US State Department spokeswoman Heather Noiret on Tuesday criticized the Iraqi government’s decision to close the air ports of the Kurdistan Region as a punitive measure against the background of the referendum held yesterday.
“The closure of the air ports by the government in Baghdad is not right,” Nuerte told a news conference. “We do not accept any escalation or violence on both sides.”
He said that “we do not support the step of the referendum of Kurdistan and do not favor the government of Baghdad, but we support the unity of Iraq.”
But added that “the size of participation in the referendum in Kurdistan was very large,” noting that the referendum was accepted and popular in Kurdistan.
Norit Erbil and Baghdad called for serious dialogue to resolve differences and outstanding issues between them.
The Iraqi Council of Ministers decided earlier today to subject the land and air ports in the Kurdistan Region to supervise and control the border crossings.
It also decided to ban international flights to and from Kurdistan in case airports are not subject to government authority.