Iraq's PM Abadi lifts worldwide flight ban to KRG

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

The ban on worldwide flights was part of sanctions imposed on the Kurdish region after it conducted a referendum in September on Kurdish independence in defiance of Baghdad's wishes.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday said he would lift a ban on global flights to and from the region this week, the latest sign of a thaw.

The airports are due to open "within a few days" government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi told The Associated Press.

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"Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi announced the reopening of the airports in Erbil and Suleimaniyah to global flights", said a tweet published by Mr Abadi's official account.

Al-Abadi said a higher committee will be formed "to oversee the management of the Kurdish region's airports to ensure their compliance with the federal government's standards".

The referendum was vehemently rejected by Baghdad and Iraq's other neighbors, ratcheting up tensions in the region on the heels of military victories against the Islamic State group.

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In September 2017 people in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq voted in the controversial referendum, despite warnings from the central government in Baghdad and global opposition.

The decision to lift the flight ban comes as Iraq is preparing for national elections slated to be held in May.

Iraq's small landlocked Kurdish region has been increasingly isolated following the September referendum, straining relations with key allies such as the United States and neighboring Turkey.

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