Sultanate, Turkey sign amendment to transport pact

MUSCAT: The Sultanate and Turkey on Wednesday signed an amendment to the International Land Transport Agreement signed in January 2004. The amendment will facilitate transport of goods between the two countries. The agreement was signed by Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications and Mehmet Simsek, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey. The amendment of the agreement stipulates that the transfer of goods between the two countries shall not be subject to the quota system and the issuance of permits. The two sides agreed to promote cooperation in the field of information and communications technology (ICT), postal services, co-operation in railway operations, passenger and cargo transport.

The two countries expressed their readiness to exchange experiences in roads, tunnels, investment in the ports and free zones of the Sultanate, providing them with consulting services,  encouraging the Turkish shipping companies to operate shipping lines through ports of the Sultanate. The two countries sought cooperation in maritime safety, inspection of ships, protection of marine environment from pollution, exchange of experience in the field of ship registration, cooperation in training programmess on port and maritime transport, maritime legislation, as well as cooperation in shipbuilding and repair. — ONA