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| 13 March, 2018

Iraqi PM Abadi lifts ban on international flights to Kurdistan Region

Iraq has lifted the ban on international flights to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region's airports.

An Iraqi Airways plane lands at Baghdad International airport January 27. Image for illustrative purposes.

An Iraqi Airways plane lands at Baghdad International airport January 27. Image for illustrative purposes.

REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

BAGHDAD- Iraq has lifted the ban on international flights to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region's airports, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Kurdistan's regional airports will be under the command of the Federal Ministry of the Interior," the statement said.

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

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(Reporting by Raya Jalabi Editing by Alison Williams) ((Raya.Jalabi@thomsonreuters.com;))