Iraq: Qatar suggested to transit Turkish goods via Basra

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The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Mohamed Ali al-hakim, said that “Qatar has proposed that Iraqi territories be a ‘transit’ passage for delivering goods from Turkey. I will discuss this subject in my next visit to Qatar,” as he puts it.

Hakim said that Qatar’s foreign minister visited Iraq and offered to contribute to the reconstruction and investment process.

The Iraqi FM added that his Qatari counterpart also asked for Baghdad’s contribution to the transit of goods imported from Turkey, passing through Basra, to Qatar through a short cut border crossing.

The Iraqi minister pointed out that the problem that was facing Baghdad is the non-unification of customs duties with other neighboring countries, explaining that this step was completed, and that he will discuss the draft ‘transit’ detail in his next visit to Doha.

In June, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Yemen and Egypt severed ties with Qatar, following a diplomatic rift in the Gulf region.

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