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Jordan, September 2, 2020
PM: Improved infrastructure, measures needed at border crossings

Amman, Sept 1 (Petra) –– Prime Minister Omar Razzaz Tuesday chaired a meeting of the Border Crossings Regulatory Committee at the National Centre for Security and Crisis Management.

He told the meeting, which was attended by ministers and senior officials, that most of the infrastructure work at the Al-Omari border crossing with Saudi Arabia has been completed and that similar work at the Jaber land crossing with Syria will also be stepped up.

Upgrading the infrastructure should go hand in hand with the improvement of measures at the land crossings, which became hotspots for infection with the coronavirus, both for workers at the border centers and domestically, Razzaz said.

He stressed the soundness of measures to ensure that truck drivers coming from abroad do not contact workers at the border posts to avoid infection.

The prime minister hailed an online portal being developed by the Customs Department and relevant agencies to enable truck drivers to electronically conduct customs work to limit contact with customs officers.

Interior Minister Salameh Hammad, who heads the committee, said that infrastructure work at the Al-Omari border centre has almost been completed, especially the goods handling yard, gates and the caravans designated for quarantine. He also said development work at the Jaber post will be completed in the next days.

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