Turkish minister: will open the crossing (Habur) border with Iraq as of Monday

Minister of Customs and Trade Turkish Bulent Tovnkja announced Sunday he will open the crossing (Habur) border with Iraq in (Şırnak Province) south-east of Turkey starting on Monday after closing earlier for security reasons.

Said Tovnkja in a statement to reporters after his meeting with the Wali (Şırnak Province) Ali Sow and other officials of the Customs in crossing the 500 mechanism will pass to Iraq and 750 mechanism will enter Turkey in the first phase, pointing out that his government is aware of the importance of the Habur crossing for exporters and residents of the area.

He added that there is a continuing security operations to combat terrorism in the districts of (Silopi and Gizrh) in (Şırnak Province), stressing continue these operations until the elimination of all terrorists.

In its assessment of the economic data relating to the crossing Tovnkja pointed out that a large part of our exports during 2015 crossed this border gate and sends most of the exporters in the eastern and south-eastern regions of Istanbul and their products to the Middle East, especially Iraq. Send a cause and Turkey recently 150 soldiers, accompanied by a number of tanks near the Iraqi city of Mosul Ba'shiqah area to replace the Turkish unit stationed there two and a half outbreak of a diplomatic crisis between Ankara and Baghdad since it considered that the entry of the last soldiers to prejudice its sovereignty and demanded by dragging them.