Arab, Turkish ministers call for more cooperation in transportation sector

10:29, January 06, 2011      

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Transport officials from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey on Wednesday called for intensified cooperation in the transport sector and implementing joint projects to help boost trade relations.

At the first "meeting of the ministers of transport of the high level cooperation council member countries" involving transport ministers from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey taking place in Amman, the officials said improving transport infrastructure is key to enhancing relations at various levels and increasing trade exchange among these states.

Stressing the importance of the geographic location of the four countries, Jordan's Transport Minister Alaa Batayneh said "these countries can function as the link between Europe and Asia."

Batayneh also called for partnership among these states to build a free trade zone between Jordan, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon, which he believes would help boost the economies of these countries.

Lebanese Transport Minister Ghazi Al Aridi stressed his country 's interest in a regional railway project to connect the region's countries through a railway system, adding that such a project will enhance economic integration in the region.

Participants of the meeting also looked into mechanisms and means to develop transportation system in the region, and called on the private sector to take part in projects in the transportation sector, according to Jordan's Ministry of Transportation.

Source: Xinhua
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