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German FM Cancels Trip to Iraq as Abadi Blocked His Visit to Erbil

BAS News - 2017-11-23 17:56
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister has refused to receive Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel if he intends to visit Kurdistan Region’s capital of Erbil after Baghdad. Gabriel had initially planned a trip to Iraq and Kurdistan Region in hopes of giving t ...

KRG’s PM receives letter from British Foreign Secretary

Waar Media - 2017-11-23 12:36
WAAR-DUHOK: UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson, has once again welcomed Kurdistan Region’s initiative to resume peaceful talks with the Iraqi central government to resolve their prolonged disputes. Johnson’s messa ...

Cyprus Delivers Military Assistance to Peshmerga

Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan - 2017-11-22 20:02
Cyprus Foreign Minister has revealed that they recently sent a shipment of military assistance to Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces as part of the international partnership for the war against Islamic State. ...

Kurdistan PM Receives Letter from British Foreign Secretary

BAS News - 2017-11-22 19:01
ERBIL — UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson, has once again welcomed Kurdistan Region’s initiative to resume peaceful talks with the Iraqi central government to resolve their prolonged disputes. Johnson’s message w ...

Moscow: Hijab, other personalities resignation is useful for peace

ANHA - 2017-11-21 15:22
NEWS DESK- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on Tuesday on the resignation of the so-called personalities the Syrian opposition such as Riyad Hijab saying it is useful for peace noting that he welcomed the resignation of what he called “rad ...

Iraq on Brink of a New War: Kurdistan FM

BAS News - 2017-11-20 23:01
ERBIL — The international community should realise the fact that Iraq is now on the verge of a new war, said Falah Mustafa, Kurdistan Region’s Foreign Minister. The Kurdish official believes that the anticipated security crisis in Iraq would be the resul ...

Saudi Arabia, Arab allies in Cairo talks on Iran, Hezbollah

Waar Media - 2017-11-19 12:23
WAAR-DUHOK: Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss confronting Iran and its Lebanese Shi‘ite ally Hezbollah, who the Arab allies say are interfering in their internal affairs. Regional t ...

Iraqi Kurdistan was Never Ready for Statehood

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
Denise Natali | Foreign Policy Iraqi Kurdistan’s referendum on independence has made an already bad situation for the Kurds far worse. Instead of enhancing the Kurds’ political leverage and autonomy, it has squandered international goodwill toward them, ...

Why US supports Syrian Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
Dr. Sherko Kirmanj — Ekurd.net The United States and Turkey have enjoyed close ties for a good part of the past eight decades. The relationship with the US has been Turkey’s most important exercise in foreign policy for its longstanding economic, militar ...

Syria wants US troops to leave

Rûdaw - 2017-11-15 06:18
Foreign military presence in Syria 'constitutes an act of aggression,' said Syria's FM ...

IS collapsed… confessions of IS mercenaries revealed veil -1

ANHA - 2017-11-13 09:01
The mercenaries of different nationalities; Arab and foreign have joined IS mercenaries with the influence of the ideas that have been circulated in the media or the views of the claimants of political Islam with anonymous objectives to the affected and s ...

Trump’s Seoul Speech: All the Right Points, Still No Way Forward

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-11-11 01:58
President Trump’s speech in South Korea’s National Assembly on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 was likely the best foreign policy speech he has ever given. And that is not only because expectations were low. It would be more accurate, perhaps, to say that fe ...

Cyprus Delivers Military Assistance to Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-11-10 19:59
ERBIL — Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has revealed that they recently sent a shipment of military assistance to Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces as part of the international partnership for the war against Islamic State (IS). He stated th ...

Abadi Planning to Sack Dozens of Kurdish Ambassadors

BAS News - 2017-11-09 03:08
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is reconsidering the structure of foreign ministry, as part of which nearly 40 ambassadors will be dismissed, a lawmaker from the Shi’ite Arab State of Law Coalition said. Most of the ambassadors whom are be ...

Buthayna Shaban echoed what Iran said, threatened SDF

ANHA - 2017-11-08 13:30
The chancellor of the Syrian regime president Buthayna Shaban has echoed what Ali Akbar welayti who is the foreign policy chancellor of the Iranian high leader Ali Khamenei said that the regime forces would not abandon al- Raqqa city which was liberated b ...

Lavrov: Putin ready for bilateral meeting with Trump on APEC sidelines

Waar Media - 2017-11-08 10:45
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian President Vladimir Putin is prepared for holding a meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and their schedules are being coordinated, Russian Foreign Ministe ...

German FM Urges Parliament to Extend Military Assistance in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-11-08 00:55
ERBIL — German Foreign Minister urged his country’s parliament on Tuesday to extend military mission training Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces. “A withdrawal would be the wrong signal to the parties to the conflict, as if we were resigned to accepting ...

Kirkuk: Sunday’s Suicide Bombers Were Foreigners

BAS News - 2017-11-05 20:11
KIRKUK — Iraqi War Media Cell (WMC) said on Sunday that the suicide bombers who attacked Kirkuk earlier the day were foreign members of the Islamic State (IS). The WMC said that initial investigations revealed that the two militants had been hiding in a ...

The USA Rights Act: What’s In There?

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-11-03 03:02
There are now at least three bills pending in Congress to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA §702). Last week, George Croner presented a summary of the provisions of the USA Liberty Act Of 2017, authored by Represe ...

Sweden’s Foreign Policy: Nonaligned, But Not Entirely Neutral

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-11-02 18:49
In late 2014, Swedish authorities spotted what many suspected was a Russian submarine lurking off Stockholm. The incident set off alarm bells among Swedes. It reminded them of a similar incident in 1981, when a nuclear-armed Soviet Whiskey-class submarin ...

The Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform Act: What’s In There?

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-11-01 23:13
There are now at least three bills pending in Congress to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA §702). Last week, George Croner presented a summary of the provisions of the USA Liberty Act Of 2017, authored by Represe ...

Kurdistan aggression met with silence by the West

Washington Times - 2017-11-01 00:45
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. — Edmund Burke The situation in Kurdistan today is the result of a blind, useless U.S. foreign policy. Based on misinformation and a desire to fulfill an impossible task — a ...

UK Urges Erbil, Baghdad to Engage in Dialogue to Settle Issues

BAS News - 2017-10-30 15:42
UK Foreign Secretary pays tribute to Barzani’s role in the fight against IS ERBIL — The British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson spoke with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi o ...

House approves bill to sanction Iran for ballistic missiles

Roji Kurd - 2017-10-30 00:00
Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act is part of efforts to clamp down on Tehran without undermining 2015 nuclear deal • Bill would impose sanctions on Iranian government or foreign entities that support missile program. The ...

Iraq Concerned about Catalan Declaration of Independence

BAS News - 2017-10-29 20:25
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government is concerned about the unilateral move by Catalonia to declare independence from Spain, said Ahmed Mahjub, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry. Iraq supports a unified Spain, the official said in an official statement o ...

Saudi Arabia Welcomes KRG’s Initiative for Talks with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-28 00:39
ERBIL ― The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomed on Friday Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) initiative to hold dialogue with the Iraqi central government and find a peaceful solution to their disputes. An official from Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry sa ...

Foreign Body “Whoever invading Afrin will not come out alive”

ANHA - 2017-10-26 15:09
Foreign Body in Afrin canton had warned the Turkish occupation army of the incursion into the canton, saying that "those who invade Afrin will not come out alive, “appealing to human rights organizations to guide Turkey to the right path. ...

Three Lebanese Kidnaped in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-25 19:56
BAGHDAD — Three Lebanese nationals were kidnapped shortly after their arrival in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, Lebanon’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The abductees were identified as Imad al-Khatib, Nader Hmadeh and George Batrouni. The incident, ...

Russia Continues Diplomatic, Economic Ties with Kurdistan: FM

BAS News - 2017-10-23 14:08
ERBIL — Russia will not suspend the diplomatic and economic relations with Kurdistan Region in the aftermath of the recent military confrontations between Erbil and Baghdad, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The top Russian diplomat made it cl ...

Russia says Iraqi Kurds must act in concert with Baghdad

Reuters - 2017-10-23 13:22
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia respects the desire of Iraqi Kurdistan to seek to assert its identity but this must be done in dialogue with the Iraqi government, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday at talks with his Iraqi government counterpa ...

Russia Urges Erbil, Baghdad on Resumption of Talks

BAS News - 2017-10-21 22:29
ERBIL — Russia has encouraged Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi central government to return to constructive dialogues as an alternative for the current military confrontations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The statement comes ahead of a meeting betwee ...

Iraq aims to double Kirkuk oil output capacity

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
Iraq plans to contract a foreign oil company to almost double the oil production capacity of the northern Kirkuk fields, to more than one million barrels per day, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said in a statement on Tuesday. ...

We won’t allow PKK presence in Kirkuk: Iraqi ambassador

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
Hundreds of outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants have been active in Kirkuk but the central government is determined to clear Iraqi territory of foreign groups, Iraqi Ambassador to Turkey Hisham al-Alawi has said. ...
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