Erbil ready to open new border crossing with Iran to boost trade: Official

The governor general of Erbil Governorate in northern Iraq has announced the readiness of his province to open a new border crossing with Iran’s city of Oshnavieh to boost trade between the two countries.

Omed Abdulrahman Hassan, known as Omed Khoshnaw, made the announcement on Thursday in the Iranian city of Urmia, the capital of West Azarbaijan province in northwest of the country.

There, he attended a meeting of governors general of the Iranian and Iraqi provinces located on the border between the Islamic Republic and Iraq’s Autonomous Kurdistan Region. Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi and top officials from Iraq’s Kurdistan region were also present at the meeting that will wrap up on Friday.

Omed Khoshnaw called on the Iranian interior minister to pave the way for the opening of the border crossing in Oshnavieh to promote bilateral trade cooperation, adding that the move could offer key economic opportunities for people from both sides of the border, according to him.

The governor general of Erbil Governorate, whose capital Erbil is also the capital and most populated city in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, hailed “inseparable bonds” between the northern Iraqi region and Iran.

He said that Kurdistan’s relations with Iranian border provinces have witnessed a boost since last year, with good measures already taken in trade as well as in economic, political, cultural and social relations.

“We welcome joint ventures with Iran and the presence of major Iranian companies in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. We believe that promoting economic exchanges benefit both sides,” the Kurdish official said.

He also called for the resumption of flights between Erbil and Urmia as part of efforts to enhance economic ties.

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