Iraqi PM reopens Kurdistan airports to international flights
Tehran (KNA) - Iraq has ended a nearly six-month air blockade imposed on its Kurdistan after the semi-autonomous region held a controversial referendum on secession last September.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday the airports of Arbil and Sulaimaniyah were "again open to international flights" after the federal authority was restored at the hubs.
Tensions flared up between the region and the central government in Baghdad after the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) held a highly controversial plebiscite on secession on September 25 last year.
The referendum was held despite strong opposition from Baghdad, the international community, and Iraq's neighboring countries, especially Turkey and Iran.
Source: Press TV