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|18 March, 2019

Iraq says to open Syrian border crossing in coming days

Iraq's armed forces chief of staff on Monday expressed hope that the country's border crossing with Syria would be opened in the coming days

A Jordanian police stands guard at a checkpoint near the Jordanian Karameh border crossing at the Jordanian-Iraqi border, near Ruweished city, June 25, 2014.

A Jordanian police stands guard at a checkpoint near the Jordanian Karameh border crossing at the Jordanian-Iraqi border, near Ruweished city, June 25, 2014.

REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

BEIRUT- Iraq's armed forces chief of staff on Monday expressed hope that the country's border crossing with Syria would be opened in the coming days after meeting his Syrian and Iranian counterparts in Damascus.

"God willing the coming days will witness the opening of the border crossing and the continuation of visits and trade between the two countries," Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanimi said at a news conference broadcast by Syrian state television.

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(Reporting By Angus McDowall and Tom Perry; Editing by Catherine Evans) ((angus.mcdowall@thomsonreuters.com; Reuters Messaging: angus.mcdowall.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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