Export halted at Iran’s Parviz Khan checkpoint
Tehran, Iran, October 11
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
Due to public protests by Iraqi people, the export of goods from the Parviz Khan checkpoint to the Iraqi Kurdish region was stopped, Governor of Iran's Qasre Shirin County Afshin Rezaei said.
He added that authorities of the Iraqi Kurdish region have issued order to close the checkpoint, IRNA reported October 11.
He pointed out that Iran did not stop exporting goods, adding that as long as the Iraqi side does not accept Iranian cargos Iran would not be able to export anything.
In recent days there have been protests in the Iraqi Kurdish region because of due payments of workers and continued political disputes over the leadership of the region.
The protests were held across the region, including in Sulaymaniyah province which shares the checkpoint with Iran's Kermanshah province.
Qasre Shirin county is part of Kermanshah and shares over 186 kilometers of border with the Iraqi Kurdish region.
Over 50 percent of Iran's export to Iraq is carried through Parviz Khan checkpoint.