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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Iran Takes No Unilateral Action Against KRG: Minister

BAS News - 2017-10-12 01:09
ERBIL — The Iranian government has ruled out possibility of taking any unilateral action against the Kurdistan Region and in response to September independence referendum, said Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif. The official made ...

Iraqi FM to Visit Moscow, Discuss Kurdistan’s Independence

BAS News - 2017-10-10 23:44
ERBIL — Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim al-Jafaari is set to visit Moscow next week. Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum will remain on top of his agenda. Iraq’s Ambassador to Russai, Haidar Mansour Hadi, confirmed the report and reveale ...

Iranian FM to Visit Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-05 22:20
ERBIL — Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Javad Zarif, will arrive in Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah on Friday to take part in burial ceremony of late Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Jalal Talabani. Bahram Qasemi, ...

Turkey Skeptical About US Taking Back Arms from YPG

BAS News - 2017-10-04 22:33
ERBIL — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu once again criticised the US policy for arming the Syrian Kurdish forces for the battle against Islamic State (IS), saying that Ankara looks forward to see Washington taking the arms back after the Raqqa ...

Turkey seeks to isolate Syria Idlib jihadists opposing truce

Reuters - 2017-10-03 18:11
ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey is luring militants away from the jihadist alliance that controls Syria's northwestern Idlib province as a step toward implementing a deal to reduce violence there, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday. ...

Kuwait Will Not Take Any Measures against Kurdistan: Kuwaiti Deputy FM

BAS News - 2017-09-28 16:36
ERBIL- Kuwait will not abide by any instructions by the Iraqi government and House of Representatives against the Kurdistan Region, said the country’s deputy foreign minister on Thursday. Khaled Jarallah told Kuwaiti media outlets that his country will i ...

Kurdish independence vote defended by Iraqi minister

Washington Times - 2017-09-28 04:54
Falah Mustafa Bakir heads the Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government. He spoke with Washington Times special correspondent Seth J. Frantzman the day after Sunday's vote on why the region's nonbinding independence referendum ...

Syria Open to Negotiations With Kurds Over Autonomy: FM

BAS News - 2017-09-27 00:16
ERBIL — The Syrian Government is open to negotiations with the Kurds over their demands for an autonomy in northern Syria, the foreign minister said on Tuesday. According to Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem, Damascus is willing to discuss with t ...

Turkish Ex-Minister Says Kurdistan Referendum Would not Lead to War

BAS News - 2017-09-21 01:16
ERBIL — Former Turkish Foreign Minister said on Wednesday that Turkey would not view the Kurdistan Region's independence referendum as a reason for war. According to Yasar Yakis, former FM and one of the founders of the ruling Justice and Development Par ...

Turkish FM says KRG referendum 'big mistake'

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 14:09
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, speaking to Al-Monitor during his visit to New York for this week’s UN General Assembly session, addressed his country’s stance on the upcoming independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, EU-Turkey ties, Ankara’s ...

Turkish and KRG foreign ministers meet in New York

Waar Media - 2017-09-18 18:04
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his KRG counterpart Falah Mustafa are in meeting in New York one week before the Kurdistan vote on independence. The two ministers are in New York for the UN General Assembly. While Turkish offici ...

More Safe Zones Needed in Syria: Russian FM

BAS News - 2017-09-10 23:48
ERBIL — The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov met with his Saudi Arabian counterpart, Adel Jubeir, on Sunday to discuss the ongoing Syrian Crisis and the need of establishment of more safe zones in the country. The two officials agreed that the so- ...

Moscow Will Assess Results of Kurdistan’s Referendum: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-09 11:19
ERBIL — Russian deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Friday that Moscow will assess the outcome of Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum after it happens. Bogdanov said that Russia will assess the results of Kurdistan’s independence refe ...

Yazidi activist Nadia Murad meets with French FM Jean-Yves Le Drian

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
PARIS,— Yazidi human rights activist, UN Goodwill Ambassador and Islamic State group IS survivor, Nadia Murad, met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris to talk about the future of the Yazidi community in Shingal (Sinjar) as well as me ...

Russia sees no significant threat from North Korea yet

Waar Media - 2017-09-04 13:01
WAAR-DUHOK: Russia monitors North Korea’s moves as it boosts its nuclear capabilities, however, Moscow does not see any significant threat for itself, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Monday. On Sunday, North Korea said that it had suc ...

UK Minister of State arrives in Erbil to discuss referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-04 11:03
A British senior delegation, headed by Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth office, arrived in Kurdistan Region’s capital Erbil overnight Sunday, planning to discuss the imminent independence vote with top Kurdish officials, BasNews reported ...

UK Minister of State in Erbil to Discuss Kurdistan’s Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-09-04 01:21
ERBIL — A British senior delegation, headed by Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth office, arrived in Kurdistan Region’s capital Erbil overnight Sunday, planning to discuss the imminent independence vote with top Kurdish officials. Alistai ...

Senior Iranian diplomat visits Syria

KurdPress - 2017-08-30 12:17
Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari arrived in Damascus Tuesday night to hold meetings on latest developments in the war-stricken country. ...

Iranian FM, UN envoy discuss developments in Syria

KurdPress - 2017-08-29 09:20
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on Monday conferred on political initiations for the resolution of crisis in the war-torn Syria. ...

Kurds want to be good neighbors for Iraq: FM

KurdPress - 2017-08-29 09:20
The Kurdistan Regional Government's minister of foreign relations has said that Kurds in the region want to establish their own independent state and determine to become a good neighbor for Iraq. ...

Lavrov begins Persian Gulf tour to discuss Qatar crisis

Waar Media - 2017-08-28 13:16
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will go on a brief tour of the Persian Gulf countries starting with Kuwait on Monday. During his tour, he will also make visits to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. While in Kuwait, the Russian top dip ...

French ministers arrive in Erbil, meet Barzani ahead of referendum

KurdPress - 2017-08-27 13:39
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defence Minister Florence Parly met with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region on Saturday August 26, weeks ahead of a planned referendum on independence of K ...

Ibrahim Jaafari says army liberated 70% of Tal Afar from ISIS

Waar Media - 2017-08-27 09:28
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iraqi army has liberated 70 percent of Tal Afar in northern Iraq from the Daesh (ISIS) terrorist group, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said Saturday. “Seventy percent of Tal Afar city have been liberated and, if God helps, the rem ...

French FM to Barzani: France Will Be with Kurdistan in Peace and War

BAS News - 2017-08-26 21:04
ERBIL— French Foreign Minister on Saturday told Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani that his country will support the Kurdistan Region in peace and in war, according to a report by Kurdistan Region presidency. A high level French government delegat ...

French Defense, Foreign Ministers to Visit Erbil

BAS News - 2017-08-26 12:43
ERBIL — After they arrived in Baghdad earlier today, the French defense and foreign ministers are expected to visit Erbil to meet with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defense Minister Florence Par ...

French Foreign, Defence Ministers to Visit Iraq

BAS News - 2017-08-25 20:51
ERBIL — French Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence are scheduled to arrive in Baghdad on Saturday before they visit Erbil. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defence Minister Florence Parly are said to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-A ...

Germany FM: Turkey cannot join EU under Erdoğan’s rule

Waar Media - 2017-08-25 13:19
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey cannot become a member in the European Union (EU) as long as [President] Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is ruling the country, said German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. In his words, however, this does not mean that the EU does not want Turke ...

Turkey Urges Iraqi Kurds to Abandon Independence Vote

The Kurdish Project - 2017-08-24 22:37
The following article was originally published in Al Jazeera English. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has urged Iraqi Kurds to cancel an independence referendum planned for next month. Speaking to reporters in Baghdad on Wednesday, Cavusoglu ca ...
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