Iran closes border point as Iraqi truck drivers strike
Tehran, Iran, April 24
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
Iran’s Khosravi border checkpoint to Iraq has been closed since April 21 when Iraqi truck drivers went on strike to protest against a ban on bulk cement imports to the Kurdistan Region.
Since then, some 600 Iranian trucks have been stuck in the Iranian side of the checkpoint while 100 other Iranian trucks are stuck on the Iraqi side, Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization Director Mohammad Javad Atrchian told Mehr news agency April 24.
According to Atrchian, officials from Iran’s Kermanshah Province are in talks with Kurdistan Region officials to solve the issue.
Iranian officials from the Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Transport, and lesser officials from Kermanshah Province are planning a second round of talks with Kurdistan officials for April 26.