Reopening of borders between Syria and Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon indicate normalising relations and President Assad’s hold on power

17 October 2018


Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem stated on 15 October 2018 that Syria is “witnessing the first results of the victory” as the Naseeb/Jaber border crossing with Jordan reopened to trade.

Jordan closed the border in April 2015 after the opposition’s Free Syrian Army took control of the Syrian side. The Syrian government retook control in July 2018. Prior to the border crossing closing, it was one of the busiest in the Middle East region. It accounted for 70% of all Jordanian exports and imports, and 30% of Lebanese exports. On 11 October, Jordan re-established diplomatic relations with Syria by accepting the credentials of a new Syrian ambassador to Amman.

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