Iran to lift bor­der curbs with Iraq’s Kur­dish re­gion in com­ing days

Iran Daily - - National -

Iran will re­open all its bor­der cross­ings with Iraq’s Kur­dis­tan re­gion in the com­ing days, lift­ing re­stric­tions im­posed af­ter last month’s Kur­dish vote in fa­vor of in­de­pen­dence, its chief of staff said on Mon­day.

The an­nounce­ment comes a day af­ter Iraqi Kur­dish leader Ma­soud Barzani said he would give up his po­si­tion as pres­i­dent on Nov. 1, af­ter the se­ces­sion ref­er­en­dum he cham­pi­oned back­fired and trig­gered mil­i­tary ac­tion by the Bagh­dad.

Af­ter the vote, Iraqi troops were or­dered by the coun­try’s Prime Min­is­ter Haider al-abadi to take con­trol of ar­eas claimed by both Bagh­dad and the Kur­dish gov­ern­ment.

Iran, which has its own Kur­dish mi­nor­ity, also op­poses se­ces­sion, and at the re­quest of Bagh­dad closed its bor­ders with the Kur­dish re­gion in north­ern Iraq and halted all flights there and back.

“Bor­der re­stric­tions be­tween Iran and Iraq’s Kur­dish re­gion will be lifted in com­ing days,” Iran’s Chief of Staff Ma­jor Gen­eral Mo­ham­mad Baqeri was quoted as say­ing by ISNA.

Tehran al­ready re­wopened the Bash­magh cross­ing last week.

Baqeri also said if Kur­dis­tan im­ple­mented its plan to break away from Iraq, “there would be blood­shed in Iraq and neigh­bor­ing coun­tries would be af­fected”.

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