TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday he hoped the Albu Kamal border crossing with neighboring Iraq would open as soon as possible.

“We look to the interests of both the Syrian and Iraqi people in opening the Albu Kamal crossing,” Moualem told reporters at a joint conference with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who is visiting Damascus, Reuters reported. 

Jordan and Syria re-opened the Nassib border crossing on Monday.

The closure of the Nassib crossing in 2015 cut a crucial transit route for hundreds of trucks a day transporting goods between Turkey and the Persian Gulf, and Lebanon and the Persian Gulf, in multi-billion dollar annual trade.