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Iran Reopens Border with Iraqi Kurdistan Closed After Referendum

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Iran re-opened two crossings with the Iraqi Kurdistan region on Tuesday that it had closed after a referendum in favor of independence in the Kurdish area, Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported.


"Tamarchin and Parviz Khan border crossings with Erbil and Sulaymaniyah that have been closed off by the formal request of Iraqi government, were opened on Thursday," ISNA quoted the consulate of the Islamic republic in Erbil as saying.

The decision comes after Iraq extended its flight ban to the breakaway region until February 28: the limitations concern Kurdistan's Erbil and Sulaimani airports.

Iran previously imposed a fuel embargo on the autonomous region, banning the trade of fuel products - in terms of both imports and exports - with Iraqi Kurdistan.

Meanwhile, military, diplomatic, humanitarian and UN flights to the area are still permitted, but subject to approval by the Iraqi government.

Source: ISNA, Edited by website team



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