Iran announces decision to reopen crossings into Kurdistan Region

By Rudaw  17 Dec 2017 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iran will reopen major border crossings with the Kurdistan Region which had been shut by Tehran since mid-October.

Iranian Interior Minister Abdulraza Rahmani Fazli announced on Sunday that from henceforward the decision on reopening Haji Omaran and Parvezkhan crossings will take effect. Iran on October 15 shut the three border-crossings of Haji Omaran, Parvezkhana and Bashmakh. Ten days later, it opened Bashmakh.Jawhar Mohammed, head of the Haji Omeran crossing for the Kurdistan Region told Rudaw that Iran had long made the decision to reopen the gates, but their decisions were not implemented.Iran also became the first country to close its air space to flights in and out of Kurdistan the day before the September 25 referendum at the request of the Iraqi government. The measure did not affect the three land borders Iran has with Kurdistan.