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PM Kadhimi calls for closure of unofficial border crossings to reduce illegal trade

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has called for the closing of all unofficial border crossings to reduce illegal trade and further strengthen the Iraqi economy, according to statement shared by Iraqi state media.

The Iraqi PM met with members of the recently established “Council of Entities not associated with ministries and other independent bodies” in their first regular meeting on Monday.

According to a statement released by Iraqi state media, the PM emphasized the importance of collaboration between Iraqi security forces to “close all unofficial border crossings and ports, and ban any illegal products being imported into the country in order to preserve the Iraqi economy and the income of the official border crossings.”

The PM’s office later released a statement on Telegram saying he will have regular monthly meetings with the council.

Iraq has several border crossings, both official and unofficial, with the neighbouring countries of Iran, Turkey, Syria, Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Baghdad has previously closed unofficial border crossings connecting Iran with the Kurdistan Region.

In a virtual meeting between Kadhimi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman on November 10, the two agreed to reopen the Arar border crossing, which has been closed for almost 30 years, within a week of their meeting. Source