Iran Reopens Border with Iraq's Kurdish Region after 10-Day Closure

Published October 25th, 2017 - 10:48 GMT
Iran has three main crossings with the Kurdish region; Haji Omaran (in Erbil Province), Parwezkhan, and Bashmaq (AFP/File)
Iran has three main crossings with the Kurdish region; Haji Omaran (in Erbil Province), Parwezkhan, and Bashmaq (AFP/File)

Iran on Wednesday reopened a border crossing with northern Iraq’s Kurdish region after a 10-day closure, according to the Iranian consulate in Erbil.

In a statement, the consulate said the Bashmaq crossing was reopened to people and trade.

Iranian authorities had shut the terminal in mid-October upon a request from the Iraqi government amid tension between Baghdad and Erbil over last month’s referendum for regional Kurdish independence.

Iran has three main crossings with the Kurdish region; Haji Omaran (in Erbil Province), Parwezkhan, and Bashmaq.

The referendum faced sharp opposition from most regional and international actors, including the U.S., Turkey, and Iran, who warned that the poll would distract from Iraq’s fight against terrorism and destabilize the already-volatile region.

Last week, Iraqi government forces moved into several parts of the country disputed between Baghdad and Erbil, including the oil-rich Kirkuk province.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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