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Baghdad’s air ban has detrimental effect on Kurdistan – KRG head

Nechirvan Barzani

The air ban, imposed by Baghdad on Kurdistan Region, has had a detrimental effect on displaced persons, refugees, international organizations and Peshmerga injured soldiers, head of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani revealed Sunday. 

According to KRG’s statement, Barzani received on Sunday the Dutch ambassador to Baghdad Matthijs Wolters and the Consul General of the Netherlands to Erbil Janet Alberda.     
During his meeting with the Dutch diplomats, Barzani provided an overview of the political and financial situation in Kurdistan Region and his government’s efforts to overcome the problems facing the region. 

KRG’s head also shed light on slashing Kurdistan’s share in 2018 state budget.  
In addition, Barzani stressed the importance of the international community’s role in urging Erbil and Baghdad to enter into dialogue based on the constitution. 

In September, the Baghdad government imposed an air ban on Kurdistan Region in retaliation for an independence vote. 

It was reported that maintaining the travel curbs is likely to discourage visits by businessmen and Kurdish expatriates, and affect industries including hotels, financial services, transport and real estate.

Last Modified: Monday، 27 November 2017 11:16 AM