Turkey’s new customs gate to Syria becomes operational

Turkey’s new customs gate to Syria becomes operational

ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Turkey’s new customs gate to Syria becomes operational

A new customs gate along the Turkish-Syrian border was launched, Turkey’s trade minister announced on Nov. 9.

Olive Branch Customs Gate crossing to northwestern Syrian city of Afrin became operational on Nov. 8,” Ruhsar Pekcan said at the parliament’s plan and budget commission.

The new customs gate was named after Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch, which was launched on Jan. 20 to free Afrin of YPG/PKK and ISIL.

On March 18, Turkish troops and the Free Syrian Army took control of the Afrin district center.

In April, the then Customs and Trade Minister Bülent Tüfenkci said the gate will speed up the delivery of humanitarian aid to Afrin and meet the infrastructure needs of the region.

Tüfenkci also noted its contribution to the promotion of trade in the region.

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