KRG De­ci­sion of Re­open­ing Peshkhabour Bor­der Wel­comed

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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.

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