Border Crossings between Kurdistan, Iran Reopen: Officials

Border Crossings between Kurdistan, Iran Reopen: Officials

Border crossings between the Kurdistan Region and Iran were reopened on Tuesday (January 2), three months after their closure over the controversial independence vote.

Spokesman of Parvezkhan border crossing, Aram Sayakhan said that their border crossing is now reopened.

Meanwhile, head of Kurdistan-Iran relations from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Abdulla Akrayee told Mehr News Agency that “Iran has decided to reopen the border crossings.”

The Iranian authorities had informed him that both border crossings of Parvezkhan and Haji Omaran were reopened at 12 a.m. on Tuesday.

On December 18, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Bahram Ghassemi said the two frontier crossings of Haji Omran and Parvezkhan had been reopened, without giving a specific date, while the Bashmakh frontier post began working again in October.

Iran closed the border crossings after the Kurdistan Region on September 25 voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence at a referendum that Baghdad insisted was illegal.

Iran and Turkey, which have Kurdish communities of their own, were also against the poll.