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Closure of Khosravi border due to internal Iraqi conditions

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Ghasreshirin, Jan 3, IRNA -- Closure of Khosravi Int'l Border is due tointernal conditions in Iraq, a local official affiliated to Kermanshah provincial governerate, Shahriar Heydari said on Monday.

He made the remarks in an interview with IRNA Monday evening.

This security official added that closing of Khosravi border between Iran and Iraq has no security reason and the Iranian officials, including the Foreign Ministry diplomats, are pursuing the case.

“Khosravi International Border crossing would be opened in the near future,” he underlined.

The official continued that local and governmental officials are studying a plan to use Khosravi Internatinal Border crossing as a base for dispatching pilgrims and passengers to Syria in addition to its traditional usage for dispatching pilgrims and passengers to Iraq.

Khosravi Interantional Border terminal is placed in border point between Iran and Iraq. This border terminal in Kermanshah province is 19 km off Ghasreshirin border city which 199 km away from province center.

Millions of Iranian pilgrims use the crossing to travel to Iraq's holy Shia cities. It is the largest border terminal in the Middle East.

This terminal has led to economic development in Kermanshah, Kordestan, Ilam provinces and may help them to release transportation dilemma.

Because Iraq is placed in east – west corridor path which is main corridor for Asia and Europe transit, utilizing Khosravi terminal provides proper opportunity to this corridor become more active and by ordinary political, social conditions in Iraq and transit facility in this country, Iran is become one of the main region’s transit intersections and may play its important role as a main ring of east – west corridor to north – south corridor.

As east – west corridor become active European goods with lower costs and easier way and faster can carry to middle Asian Afghanistan, Pakistan and even Persian Gulf countries.

Khosravi border terminal can help to trade transactions development between Iran and Iraq and economic development among Kermanshah, Kordestan, Lorestan and Ilam provinces and aid them to release transportation dilemma and may provide situations in which domestic producers may enable to export their goods to Iraq and through it to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Also, Iranian tourists and tourists in other countries in the region with some difficulties in this path have opportunity to use roadway vehicles through Iran and Iraq way to travel to Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and northern Africa. This path as a short and low cost way has many attractions for tourists.

After end of imposed war and political relations improvement between Iran and Iraq and two parties – agreement for traveling Iranian pilgrims to holy shrines and state ground sources organizing responsibility under road maintenance and transportation organization supervision with regard to Iranian pilgrims extensive welcoming to travel Iraq and predicted trade relations development in this path, construction operation started since 1998.

Khosravi terminal constructed in 1998 based on 65 Billion Rials credit in an area about 9 ha with area of 14000 m2 infrastructure in zero border point, and includes two separate halls for passengers official ceremonies with 5000 passengers capacity and facilities such as informative station, bank branch, safe – deposit box, luggage storage, communications and W. C for passengers welfare, also X-ray controller devices installation in arrival and departure halls in order to control passenger’s goods in shortest time to reduce passenger’s waste of time and establishing supervisor offices to passenger passage process such as passport office, presidency institute, custom, human, plant and livestock quarantine inside halls, passengers are enabled to do all their official ceremonies inside the halls. In this terminal passenger and goods entrance and exit affairs are separated to each.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30746008

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