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EghtesadOnline: Iran opened a border crossing with the Kurdistan region of Iraq Wednesday which was closed after a referendum on independence in the Kurdish area.

“After the referendum and changes within the Kurdistan region our borders with the Kurdistan region of Iraq were closed... today the Bashmagh border is open,” Jahangir Bakhshi, the head of customs for the border crossing was quoted as saying by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting news agency.

The Bashmagh border crossing is located 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of the city of Sulaimaniya in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Iran had shut its border crossings with the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, including Bashmagh, at the request of the Iraqi government. According to results announced by KRG, almost 93% of registered voters cast ballots in favor of independence, Financial Tribune reported. 

Iraqi Kurdistan is a landlocked region heavily dependent on its neighbors. Bakhshi said it was not clear when the other borders between Iran and the Kurdistan region of Iraq would reopen.

Iran exported commodities worth more than $3 billion to Iraq during the six months to Sept. 22, with less than one-third of the exports going to the northern Kurdish region.

 

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