Iran Keeps Border Crossing with Iraq Closed
( Fars News Agency)- An Iranian official said that the country's border crossing with Iraq at Khosrawi has been kept closed due to prevailing insecurities in the Iraqi province of Dyialah , the city of Baqoubah in particular.
Speaking to FNA on Sunday, Governor-General of Iran's border province of Kermanshah Abdol-Majeed Ghafouri reiterated that despite the fact that all the required facilities and possibilities are present in Iran's Khosrawi border crossing, the Islamic Republic has preferred to keep the passage closed due to the existing insecurities in Dyialah province, specially the city of Baqoubah .
"During our previous meetings with the Iraqi president, Mr. Talabani vowed to establish security in the said regions within a few months...but we are still witnessing continued insecurities in Dyialah province," Ghafouri said.
He also said that in a recent message addressed to the Iraqi president, the Iranian side complained that security has not been established in the aforementioned areas within the deadline specified earlier by Mr. Talabani .
"Mr. Talabani said in response that his country has taken strong measures in this regard and that they are striving to reopen the international border crossing of Khosrawi as soon as possible," Ghafouri added.
Meantime, the governor general noted the abduction of his trade advisor Mahmoud Farhadi by the US troops in Iraq, and said that Iraqi officials have promised the Iranian side that they would pave the way for Farhadi's release.
"Yet, the happening of such incidents would certain leave (negative) impacts on the two countries' exchanges," he said, underlining that Iranian traders and businessmen would refrain from doing transactions with the Iraqi Kurdistan unless they feel secure.