Iran reopens 5 crossings on border with north Iraq, Kurdish official says

October 8, 2007 09:45

Iran on Monday opened five border crossing points with Kurdish-run northern Iraq, closed last month by Teheran to protest the US detention of an Iranian there, an Iraqi Kurdish official said. Jamal Abdullah, spokesman for the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq, expressed relief that the crossings reopened at 9 a.m. Monday and added that the decision to reopen them followed a visit by a Kurdish delegation to Iran three days ago. Iran closed the border with the Kurdish northern Iraq on September 24 following the arrest of Mahmoud Farhadi, who was taken into custody four days earlier by US troops in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah.

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