Cargo Line Opened between Qatar, Turkey via Iran

Qatar has opened a land and sea cargo line with Iran and Turkey in a bid to reduce the Arab country’s cargo shipping costs by 80 percent, a report said.

Former editor-in-chief of Qatar’s al-Sharq newspaper, Jaber Al-Harmi, said via twitter that the Persian Gulf Arab state has opened a land and sea cargo line with Iran and Turkey, Middle East Monitor reported on Monday.

The tweet also included a video showing large trucks loaded with goods on their way to Qatar.

Qatar has extended new sea lines in the face of an air, land and sea blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain.

The lines extend between the ports of Qatar to various destinations in Turkey, Kuwait, Oman, India and Pakistan.

Economists believe that the five shipping lines constitute an alternative for Doha in the face of sanctions imposed by its neighbors and also an outlet for its navigational and commercial movement in general.

Since June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have severed ties with Qatar and imposed punitive measures on the grounds that it supports terrorism, a charge that Doha denies.

(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

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