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Reports: Jordan, Russia Agree to Open Nassib Crossing with Syria

Sat 31 Oct 2020 | 04:20 PM
Nawal Sayed

Sources in the Syrian opposition revealed Saturday that a meeting took place last Wednesday inside Jordan with a Russian delegation with the aim of agreeing to find a mechanism to restart the Nassib border crossing with Syria and open the road between Damascus and Amman.

According to these sources, the meeting was attended by the commander of the Eighth Brigade in the associated Fifth Corps “Ahmed Al-Awda”, who will have to hand over the military checkpoints at the crossing to his members and supervise the entire road to the city of Daraa.

The sources indicated that Amman stipulated that the forces loyal to Iran be removed for tens of kilometers from its borders without specifying the identity of those forces that you are talking about.

Neither Moscow, Amman nor Damascus issued any official statements confirming the details of this agreement.

The Jordanian newspaper, Al-Ghad, under the title “Jordan apprehends southern Syria again,” had said, “Amman has chosen to release these messages through the Russians as if it goes to the guarantor of the Syrians in the file of Jordanian-Syrian relations, or the party that has an influence on the security side specifically.”

These Jordanian requests may be a reflection of Saudi conditions to allow Syrian trucks to enter the Kingdom and transit to the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Two days ago, Riyadh allowed Syrian trucks to cross its territory after preventing them for years, by granting the Syrian driver a "visa" at the Haditha border crossing between Jordan and Saudi Arabia, which allows him to cross Saudi territory into the Gulf countries, and about 200 trucks have already entered through the Nassib Jaber border crossing with Amman.

Amman had resumed the transit of trucks from Syria to its lands through the Nassib-Jaber border crossing on a trial basis, last Sunday, in preparation for its official reopening.

The crossing was closed after a Jordanian-Syrian official announcement that it would open in October 2018.