A source in the Iraqi Ports Company said on Monday that Acting Transport Minister and Minister of Oil, Hussein al-Shahristani, visited several ports in Basra in a surprising visit on Sunday evening, while the security forces seized a number of smuggled cars in one of the ports in the province.
"Oil Minister, Hussein al-Shahristani, arrived to Basra province in a surprise inspection visit to a number of ports in the country, after holding the post of Acting Transport Minister," said Anmar al-Safi, the director of media department in the Iraqi Ports Company.
"Shahristani visited a number of ports and said that their technical operational status was good and assured that there was a need to study and improve the quality of services provided to reflect their importance in reviving the Iraqi economy," he added.
Separately, Basra Operational Command said that 30 cars smuggled illegally from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were seized at Abu Flous port in Khor al-Zubair.
"The authorities seized the smuggled vehicles and issued arrest warrants for the suspects", the Commander of Basra Operations, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Jawad Huwaidi, told AK News.
Basra, 550 km south of Baghdad, is the only sea port for the country and includes five commercial, civil and oil terminals, the most important of whom are: Umm Qasr, Khor al-Zubair, Abu Flous port, and Khor al-Amaya oil port.
(Source: AK News)