Iraqi-Iranian agreement to reopen Mandali-Sumar port within a week
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The governor of Iran's Kermanshah province, Hoshank Bazond, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Iraq and Iran to reopen the Mandali-Sumar port in a week.
Bazund told the official IRNA news agency that it was seen by the economics news that "given the developmental role of Sumar border crossing in the Iranian provinces of Kermanshah and Diyala, Iraqis, especially officials in Diyala, are keen to reopen this port and restore its activities officially."
He added, "Efforts are underway to reopen (the Iraqi part of) this port by the end of next week, with the permission of the Iraqi Prime Minister," adding that "a meeting was held today with the Governor of Diyala and the Chairman of the Provincial Council on the border of Sumar, as the Iraqi side made proposals for this According to the memorandum of understanding signed between the two sides, we look forward to reopening the Sumar crossing within a week. "
The Border Ports Authority announced on 11 August 2019 that it had started the procedures of closing the Mandali border port in a "flexible way" that would enable traders to withdraw consignments gradually, pointing out that the closure will be temporary until the necessary measures are taken to develop the port.