BAGHDAD / The border crossings authority announced on Tuesday that the next few months will see the opening of the new Arar port with Saudi Arabia to transport passengers and goods, while confirmed that the announcement of the executors of Trebil and Zerbatiya two investment opportunities.
"The Arar port and after the agreement with the Saudi side will be for the promotion and passage of pilgrims and travelers, in addition to trade exchange," said Kadhim al-Aqabi, Old Arar port, expected to complete its work in five months. "
He said that the Saudi side opened the door to the opening of the Jamaima port within the province of Muthanna, which is 250 kilometers from the center of the province, noting that the Saudi side initially agreed to accept, but he returned and told the Commission not to think about opening it and was re-approached the Iraqi Coordination Council Saudi Arabia to put The subject of the Saudis to obtain a grant from them to activate it and if not obtained a grant is possible to be announced implementation of the investment, revealing the Saudi authorities are willing to invest, noting that any party that meets the requests will be competitive for investment.
"The Turkish side also provided a grant of 50 million dollars for the construction of the port of Feish Khabur, which also pledged to build it, pointing out the existence of a committee seven months ago to study the feasibility, and invited the Turkish side to review the location of the port on the map and there were a number of Alternatives ".
He added that he noticed that the port can only pass through Dohuk governorate, Ninewa province and Tal Afar, revealing that there are requests from Jordan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to implement the desire to make the Iraqi territory a transit for Turkey. And the Kurdistan region if it was opened. "
The director of Ports Authority said that "the provinces of Wasit and Maysan demanded the opening of new ports with Iran, namely Shihabi in Wasit and Ali al-Gharbi in Maysan. He pointed out that there are steps to open any border port. A feasibility study is being prepared, To the Prime Minister or not, revealing the announcement of the port of Trebil border investment opportunity, in addition to the transfer of the port of Zurbatia. "
He stressed that "the federal budget for the last year, Article 18 states that 50 percent of the imports of border crossings to the provinces to be allocated to the development of the border port and its approaches, but most of the provinces and councils did not do the issue of the development of ports, hoping the cooperation of local governments to allocate amounts To develop these outlets. "
"The sovereign fees that go as revenues and get the provinces, 50 percent, do not affect in the case of assignment of the investment, similar to customs and tax, noting that the investment gets as a service and services agreed rates." Finished
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