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Iraqi govt asks Kurdistan regional govt to hand over border posts, airports in referendum dispute
September 24, 2017 / 5:57 PM / a month ago

Iraqi govt asks Kurdistan regional govt to hand over border posts, airports in referendum dispute

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi government asked the autonomous Kurdish region on Sunday to hand over international border posts and its international airports, retaliating to a Kurdish independence referendum to be held on Monday in northern Iraq.

A boy rides a bicycle with the flag of Kurdistan in Tuz Khurmato, Iraq September 24, 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

It also asked the foreign countries to stop oil trading with the Kurdish region and to deal with the central government in regards to airports and borders, said a statement published by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli, editing by Larry King

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