Egyptian truck drivers stranded in Iraq allowed to leave

Ahram Online , Monday 10 Aug 2015

The Egyptian truck drivers were stuck at the Iraqi-Jordanian border for over 20 days

Five Egyptian truck drivers who were stranded at the Iraqi-Jordanian border since 16 July have been allowed to pass into Jordan, a spokesperson at the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs announced on Monday.   

Ahmed Abu Zaid said that the Iraqi government allowed the stranded truck drivers to cross the Trebil border on Sunday on the condition that they enter Jordan by Monday.  

Abu Zaid added that coordination between the Egyptian foreign affairs ministry, the Egyptian embassy in Baghdad and the Iraqi government solved the issue.    

Iraq closed its border at Trebil in Anbar province until further notice on 16 July in part to deprive Islamic State militants of taxes they impose on cargo trucks driving through their territory.

Islamic State militants control large swathes of territory in Iraq including part of Anbar province.

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