Iraq and Saudi Arabia have signed a maritime transport cooperation agreement, according to SPA reports. The agreement covers transport companies as well as ships and personnel.
The deal will provide mutual recognition of ships and sailors' documents as well as the two nations' positions in international maritime conferences.
The two parties are also in agreement to enforce a limit of four hours per container to process goods through Al Jadida-Arar port, ultimately increasing the amount of trade exchange.
An expansion for the road connecting the port and the Saudi border is also underway.
The agreement was signed by the Saudi Minister of Transport and Logistics Services and the chairman of the Transport General Authority, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser and Nasser Al-Shibli, Iraqi Minister of Transport.
This was coordinated by the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council which aspires to enhance cooperation between the two countries.