Monday 11 January 2010
Regional Cooperation / Middle-East

Turkey / Syria: the 3rd Railway Border Gate has opened

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The Cobanbey Railway Border Gate was opened on 22nd December in an inauguration ceremony with the participation of His Excellency Mr. Binali Yıldırım, Turkish Minister for Transport, His Excellency Mr. Yarob Süleyman, Syrian Minister for Transport, Mr. Süleyman Karaman, Director General of Turkish State Railways (TCDD) and Mr. Georges Mokabari, Director General of Syrian Railways (CFS).

The Cobanbey Border Gate is the 3rd railway border gate in addition to the existing two railway border gates, Nusaybin and Meydan-i Ekbez, between Syria and Turkey. In re-opening the Çobanbey Railway Border Gate, which had been closed since 1981, the 145 km line running between Gaziantep, Karkamış and Çobanbey and the 62 km line between Aleppo and Cobanbey have been renewed.

It is expected that the opening of the Cobanbey Border Gate will enable one million tons of freight and one thousand passengers a year to be transported between the countries in the region.

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The Turkish and Syrian transportation ministers attended the opening ceremony for a new railway crossing.