A picture taken on July 6, 2018 shows Syrian government soldiers arriving at the Nassib border crossing with Jordan in the southern province of Daraa, after they regained control over it from rebel forces. AFP / Mohamad ABAZEED
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President Michel Aoun, officials and industrialists Monday hailed the reopening of the crossing point between Syria and Jordan, stressing that Lebanon should seize this opportunity to ship its goods through Nassib border crossing. Before the Syrian conflict broke out, the bulk of Lebanon's exports went through Nassib and other crossing points between Syria and Jordan.The crossing used to be a major transit point for multibillion dollar trade from Turkey, Lebanon and Syria to Jordan and the Gulf beyond.Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri a main opponent of normalizing ties with Damascus before a political settlement to the 7-year-old Syrian civil war is reached has said he rejects any "blackmail" on the part of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government to allow the transfer of Lebanese goods through the crossing.
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