Iran and Turkey will see their main trade gate reopen this week after more than three months of closure due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said on Wednesday that Ankara will order a reopening of the Gurbulak border gate, known on the Iranian side of the border as Bazargan, to help boost trade between the two neighbors.
The long-awaited measure comes more than a week after Iranian and Turkish presidents discussed the reopening of air and land borders between the two countries now that the pandemic has slowed down.
Iran has been the worst affected country in West Asia by COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
However, the rate of infection in the country has declined over the past weeks to help the government ease lockdown measures that came into force in early March.
The pandemic-related closure of borders between Iran and Turkey has caused a decline of up to 70 percent in trade between the two in the first quarter this year.