September 24, 2017 / 5:51 PM / 2 years ago

Iraqi government asks Kurdistan regional government to hand over border posts, airports in referendum dispute

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi government asked the autonomous Kurdish region on Sunday to hand over international border posts and its international airports, retaliating to a Kurdish independence referendum to be held on Monday in northern Iraq.

It also asked the foreign countries to stop oil trading with the Kurdish region and to deal with the central government in regards to airports and borders, said a statement published by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli, editing by Larry King

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