An Iraqi government spokesman, said that, lifting ban of international flights, imposed earlier on airports of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, only depends on the security administration, which must be subject to authority of the federal government.

The federal government confirms that the two airports (Erbil and Sulaimaniyah) are part of Iraq’s sovereignty and thus, they are part of the border crossings, which must be subject to the federal authority, the government spokesman, Saad al-Hadithi, said, in a statement issued by the office of Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi.

Hadithi revealed that, there is a negotiation going on in this regard, asserting “once this issue is resolved, the ban will be cancelled and international flights will return to normal,” according to the statement.

As for the three-month extension of the ban of international flights, Hadithi said, “Specifying a period of time is not the problem, as once the negotiating teams between the federal government and the region reach a final solution to the security administration of the two airports, the international flights will return as usual.”

The ban on international flights, on the region’s international airports of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah, forced passengers to apply for an Iraqi visa, to transit through Baghdad and Basra International Airports, to go or leave the Kurdish region.

Source: NAM News Network