Iraq and Turkey Agree on Opening New Border Gates

Hürriyet Daily News
Fri, Nov 22, 2013

Iraq and Turkey will open two new border gates, following an agreement with Iraq’s central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government.

With trade volume worth $12 billion a year, Habur Border gate is currently unable to accommodate the 1.6 million vehicles which pass through annually. During a meeting last week with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and KRG leader Masoud Barzani, the two sides agreed to open the Aktepe and Ovaköy border gates in addition to Habur border gate.

The new border gates will make a considerable contribution to trade in Middle East, Caucasus and Turkey, according to Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazıcı.

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