Syrian-Jordanian joint Free Zone reopened today

DARAA, Syria (North Press) – On Wednesday, Syria and Jordan announced the reopening of the Syrian-Jordanian Joint Free Zone after being suspended since April 2015.

The Syrian Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Muhammad Samer al-Khalil, and the Jordanian Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply, Youssef al-Shamali, announced today the reopening of the joint Syrian-Jordanian free zone.

In a joint statement, both sides indicated that reopening the free zone aims to revitalize the trade movement, attract investments and activate the service sector, thus creating job opportunities and contributing to achieving support for the economic and social development process in both countries.  

The statement added that reopening the joint Syrian-Jordanian free zone took place after finishing the requirements of rehabilitating it, returning it to work and ensuring its readiness to receive investments from both sides and from friendly countries.

Jordan has many economic crises, and its officials believe that rehabilitating the Syrian government in the Arab world after it controlled large areas of Syria with Russian-Iranian assistance could contribute to saving the Kingdom of Jordan economically.

After years of political tension between them, Syrian-Jordanian relations have recently witnessed a remarkable rapprochement, represented by visits and contacts between officials of the two countries, the most recent of which was a phone call made by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with Jordanian King Abdullah II.

Reporting by Ihsan Muhammad