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Tehran will resume air communication with Erbil in late April

IRAQ (OBSERVATORY) –¬†Flights between Tehran and the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil, suspended in connection with the Kurdish referendum last year, will resume at the end of April, the Iranian Consul General in Erbil Mortez Abadi said.

“Flights from Tehran to Erbil will resume from next Friday,” the ISNA news agency quoted Abadi as saying .

Flights from Iran to Suleymaniye and Erbil airports in Iraqi Kurdistan were suspended at the request of the Iraqi government last year, when relations between the federal authorities and the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan became more acute after the Kurds held a referendum on independence on September 25, 2017, to which Baghdad had not given permission. 93% of Kurds voted for independence.

After the referendum, the authorities of Iraq introduced a series of sanctions against the Kurdish autonomy. Among them – a ban on international flights to and from the region, the closure of border crossings and the restriction of banking operations.