KRG Decision of Reopening Peshkhabour Border Welcomed
Special US Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Islamic State (IS) has welcomed a decision by Kurdistan Region President to reopen the border crossing between Kurdistan Region and Syrian Kurdistan [Rojava].
Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy, on Thursday posted on social media that he welcomes the the decision which helps humanitarian assistances to be delivered to Rojava.
“Welcome the opening of the border between the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and Northern Syria [Rojava] for badly needed humanitarian trade and commerce,” McGurk tweeted.
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday ordered the border to be reopened with charging no taxes on the food, medicines and other goods being traded to Ro- java.
The border was closed almost three months ago.
Kurdish officials stated that waiving exports to Rojava from customs fees is a plan to help people in the Syrian Kurdistan to receive goods with lower prices while they are already suffering from a harsh situation.
The Board of Human Rights in Kurdistan Region has also welcomed the decision of the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, by which the border crossing between Kurdistan Region and the Syrian Kurdistan [Rojava] has reopened for exports.
A spokesperson for the Kurdistan Region’s Board of Human Rights told BasNews that reopening the border crossing and not charging food, medicines and other goods with any taxes for Syrian Kurds “is a significant humanitarian move by the Kurdistan Region.”
Spokesperson Mohammed Gomashini stressed out that the initiative will prevent a humanitarian crisis in the Syrian Kurdistan and it is “obviously a mes- sage of peace.”
While people in Rojava are going through hardships due to the on-going conflicts, explained the Kurdish official, this decision will prevent the rise of the price of goods, and it helps people have access to food and medicine with lower prices.
After few months of closure at the Pishkhabour border crossing, Kurdistan Region presidency ordered on Wednesday, July 8th, for the border to be reopened with no tax on the goods being exported to the Syrian Kurdistan.
BasNews has learned that in the first 24 hours, scores of trucks, loaded with food and other goods have crossed the border into Rojava with no custom clearance fees.