On 27 September, Jordan announced that the Jaber–Nassib border crossing connecting the country with Syria will be reopened on 29 September for both freight and travelers.
The Jordanian Ministry of Interior said in a statement that the decision seeks to re-activate trade and tourism between the two countries.
This decision comes after the Syrian government quashed violent clashes in the border city of Deraa which forced Jordan in July to put an end to plans to reopen the nearby crossing.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), with the help of Russian forces, has managed to retake the former opposition stronghold, with rebel fighters accepting an amnesty agreement offered by the Syrian state.
The Jaber–Nassib crossing has been closed and reopened repeatedly over the past few years due to both the violence caused by the Syrian war and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jordanian Transport Minister Wajih Azaiza also announced that he plans to discuss the flow of traffic between the two countries with a Syrian delegation visiting Amman this week. He went on to add that Amman is working to ensure Jordanian companies are not subject to any kind of US sanctions as a result of working with Syrian companies.
In 2019, the US government passed the so-called Caesar Act which imposes severe economic sanctions on Syria and on anyone seeking to do business with the war-torn nation.
Over the past decade, the US has increasingly relied on unilateral economic sanctions to wage what many describe as hybrid-warfare on nations the White House perceives to be adversaries, such as Venezuela, Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
But these sanctions are known to affect neighboring countries, as is the case with Jordan, which saw its exports to Syria drop from $238 million in 2010 to $14 million in 2019. The punitive measures also prevent Jordan from exporting its goods to other Arab nations and to Europe, if they have to pass through Syrian territory.