BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Syrian government is ready to restore trade and commerce with Baghdad via the Abu Kamal Crossing in eastern Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Wednesday.

According to Naji al-Numeir, Head of Immigration and Passports Department, the border crossing, located in Deir Ezzor province, has been completely restored and is now ready to begin its work.

This was additionally confirmed by Deir Ezzor Governor Muhammad Ibrahim, who said that the Abu Kamal border crossing is already operational.

These statements come a week after Syrian Internal Minister Muhammad al-Shaar visited Iraq to discuss resumption of trade between Syria and Iraq.

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