Iraq closes border with Jordan

Filed on January 9, 2013

The Public Security Department (PSD) of Jordan said that the authorities in Bagdad have notified them about the Jordanian-Iraqi border closure from Iraq’s side through the Treibil crossing as of Wednesday.

In a statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, the PSD added that the Iraqi authorities did not give reasons for the closure but said it was an internal matter.

The PSD urged citizens to avoid going to the Jordanian-Iraqi border until Baghdad reopens the crossing.

The statement said Jordan is maintaining contact with Iraq through security and diplomatic channels to follow up on the issue.

In Iraq, thousands of protesters have been demonstrating and have blocked a key highway in Iraq’s Sunni provinces for more than two weeks to challenge Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki.

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