Middle East

Road to link key Iraqi and Jordanian ports

Dubai: Iraq has approved a World Bank-funded project to construct an international highway to Jordan to enhance trade between the two countries.

"The highway project will link Umm Qasr port in Basra province to Jordan's Aqaba port to ensure smooth movement of goods between the two countries," said Iraqi Minister of Housing and Construction Mohammed al-Darrajy. 

The highway also will "create an international trade transit network in which Iraq is a hub" he said.

The project will boost the economies of Iraq and Jordan, and both will serve as international transit points for goods travelling via the Arab Gulf, Turkey and the Red Sea, he said. 

On top of this Egypt, Jordan and Iraq are discussing a freight rail link to connect the three countries.  [14/04/14]

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