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Jordan wants Iraq trade alternative to Syria

Jamal Halaby reports for The Associated Press:

Jordan has asked Iraq to allow it to export goods bound for Turkey and Europe via Iraqi territory if Syria seals off its border, a trade official said Tuesday.

Jordan exports about 5,000 tons of mainly fruit and vegetables worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each day through Syria. The goods are shipped onward to Turkey overland or to Europe via Syria's Mediterranean coast.

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