Turkey’s cargo transportation through Syria declines by 3.4 fold
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 25 / Trend A. Taghiyeva /
Turkey's cargo transportation through Syria declined by 3.4 fold in January-May 2012, compared to the same period of 2011, Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan said today, TRT Haber V channel reported.
"About 5700 trucks were transported through Syria from January to May 2012," he said. "Last year the figure was 19,300."
The minister stressed that Turkey transported 5100 trucks with goods to Syria in January-May 2012. This figure amounted to 36,400 trucks in the same period of 2011.
"Turkey's export to Syria fell to $337 million in January and May, of which $160 million fell to the export of electricity," he added. "Turkey's exports to Syria during the same period of 2011 amounted to $709 million."
Turkish-Syrian relations were aggravated after Syria said it hit a Turkish aircraft over its territorial waters after invading its airspace. However, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the plane was shot down in international airspace and wreckage fell into Syrian territorial waters.