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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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Iraqi Delegation Attacked, Robbed in South Africa: MP

BAS News - 2017-10-15 19:26
ERBIL — Head of Iraq’s Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Relations has warned that the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs of unorganised international trips by official delegations after a group of Iraqi delegates were robbed in South Africa last we ...

Borders with Kurdistan Open: Iranian Foreign Ministry

BAS News - 2017-09-25 20:35
ERBIL— Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday stated Iran has not closed its border entries with the Kurdistan Region, refuting an earlier statement by the spokesperson of the ministry. In a statement, the ministry said what has been published by t ...

Turkey to take all measures against KRG referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-25 09:22
Turkey will take "all measures" under international law if the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum being held on Monday generates threats to Turkey's national security, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. ...

Direct Flights Between Erbil and Urmia to Resume

BAS News - 2017-09-23 15:31
ERBIL — Iranian authorities have ensured that direct flights between Urmia and Erbil will soon be resumed after a temporary halt. Ahmed Montazemi, head of a provincial office for Iran’s Foreign Ministry in Urmia, confirmed the report and told Fars News A ...

Turkey summons German envoy over Kurdish rally in Cologne

Reuters - 2017-09-16 22:36
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey summoned the German ambassador to Ankara on Saturday over what it said was a Kurdish militant rally in Cologne, the foreign ministry said, in a further sign of strained relations between the NATO allies. ...

Turkish Ministry warns KRG of paying a price in case referendum held

Waar Media - 2017-09-14 15:43
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish warned Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of paying a price for insisting on holding an independence referendum on Sept. 25, in a foreign ministry statement on Thursday. The statement, which welcomed Iraqi parliament vote that reject ...

Iran dismisses final statement of Arab League summit

KurdPress - 2017-09-14 15:32
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman has rejected the final statement of the recent Arab League summit in Cairo and the anti-Iran allegations raised by Emirati and Kuwait representatives during the meeting. ...

Delegation of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in Moscow

KNC Geneva - 2017-09-08 23:58
At the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a delegation of the KNR in Syria under the leadership of President Ibrahim Biro traveled to Russia this week. On Thursday, 7 September 2017, the delegates met the Russian Deputy Foreign Ministe ...

Russia Emphasizes the Involvement of Kurds in Intra-Syria Talks

BAS News - 2017-09-08 15:33
ERBIL — Russian President's special envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, has reaffirmed the importance the presence of Syrian Kurds in the talks on peace settlement in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Bogdanov met ...

Iran warns Kirkuk over joining Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
TEHRAN,— Iran on Wednesday warned the Iraqi province of Kirkuk against taking part in next month’s Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, saying it is “wrong, provocative and unacceptable”. A statement from the foreign ministry described as “dangerous” ...

China rejects possibility of military intervention in North Korea

Waar Media - 2017-09-04 13:01
WAAR-DUHOK: Beijing is firmly committed to peaceful methods of resolving the situation on the Korean Peninsula and rejects any steps aimed at exerting military pressure on North Korea, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said at a briefing on ...

Kirkuk’s participation in KRG referendum dangerous move: Turkey

KurdPress - 2017-08-30 08:35
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has criticized a decision by the local administration of Kirkuk to participate in a planned referendum by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Sept. 25, saying it is a “serious breach” of the Iraqi constitution and a “da ...

Bahram Qassemi: Erdogan to visit Iran in near future

Waar Media - 2017-08-28 13:16
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman announced that the Turkish president’s visit to Tehran was under review and hoped the trip would take place as soon as possible. “During the recent visit to Turkey, Chief of Staff for Iranian Armed Force ...

France to Grant a €430 Million Loan to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-08-26 21:19
ERBIL — France will grant a €430million loan to the Iraqi government, whose economy has been weakened by low oil prices and the ongoing fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS), the French Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday. Jean-Yves Le Drian, ...

Turkish Foreign Minister Arrives in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-08-23 09:58
He is scheduled to visit Erbil as well ERBIL — The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday on an announced visit to discuss the issues on the agenda of the Turkey-Iraq relations. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs a ...

Tehran welcomes talks between Erbil, Baghdad: spokesman

KurdPress - 2017-08-16 12:30
Spokesman for Iranian Foreign Ministry, Bahram Ghasemi reiterated on August 15 that his country’s support for Iraq’s unity, saying Tehran welcomes recent dialogues held between Baghdad and Erbil to resolve internal pending issues. ...

Israel in talks with Egypt to reopen Cairo embassy

Waar Media - 2017-08-15 15:13
WAAR-DUHOK: An Israeli delegation held talks with Egyptian officials this week about reopening their Cairo embassy after eight months, local newspaper Haaretz reported Tuesday. The newspaper said Israeli intelligence and foreign ministry officials were a ...

Chinese military warns off US warship in South China Sea

Waar Media - 2017-08-11 11:44
WAAR-DUHOK: Beijing voiced displeasure on Friday after a US warship sailed near an artificial island in the disputed South China Sea, an operation that prompted the Chinese navy to warn off the American destroyer. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang s ...

EU office to be opened in Tehran : Spokesman

KurdPress - 2017-08-08 09:07
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday that opening the European Union office in Tehran is going through its routine procedure. ...

Switzerland warns its citizens to not travel to Turkey

Waar Media - 2017-07-28 18:15
WAAR-DUHOK: Switzerland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has updated their recommendation against travelling to Turkey. The related statement of the Ministry called attention to the ongoing State of Emergency in Turkey, and warned against obstructions and a ...

U.S. sanctions on Iran, Russia look illegal: France

KurdPress - 2017-07-27 08:33
France’s foreign ministry on Wednesday said new U.S. sanctions against Iran, Russia and North Korea appeared at odds with international law due to their extra-territorial reach. ...

US' anti-Iran meddlesome claims unacceptable: FM

KurdPress - 2017-07-23 08:02
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Saturday that the White House officials’ claims are unacceptable and clear example of interference in Iran’s internal affairs. ...

Russia Won’t Oppose Kurdistan’s Independence Vote: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-20 14:02
ERBIL — Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa in Russia's Foreign Ministry, Valerian Shuvaev, stated that his country does not oppose Kurdistan Region’s referendum on independence. Kurdistan’s bid for independence has been discussed during ...

Iranian FM leaves for New York

KurdPress - 2017-07-13 11:58
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Tehran for New York early Thursday morning, July 13, to partake in the United Nations' High-Level Political Forum 2017, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said. ...

US root cause of terrorism, extremism: Iran

KurdPress - 2017-07-12 09:49
Iranian Foreign Ministry official rejected US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ baseless and unconsidered remarks, adding that US policy of supporting Zionist regime’s state terrorist and also terrorism nurturing regimes is the root cause of terrorism and e ...

Iran ready to hold multi-layers talks with Turkey: official

KurdPress - 2017-07-08 13:41
Iran Deputy for Education and Research of Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a visit to Ankara on Friday Tehran is ready for multi-layer consultations with Turkey’s politicians and thinkers at different levels. ...

Iran condemns Damascus terrorist explosion

KurdPress - 2017-07-04 12:11
Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi on Monday denounced Sunday’s terrorist blast in Damascus, saying that whenever terrorists are in a weak position they resort to ‘blind revenges’. ...

Iran congratulates heavy defeat of IS in Mosul

KurdPress - 2017-07-02 07:30
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi congratulated heavy defeat of the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul and called for collective campaign to dry up the terrorist group’s intellectual roots and its sources of funding. ...

IS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Dead: Russia Foreign Ministry

BAS News - 2017-06-22 19:06
ERBIL— Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated on Thursday that it was “highly likely” that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS), was killed in Syria in May. Quoting information provided by the Russian Defense Ministry ...

Russia demands probe of US downing Syrian aircraft

Waar Media - 2017-06-22 11:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Russia wants the United States to investigate its downing of a Syrian military aircraft in Raqqa province over the weekend, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday. “We demand a thorough investigation by the US comm ...

Iran vows measures against new US sanctions

Waar Media - 2017-06-16 20:13
WAAR-DUHOK: Iran on Friday condemned new sanctions adopted by the US Senate and vowed to respond with “reciprocal and adequate measures”. Tehran “will take reciprocal and adequate measures to guarantee its national interests”, foreign ministry spokesman ...

Violators of human rights in South Kurdistan independence referendum interfere

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-06-11 20:47
According to a report by the Kurdistan Human Rights Association quoted by the official news agency of Iran, IRNA, Bahram Ghasemi, Foreign Ministry spokesman on Saturday 10 June 2017, said that “principled position” Islamic Republic of Iran, support for th ...

Iran on Kurdistan’s Referendum: Tehran Supports Iraq's Integrity

BAS News - 2017-06-10 18:57
ERBIL — The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday, that supporting Iraq's territorial integrity is among the Islamic Republic of Iran's principles and clear positions. The Iranian official further stressed that the Kurdist ...

Turkey says Kurdistan independence vote a ‘terrible mistake’

Waar Media - 2017-06-09 16:35
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Friday called the now-announced referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region, set to take place in September, a “terrible mistake.” “We deem the decision, despite our advice and warnings, by the KRI leaders ...

Kurdish independence referendum is ‘grave mistake,’ Turkey says

KurdPress - 2017-06-09 11:34
The Turkish Foreign Ministry on June 9 called a decision by the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to hold an independence referendum a “grave mistake," saying that Iraq's territorial integrity and political unity was a fundamental principle for Anka ...

Syria peace talks in Astana postponed: Kazakhstan foreign ministry

Waar Media - 2017-06-08 15:21
WAAR-DUHOK: Russia, Turkey and Iran have postponed a planned round of talks on Syria in Kazakhstan, which Moscow had proposed to hold on June 12-13, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. A spokesman for the ministry said it was unclear when the n ...

Qatar’s foreign minister plans to visit Moscow on June 10

Waar Media - 2017-06-08 15:21
WAAR-DUHOK: Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani plans to visit Moscow by the end of this week, a diplomatic source told press on Thursday. “The visit may take place already on Saturday, talks with the Russian Foreign Ministry’s lead ...

Astana talks on Syria may be held on June 12-13: official

KurdPress - 2017-06-06 11:45
Russian representatives have informed Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry about the plans to hold an international meeting on settling the Syrian crisis in Astana on June 12-13, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov told reporters on Monday. ...

Syria says US strikes damage no less than IS

KurdPress - 2017-06-06 11:45
Syria Foreign Ministry said in two separate letters to the UN and its Security Council that the damages inflicted on the Syrians’ lives by US air strikes are in no way less than those by the terrorist groups. ...

Astana meeting on Syria may be held on June 12-13

Waar Media - 2017-06-05 16:17
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian representatives have informed Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry about the plans to hold an international meeting on settling the Syrian crisis in Astana on June 12-13, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov told reporters on Monday. ...

Anti-Maduro protests rage as OAS meets on Venezuela crisis

Reuters - 2017-05-31 21:51
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan security forces used water cannons and teargas to disperse tens of thousands of opposition protesters heading toward the foreign ministry on Wednesday as the Organization of American States held another meeting on the crisis ...

Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Washington Kurdish protesters

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
ANKARA,— Turkey summoned the U.S ambassador on Monday to protest the treatment of Turkish security officials in the United States during a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan last week, the foreign ministry said. A brawl erupted between Kurdish protesters ...

Peace Talks on Syria Ongoing Between Iran, Turkey, Russia

BAS News - 2017-05-29 23:32
LEEDS — Iran said on Monday that peace talks are still ongoing with Turkey and Russia in order to maintain the ceasefire in Syria. The Spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Bahram Qassemi, said during a press conference in Tehran that the talks ...

Germany to decide about troop withdrawal from Turkey by mid-June

Waar Media - 2017-05-29 17:20
WAAR-DUHOK: Germany, whose relations with Turkey have been strained by a series of rows, will decide within two weeks whether to withdraw troops deployed at Turkey’s Incirlik air force base, a German Foreign Ministry official said on Sunday. Roughly 250 ...

Germany says to host Tuesday meeting on Ukraine crisis

Reuters - 2017-05-29 12:47
BERLIN (Reuters) - Deputy foreign ministers from Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia will meet in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss the Ukraine crisis in the Normandy group format, a German Foreign Ministry spokesman said. ...

Thailand reassures foreigners following Bangkok hospital attack

Reuters - 2017-05-23 07:21
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's foreign ministry on Tuesday reassured the international community that the country would increase security at sensitive locations a day after a bomb exploded at a hospital in the capital Bangkok wounding 24 people. ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 12, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
South Korea to relax travel restrictions to Iraq, citing business Erbil: South Korea will start to roll back its travel ban to Iraq amid a rise in business travel requests and the Iraqi forces’ gains in Mosul. The South Korean Foreign Ministry in Seoul a ...

Iran will never let any action be taken against Turkey: spokesman

KurdPress - 2017-05-16 11:29
Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday that Tehran hopes that there will be no need to construct wall or set barbed wires between Iran and Pakistan along borders and all witness peaceful coexistence with the neighboring states, IRNA repor ...

KRG Foreign Minister meets Catalan Director of Foreign Relations

KRG-Spain - 2017-05-13 00:02
Barcelona, Spain (dfr.gov.krd)– Minister Falah Mustafa met with Ms. Marina Falco, Director of Foreign Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Catalan Government to discuss establishing bilateral relation. During the meeting Minister Mustafa ga ...

Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over Kashmir firing death

Reuters - 2017-05-11 15:39
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan summoned India's deputy high commissioner on Thursday to condemn what it called "unprovoked" firing over the disputed Kashmir frontier that violated a 2003 ceasefire and killed one civilian, the foreign ministry said. ...

Lavrov to hold meeting with Tillerson in Washington on Wednesday

Waar Media - 2017-05-08 22:50
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington on Wednesday, May 10, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. “The talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are scheduled for M ...

KRG's Health Ministry Refuses Blood Donations by Foreign Nationals

BAS News - 2017-05-08 16:44
The instruction follows an order by Iraqi government ERBIL— To better protect the life and health of the people of the Kurdistan Region against transmissible diseases, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s Ministry of Health has prohibited blood donation ...

[In Pictures] Baghdad Hosts Marathon to Promote Peace

BAS News - 2017-05-06 17:25
ERBIL— Nearly 500 personnel from the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Saturday staged a marathon race in Baghdad, as a symbolic move to voice the Iraqi peoples' hopes for peace. The sports event, entitled Marathon against Violence, began from ...

Syrian government supports de-escalation zones: foreign ministry

Reuters - 2017-05-04 00:50
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government supports a Russian proposal to create four de-escalation zones intended to quell fighting in the country's six-year-old civil war, Syrian state media reported the foreign ministry as having said on Wednesday. ...
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