Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said the restrictions imposed by Iraq on the borders with the Iraqi Kurdistan Region will be removed in the coming days.
In a statement on Saturday, Iran’s consulate in Erbil said the Haj Omran (Tamarchin) and Parviz Khan border crossings in western Iran are still closed and the officials have not made any new decision about those two places. As an alternative, Iranian and Iraqi merchants and passengers can cross via Bashmakh (Bashmaq) border crossing, it added.
Iran closed the common border with Iraqi Kurdistan Region at the request of Baghdad following the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) referendum to secede from the Arab country in September. Iraq, along with Iran and Turkey, is planning to take control of the borders of its autonomous Kurdistan region.
On September 25 in a controversial referendum, the people in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq voted for independence amid rising tensions and international opposition.
The referendum set off a chain of events, and an eventual military confrontation between Erbil and Baghdad.
On October 16, Iraqi government forces launched a major operation in Kirkuk and acquired control of both its oil fields and a strategic military base without any armed clashes.
KRG announced last week it was prepared to put the results of the referendum on hold.
Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence