Oct 30, 2017 17:59 UTC
  • Iran will lift border restrictions with Iraq’s Kurdistan soon: Baqeri

A senior Iranian commander says the country will remove its border restrictions with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region “in the coming days,” lifting curbs imposed after last month’s independence referendum.

“Border restrictions between Iran and Iraq’s Kurdistan region will be lifted ... within the next days,” Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri told reporters on Monday, ISNA reported.

He warned that if Kurdistan had implemented its plan to break away from Iraq, the country would have faced “war and long-term bloodshed” which would have also affected neighboring countries.

A spokesman for Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Keyvan Khosravi, said on September 24 that Iran had closed its airspace to all flights to and from the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq at the request of the country's federal government.

“At the request of the central government of Iraq, all flights from Iran to Sulaymaniyah and Erbil airports as well as all flights through our country’s airspace originating in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region have been halted,” Khosravi added.