Turkey closes airspace for flights to northern Iraq

Decision taken on advice of Turkey’s National Security Council, says government spokesman 

Turkey closes airspace for flights to northern Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey on Monday closed its airspace for the flights from and to northern Iraq, the Turkish deputy prime minister and government spokesman said Monday.

Speaking to reporters after a Cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara, Bekir Bozdag said the decision was taken by the Cabinet on advice of the country’s National Security Council. 

“From now on, no airplane will be able to fly to the airports in Northern Iraqi Regional Government, and no airplane from there will be able to use the Turkish airspace,” he said.

Last month, the KRG held an illegitimate referendum across northern Iraq that resulted in a vote for independence from Baghdad. The vote was opposed by Baghdad as well as Turkey and the U.S.

 

Last Mod: 17 Ekim 2017, 11:00
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