Travelers show their passports at the Nassib border crossing between Jordan and Syria on the day of its reopening.
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By reopening a key crossing with Jordan this month, the Syrian regime is inching toward a return to trade with the wider region as it looks to boost its war-ravaged economy.Syria's international trade has plummeted during the 7-year-oldcivil war, and its foreign reserves have been almost depleted.Syria faces a mammoth task to revive its battered economy.The Syria Report, an economic weekly, said Nassib's reopening would reconnect Syria with an "important market" in the Gulf.Syrian Parliament member Hadi Sharaf was equally enthusiastic about fresh opportunities for Syrian exports.Before Syria's war broke out in 2011, neighboring Iraq was the first destination of Syria's nonoil exports.Beyond trade, there is even hope the Nassib crossing reopening might bring some tourists back to Syria.
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