The Iranian consul in the Kurdistan region visited the province of Halabja on Tuesday, and held a meeting with the governor, Azad Tawfiq.
The Iranian Consul in the Kurdistan Region, Mehdi Shoushtari, said during a joint press conference with the governor of Halabja Azad Tawfiq on Tuesday: "Iran has agreed to open the two border crossings (Shoshme and Beshta)", pointing out that the Islamic Republic of Iran wants to develop trade relations with the provinces of Sulaymaniyah and Halabja.
He added that his country is waiting for a reply from the federal government to open the border crossing, expressing his happiness that the two sides will be able to provide services to the citizens of these provinces.
For his part, Azad Tawfiq, Governor of Halabja said that "The opening of the two crossings is dependent on the response of the government in Baghdad", indicating that the province continues on talks between the governments of Iran and Iraq on this issue.
Tawfiq added that Halabja has finished all preparations for the opening of the crossings, noting that a joint delegation of the federal and Iranian government has visited the crossings more than once.
For his part, Peshawa Ahmed, head of the Halabja Chamber of Commerce and Industry told PUKmedia on Tuesday that the two sides will work to open a free trade zone in the border area, stressing that the Iranian consul expressed support for this step.