Iran Cuts Economic, Trade Ties with Iraqi Kurdistan

A033458218.jpgFollowing the arrest of an Iranian business official and lack of efforts to release him within the specified deadline, all economic and trade relations with the Iraqi Kurdistan have been cut, an Iranian official in the border province of Kermanshah said.Director of the public relations of Kermanshah governorate, Seyed Mohammad Jafar Imamian told FNA on Tuesday that the Iranian detainee Mahmoud Farhadi, who is a member of the governorate’s economic team, had gone to Suleymaniah at the invitation of Kurdistan officials.

“The dispatched delegation was in Suleymaniah to help resolve the issues of the Iraqi Kurdistan, Suleymaniah in particular, when they were kidnapped during a nightly raid,” he said.

He said when talks about the release of Farhadi proved to be fruitless, all the governors of Iran’s western provinces, in a coordinated action, have suspended all their border exchanges with Kurdistan province and sealed off the two sides’ shared borders.

The official further warned Iraq about the negative consequences of Farhadi’s detention, and called on the central government in Baghdad to continue its pressures on the US troops until Farhadi is released.

“Otherwise, Americans and Iraqi officials should account for the grave consequences and problems” which will arise, he concluded.

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