Turkey will lay the foundation of a new border crossing across its border with Syria next weekend, the head of a local commerce chamber said on Saturday.
Necdet Aktas, the chairman of Nusaybin Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said that Turkey's State Minister Hayati Yazici, Syrian Finance Minister Muhammad al-Husayn, and Rifat Hisarciklioglu, the chairman of the Union of Chambers & Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), would participate in the groundbreaking ceremony of the Nusaybin border pass on January 29.
"This will be the first customs gate in Turkey that will be operated as a 'sister crossing' model together with Syria," Aktas told AA correspondent.
Aktas said there were only three other such customs gates in the world, two of which were in the United States and one in Switzerland.
"Turkey will get access to the Middle East more easily through this customs gate through which people can cross into the other country with a single stamp," Aktas said.
Aktas said the Nusaybin border crossing would ease the burden on the Habur customs gate.
Mines were cleared in a 216 acres of land in order to open the Nusaybin border crossing.