The Iraqi government is going to take control of the borders of its Kurdistan Region “in coordination” with Iran and Turkey, the Iraqi Defence Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
The ministray said that the implementation of central government decisions to take over control of all the border posts and airports was “going as planned in coordination with the relevant authorities and neighboring countries, and there is no delay in the procedures.”
No details on the excat way how the military was planing to achieve its goal were provided.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi media reported that an Iraqi military delegation visited the Kurdistan Region’s border from the Iranian side. Earlier this month, Turkey and Iraq held joint military drills on the Turkish side of the Kurdistan border.
The Iraqi government also imposed a flights ban on the airspace over the Kurdistan Region after the local government rejected a request to hand over control of international airports in Erbil and Sulaimaniya to the federal government.