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Iran cuts economic, trade ties with Iraqi
Kermanshah, Iran,-- Following the arrest of
an Iranian smuggler 'businessman' and lack of
efforts to release him within the specified
deadline, all economic and trade relations with the
Iraqi Kurdistan have been cut, an Iranian official
in the border province of Kermanshah said.
Iran on Monday
border with Iraq's Kurdistan region in protest at
the arrest of an Iranian by the US military.
The US military
Farhadi from a hotel in Kurdish province of
Sulaimaniyah on Thursday, charging that he was an
officer in the covert operations arm of Iran's elite
Revolutionary Guards and accused him of helping to
smuggle a deadly type of roadside bomb into Iraq.
Director of the public relations of Kermanshah
governorate, Seyed Mohammad Jafar Imamian told FNA
on Tuesday that the Iranian detainee Mahmoud Farhadi,
who is a member of the governorate's economic team,
had gone to Sulaimaniyah city at the invitation of
Trucks cross the Iranian-Iraqi Kurdistan region
border at the Kurdistan crossing point of Bashmakh
in March 2007
"The dispatched delegation was in Sulaimaniyah to
help resolve the issues of the Iraqi Kurdistan,
Sulaimaniyah in particular, when they were arrested
during a nightly raid," Imamian said.
He said when talks about the release of Farhadi
proved to be fruitless, all the governors of Iran's
western provinces, in a coordinated action, have
suspended all their border exchanges with Kurdistan
province and sealed off the two sides' shared
The official further warned Iraq about the negative
consequences of Farhadi's detention, and called on
the central government in Baghdad to continue its
pressures on the US troops until Farhadi is
"Otherwise, Americans and Iraqi officials should
account for the grave consequences and problems"
which will arise, he concluded.
Economic analyst Mohammed Salman of the University
of Erbil warned that people on both sides of the
frontier would be affected.
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