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Abadi's airports ban lift facilitate dialogue with Iraq: Kurds

Abadi with Nechirvan Barzani


Kurdish officials have appreciated Iraqi PM Haider Abadi's decision to lift the international flight ban on airports in the Kurdistan Region and send salaries of KRG public employees before Newroz.

KRG spokesman said the move would facilitate dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil. 


The relations between the federal government of Baghdad and the KRG have been further severed after the Iraqi parliament approved the 2018 state budget that allocated a share of 11.64 percent for KRG. 


Kurdish blocs at the federal parliament boycotted the vote and called for a complete withdrawal from the Iraqi political scene. 


Kurdish political analyst Kifah Mahmoud said Abadi's move would not make Kurds back off taking a "unified decision" regarding the budget vote. 


Mahmoud said the vote ignored partnership with Kurdistan Region. 


The ties between both sides were originally severed after the Kurdistan Region held the Sept. 25th independent referendum where over 93 percent of voters were in favor of an independent Kurdistan.


The vote was followed by a series of punitive measures against the people of the Kurdistan Region, including an attack on Peshmerga forces in the disputed areas. 


Baghdad also imposed a flight embargo on airports in Erbil and Sulaimani province and asked neighboring countries to close their borders with Kurdistan.

Last Modified: Thursday، 08 March 2018 10:17 AM