March 23, 2018 / 11:43 AM / a month ago

Turkey opens airspace to northern Iraq on Friday: prime minister

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will open its airspace to flights from northern Iraq’s Erbil as of Friday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, adding that flights from Sulaimaniya were not included in the plan.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim talks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2018. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/Files

In October last year, Turkey closed its airspace to flights to and from Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, in response to an independence referendum.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Dominic Evans

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