A new railway line in Saudi Arabia that reaches the Jordanian border is scheduled to inaugurate imminently, which will facilitate the passenger, cargo and vehicle movement, Saudi Minister of Transport and Logistic Services Saleh Al Jasir announced.
The pronouncement of the new railway line took place during a dialogue panel discussion organised by the Jordan Chamber of Commerce (JCC), held in Amman, when the Saudi minister met the Jordanian Minister of Industry and Trade Youssef Al-Shamali as part of the seventeenth session of the Jordanian-Saudi Joint Committee.
The railway route length exceeds 5,000 kilometers and will be extended to 8,000 kilometers during the upcoming years to link Saudi areas together as well Saudi areas with neighboring countries.
During the panel discussion, Al Jasir said that his country seeks to facilitate commerce and transport, mainly with Jordan, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
Industry, Trade and Supply Minister Yousef Shamali said that Saudi Arabia is among the biggest commercial partners to Jordan in terms of investments and the commercial exchange volume that reaches around JD4 billion.
JCC President Nael Kabariti said that the transport sector is among the “main pillars” of economic development, highlighting the importance of unifying laws that regulate the two countries’ transport systems to improve commercial exchange. He added that Jordan and Saudi Arabia should reach understandings regarding storage logistics to increase food security.
During the meeting, the two ministers discussed ways to strengthen joint cooperation between the two countries and various issues of common concern, including projects that the Jordanian Ministry of Transport is working on for implementation.
Jasser told Al Arabiya news channel that the railway will extend from Saudi Arabia’s city of al-Qurayyat in the province of al-Jawf to the Jordanian borders and will boost economic activity between the two countries.
During the interview with Al-Arabiya, the Saudi Minister, said that the economic transformations in the vision of the Kingdom 2030, in many sectors, open great opportunities for the private sector to all countries of the world, in particularly neighboring countries with great relations such as Jordan.
Meanwhile, Shamali voiced the importance of linking between Jordan and Saudi Arabia via railway networks, noting that this will contribute to serving mutual interests.