'Unjust'

Kurdistan ministry criticizes decision to halt Korek Telecom services

ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Transportation and Communication has labeled the decision by the Iraqi Media and Communications Commission to cease network transactions with the Kurdistan Region’s Korek Telecom as “unjust.” It is urging Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani to step in to mediate the dispute.

Additionally, the ministry has appealed to the judiciary on the basis of ‘public interest.’

In a statement, the ministry disclosed that the KRG had formally communicated with the Iraqi Prime Minister’s office concerning the populace’s grievances regarding the repercussions of severing communications between Korek Telecom and both Zain Iraq and Asiacell, which were discontinued at local and international tiers.

The Ministry of Transportation of the KRG deems the action taken by the Iraqi Media and Communications Commission as ‘inequitable’ and advocates for the re-establishment of normal relations to tackle the problem through legal dialogue.

The Iraqi Media and Communications Commission issued directives to Zain and Asiacell, instructing a halt in communications with Korek. The suspension was attributed to Korek’s license expiration on August 30, 2022, alongside the company’s failure to clear its outstanding debts to the commission.

Previously, the head of the Communications Commission, in a broadcasted statement on the official channel, noted that the commission’s issues with Korek have been ongoing since 2007, with the company currently indebted by $800 million.

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