economic benefits to be generated from that project to our country," Iraqi economic adviser Salam al-Quraishi told Al-Shorfa.
Jordan made the request after political events made transit difficult through Syria.
Al-Quraishi said the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation will chart the truck line through the Trebil border crossing in Anbar province, then through Ninawa en route to Erbil province, which is linked to Turkey through the Ibrahim al-Khalil border crossing.
Al-Quraishi said the ministry is making the necessary preparations including setting up an electronic system and entry visas, and it is working in co-operation with an Austrian company specialised in transit, visas, truck tonnage and general safety requirements.