A member of the Kurdistan Regional Parliament, Hishmatullah Falahatbisha, said the closure of the border with Iran caused a loss of 2.5 billion dollars.
“The closure of Iran’s border with the Kurdistan region of Iraq has cost 2.5 billion dollars,” he said, adding that “the border closure has cost Iran a lot.”
For his part, the head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Mines and Agriculture in Kermanshah Kivan Kashfi called on the officials concerned to “take measures and reopen the closed border crossings as soon as possible as the closure led to the loss of about 3,000 jobs.”
He added that “exports and transit through the border crossing with Kurdistan up to 3 billion dollars a year,” adding that “the closure will negatively affect the country’s exports in general.”
After the Kurdistan region held a referendum on secession in September, Iran closed its borders at the request of the Iraqi government.
A local official in the Haj Omran area of Iraqi Kurdistan said last week that no official decision had been taken to reopen the Haj Omran border checkpoint, although the Iranian authorities had previously announced that the gate would be reopened soon.