Iraq denies closing airspace to Turkish planes

Director of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority Naser al-Bandar has denied that Iraqi authorities have closed the airspace of northern Iraqi to planes of Turkish officials.

Iraq denies closing airspace to Turkish planes

World Bulletin / News Desk

Director of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority Naser al-Bandar has denied reports about closing the airspace of northern Iraq to Turkish planes.

"There is no decision to close the Iraqi airspace to Turkish planes," al-Bandar told Anadolu Agency on Saturday.

Taner Yildiz, Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister, is scheduled to visit Erbil in Iraq's Kurdistan region to attend a conference on oil and natural gas.

"We have an agreement to allow in the private plane of the Turkish energy minister during his visit to Iraq tomorrow," al-Bandar said.

Karim al-Nouri, spokesman of the Iraqi transportation ministry, also denied reports about the closure of Iraqi airspace to Turkish planes.

"No decision has been taken by the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority to close the airspace to Turkish planes," he said.

He went on to say that a Turkish plane took off from Baghdad on Saturday.

Media reports had earlier claimed that Iraqi authorities have closed the airspace of northern Iraqi to planes of Turkish officials.

The reports alleged that Iraqi officials insisted that Turkish planes must first land in Baghdad before going to Erbil.

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