BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – In an exclusive interview with the Arabic-language version of the Sputnik Agency, the Iraqi military commander in the Al-Qa’im District of Al-Anbar, Ahmad Jadayan, told the Russian news site that the border crossing linking Syria and Iraq will be opened in the next the 60 days.
According to Jadayan, the agreement was put in place after Iraq’s National Security Adviser Kazhem Al-Fayadh and his Syrian counterpart made the decision to reopen this crossing that links Syria’s Albukamal and Iraq’s Al-Qa’im.
Jadayan said there is not much that needs to be done to reopen the border crossing, as the majority of the region is desert terrain.
Last week, Lebanon’s Al-Akhbar reported that Iraq had rejected the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) proposal to reopen the border Syria after the latter refused to hoist the Syrian Arab Republic’s flag at the crossing.
While Iraq is allied with the U.S.-led Coalition, Baghdad has maintained ties with neighboring Syria and Iran, much to the dismay of Washington.
For Iran, the reopening of the border crossing between Syria and Iraq is incredibly important to them, as this will help them build their land bridge that is necessary to link Tehran to Damascus.