Turkey to open two more border crossings with Iraq - Turkish state minister

Fri 30 October 2009 15:31 GMT | 15:31 Local Time

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Zafer Caglayan

Turkish State Minister for Foreign Trade Zafer Caglayan said on Friday that two more border crossings would be opened with Iraq by the end of 2010.

Caglayan said Turkey and Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding on the opening of two more border crossings.

Speaking to journalists on board the plane on his way to Iraq, Caglayan said Turkish businessmen were working in the north of Iraq and Baghdad but they were not very active in Southern Iraq. Caglayan said the visit aimed to diversify areas of business.

Caglayan said heavy traffic at the Turkey-Iraq border crossings caused delays. Turkey and Iraq signed the memorandum of understanding to overcome the delays and contribute to trade.

The minister also said that the establishment of a common logistics centre was also on the agenda. "Turkey will also extend support to the establishment of a free zone in Iraq."

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