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Turkey calls on citizens to leave KRG, gives oil assurance to Baghdad

Turkey called on its citizens to leave northern Iraq before flights are suspended on Friday in response to the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

Turkey will suspend flights to the northern Iraqi cities of Erbil and Sulaimaniya from 1500 GMT on Friday. The decision will impact Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, and Atlas Global flights.

Meanwhile, Iraq has declared that it would take steps with Turkey regarding raw oil export.

In the statement delivered from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office, it was stated that Turkish PM Binali Yıldırım and Abadi spoke on the phone and “Ankara said that it will maintain relation only with the government of Baghdad regarding raw oil export”, Bianet reported.

“Yıldırım confirmed that his country would support all the decisions to be made by the Iraqi government”, the statement said.

It was also stated that “restricting the oil export with Iraqi government” was among the precautions to be taken.

PM Yıldırım said, “Turkey will now run all its economic, business and diplomatic relations with Iraq through the central government” in the statement he issued today (September 28).

92.73% of the participants voted in favor of independence in the independence referendum held by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) that is not recognized by the Iraqi central government.

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