Syria is ready to open checkpoints on the border with Iraq, as it sees no security threats, and waits for the neighboring state to solve logistics issues, Syrian Transport Minister Ali Hammoud told Sputnik in an interview.
The checkpoints on the Syrian-Iraqi border have been closed since 2014 due to the territory being seized by the Daesh* terrorists. Damascus and Baghdad have discussed the issue of opening the border earlier in October.
“During the last visit of Iraqi Foreign Minister [Ibrahim Jaafari] to Syria, one of the main topics discussed was opening the border. The Iraqi side promised that it would be done soon. We are ready as soon as logistics issues are solved on the Iraqi side,” the minister said.
Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the government forces fighting against numerous opposition groups and terrorist organizations, whose members fled to the neighboring states as the government forces regain control of the Syrian territory.