In the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] March 13, 2018Comments on an Arab newspaper reveals the intention of Abadi open airports Arbil and Sulaymaniyah closed 5 visits
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced the reopening of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports in front of flights after months of closure following a referendum on the secession of the Kurdistan region.
The newspaper quoted informed sources as saying that "Abadi will announce today the completion of procedures to open the airports officially before international aviation," indicating that "the Prime Minister will meet hundreds of Kurdish police officers from the officials at the two airports, after the transfer of administrative responsibilities to the Iraqi Ministry of Interior."
The sources added that "Abbadi will announce during the meeting the opening of the two airports as a first step towards normalization of strained relations between the two sides, followed during the days handed over thousands of employees of the Ministries of Health and Education in the region, the two largest ministries, salaries have been stalled for months.
In October 2017, Abbadi ordered the closure of Sulaymaniyah and Erbil airports in response to a referendum on the secession of the territory from Iraq on September 25, and required Baghdad to hand over the security and customs authority at the two airports to allow their reopening.
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