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Finance Minister announces the near reopening of the southern ports with Iran

Finance Minister Ali Allawi announced that he would soon reopen southern ports of Iraq with Iran.

The Fars News Agency reported that this came in a meeting between the head of the Iranian Customs Authority, Mahdi Mirashrafi, with Allawi, on the sidelines of a meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi on Tuesday evening.

Allawi said, according to Fares, that Iraq decided to reopen the southern ports (Shalamcheh and Al-Shaib) soon, which were closed against the backdrop of the Coruna virus outbreak and were partially operated recently.

The Minister of Finance expressed the desire of Iraq to cooperate and benefit from the experiences of Iranian customs in the field of automating procedures, suggesting that Iraqi experts and customs officials be dispatched in this regard.

The two sides stressed the need to establish joint commercial portals.

Meanwhile, the head of the Iranian Customs Authority expressed his readiness to implement joint measures in the field of exchanging customs information, qualifying Iraqi customs officials and reopening joint crossings. Source