By John Lee.

The General Company for Land Transport (GCLT) has held a meeting with its Saudi Arabian counterpart to discuss the opening of the Arar border crossing between the two countries.

According to a statement from Iraq’s Ministry of Transport, the participants stressed the importance of the new border facility for commercial trade and religious tourism.

A report this week from Asharq al-Awsat quotes the Chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Customs Authority, Ahmed al-Hakbani, as saying that the new crossing will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and meet international standards, adding that he expected it to become “the top global crossing in terms of technology.”

(Sources: Iraqi Ministry of Transport, Asharq al-Awsat)

By John Lee.

Lafarge Iraq has signed an agreement with Iraq’s General Company for Land Transportation (GCLT) to transport cement.

The contract is the largest in the history of the GCLT, which is owned by Iraq’s Ministry for Transport. It will run for one year, and may be extended for five years.

Lafarge Iraq is a subsidiary of Swiss-based giant LafargeHolcim Group.

(Source: Ministry for Transport)