Open­ing of Five More Bor­der Cross­ings with Turkey Leads Kur­dis­tan Fur­ther to In­de­pen­dence

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By: N. M. Mo­ham­mad

Dur­ing his visit to the city of Van, the Prime Min­is­ter of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG) his Ex­cel­lency Nechir­van Barzani signed an agree­ment with the neigh­bor­ing coun­try Turkey to open five new bor­der cross­ings to en­hance and de­velop com­merce and tourism be­tween the two sides.

For this pur­pose, a del­e­ga­tion from the KRG was sent by the Prime Min­is­ter be­fore two days to “Shrnax” city to make prepa­ra­tions for the open­ings of the five cross­ings as soon as pos­si­ble. Ac­cord­ing to the econ­o­mists, the open­ing of new cus­toms is clear ev­i­dence that shows that Turkey un­der­stands the sig­nif­i­cance of the Kur­dish re­gion. There­fore, the open­ing of the cross­ings is con­sid­ered as pos­i­tive steps to­wards fur­ther eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ment be­tween Kur­dis­tan and Turkey. In ad­di­tion, the Kur­dis­tan re­gion tries to knock at the doors of Europe through Turkey. Tighter re­la­tions with Turkey fa­cil­i­tate these ef­forts.

Dr. Lo­q­man Muham­mad, Vice Pres­i­dent of the Univer­sity of Duhok, states that the open­ing of many more in­ter­na­tional bor­der cross­ings with Turkey is of crit­i­cal im­por­tance to de­velop the re­gion's econ­omy. As we may all know, his Ex­cel­lency Nechir­van Barzani, has al­ways ini­ti­ated de­ci­sive steps to­wards the im­prove­ment and pros­per­ity of the econ­omy of the Kur­dis­tan re­gion. This is par­tially due to the fact that the Turk­ish govern­ment now strongly re­lies on the re­gion's econ­omy. His Ex­cel­lency's ef­forts are to be ap­pre­ci­ated for tak­ing ma­jor steps to make the re­gion flour­ish. Dr. Muham­mad also re­veals that these bor­der points are not only vi­tal for the Kur­dish re­gion, but for Iraq and its neigh­bors as well. Hope­fully, this will lead Kur­dis­tan to­wards in­de­pen­dence and cre­ation of a na­tion state.

Dr. Laz­gin A. Jamil, Pres­i­dent of the Univer­sity of Zakho, spoke to the "Hal­wer" news­pa­per and said that the (KRG) eco­nom­i­cally has taken un­prece­dented steps. Un­doubt­edly, good re­la­tions with neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, es­pe­cially Turkey, is vi­tal and nec­es­sary for the Kur­dish Re­gion. Through Turkey Kur­dis­tan comes closer to Europe. The open­ing of these new cus­toms shows that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Kur­dis­tan and Turkey is im­prov­ing and de­vel­op­ing day by day not only eco­nom­i­cally, but in other ar­eas as well, par­tic­u­larly since the Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani and the Prime Min­is­ter of KRG have played sig­nif­i­cant roles in the process of the peace­ful so­lu­tion to the Kur­dish is­sue in Turkey. Large oil and gas re­serves in Kur­dis­tan is an­other in­cen­tive that en­cour­aged both coun­tries to es­tab­lish con­struc­tive mu­tual re­la­tions. Dr. Jamil fur­ther adds that these bor­der cross­ings are a source of in­come for the lo­cal people too.

Kawa Ab­dul-Aziz, an econ­o­mist, says that open­ing of new cus­toms be­tween two coun­tries serves two pur­poses: firstly, it strength­ens the po­lit­i­cal re­la­tion­ship and, sec­ondly, it will boost the econ­omy of both sides. Fur­ther­more, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment wants to open up a new page re­gard­ing its re­la­tions, which are based on mu­tual in­ter­ests, with other coun­tries in par­tic­u­lar Turkey, which en­joys a strate­gic po­si­tion in the re­gion.

The open­ing of these five new cross­ings shows that Turkey has changed its strat­egy re­gard­ing the Kur­dis­tan re­gion. In the past, Turkey did ev­ery pos­si­ble thing to op­pose the Kur­dish. Now, how­ever, it tries to es­tab­lish nor­mal re­la­tions with them. And the open­ing of these new cus­toms is tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence that ac­cen­tu­ates the fact that Turkey looks at the Kur­dis­tan re­gion with greater sig­nif­i­cance and in­ter­est.

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