Iraq has announced plans to reopen a strategic border crossing with Syria in the coming days, a military official said.
The announcement came during a meeting with Iranian and Syrian military officials along with Lt. Gen. Othman Al Ghanimi, chief of staff of the Iraqi armed forces.
During a press conference, Ghanimi said “the coming days will witness the opening of the border crossing and the continuation of visits and trade between the two countries.”
In 2013, Al-Qaim border was closed to support Iraqi security forces in combating Al Qaeda fighters and later ISIS. The border crossing is expected to increase the flow of goods from Iran to Syria.
According to the Iraqi Defense Ministry, the meeting in Damascus focused “on countering terrorism and sustaining stability in the region.”
According to observers, the meeting triggered US concerns of Iran’s growing influence in the region.