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Jordan Will Accept Syrian Plans to Reopen Main Border Crossing

Amman closed the crossing in 2015 amid intensified clashes on the southern border between Syrian regime and opposition forces
Jordan Will Accept Syrian Plans to Reopen Main Border Crossing

Jordanian sources revealed on Tuesday that Amman “does not mind” if the Nasib border crossing with Syria, which was closed after clashes between regime forces and rebels in 2015, is reopened.

Media quoted Jordanian sources as saying that Amman “does not mind if the official Nasib border crossing is reopened under Syrian military jurisdiction, but this does not constitute a request for that.”

“There are technical communications suggesting Moscow is ready to resume mediation over the closed border between Jordan and Syria,” they added.

The sources said that a Jordanian military coordination committee, through Russia, had begun to discuss with the Syrian side the possibility of the Syrian army returning to administer the Nasib crossing.

Media reports indicated that Jordan was annoyed with the temporary military crossings which the Syrian army had set up on border contact areas without coordination with Amman.

“An opportunity to reopen the Nasib crossing is available in light of the coordination communications with the Russia-Jordanian joint operations room,” the sources said.

Jordan closed the crossing in 2015 prior to the Jordanian army branding the whole border area off-limits, except in humanitarian cases in coordination with the border guard.

Nasib is considered the main crossing between the two countries and in recent years has seen clashes and military operations between the Syrian army and opposition militants. The Syrian-Jordanian border is over 370 kilometers long with only two crossings, Jaber on the Jordanian side and Nasib on the Syrian side, in addition to another crossing, Ar Ramtha, on the Jordanian side and Daraa on the Syrian side.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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