Abadi rejects Turkey’s meditation on border crossings issue with Erbil

<p style="text-align: left;">Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has rejected a request by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the border exits, a parliamentarian source said on Sunday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today, the source said &ldquo;Kurdistan Region&rsquo;s premier, Nechirvan Barzani urged, during his recent visit to Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to meditate and intervene to resolve the border exits issue.&rdquo;

Consequently, according to the source, &ldquo;Erdogan submitted a proposal to Abadi to resolve the issue through joint administration between Baghdad and Erbil.&rdquo;

&ldquo;Abadi refused and stressed necessity that the federal government imposes control on all border exits,&rdquo; the source added.

In a press conference on Thursday, Barzani expressed his government&rsquo;s readiness to discuss all pending issues with Baghdad and to act according to the constitution in relation to airports and border crossings &ldquo;with utmost transparency&rdquo;.

The report comes days after news reports quoted Salem al-Sudani, a spokesperson of the Iraqi transport ministry, as denying reports that Baghdad extended a flight embargo on Kurdistan airports by two months.

Iraqi government forces approached the southern borders of Erbil, capital of semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region, after taking over Kirkuk province from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in October.

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