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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. ...

KRG responses Iran over Independent Referendum, It’s Internal Issue

Waar Media - 2017-05-03 16:31
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations responded to comments made by the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson on the Kurdistan Region’s intent to hold an independence referendum. On Tuesday, the KRG’s Depar ...

Iran officially opposes Kurdistan Independence Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-05-02 15:19
WAAR-DUHOK: The Islamic Republic of Iran officially opposed any referendum on Kurdistan Region’s independence from Iraq, saying the unity of the country must be preserved. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Qase ...

UN envoy taking part in Astana expert meeting on Syria

Waar Media - 2017-05-02 15:19
WAAR-DUHOK: United Nations Mine Action Service Director Agnes Marcaillou is participating in the Astana meeting involving military experts from the guarantor countries of the Syrian ceasefire, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service said in a stateme ...

Iran Stands Against Kurdistan Independence: Official

BAS News - 2017-05-01 22:50
Kurds need to preserve the unity of Iraq, foreign ministry says TEHRAN — The Islamic Republic of Iran officially opposed any referendum on Kurdistan Region’s independence from Iraq, saying the unity of the country must be preserved. Speaking to reporters ...

Russia Asks US Share Information on IS Chemical Attacks Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-04-30 04:24
LEEDS — Russia called on the United States to share information on alleged chemical weapons used by Islamic State (IS) in Iraqi Kurdistan, Russian Foreign Ministry announced in statement on Saturday. According to a statement by Russian Foreign Ministry, ...

Iran denounces Turkish air raid in Shingal

KurdPress - 2017-04-27 11:49
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has censured Turkey’s air raid in northern Iraq, saying any violation of countries’ national sovereignty will lead to instability in the region. ...

Iran-Turkey terrorism campaign necessary: official

KurdPress - 2017-04-26 09:30
Deputy General Director of Foreign Ministry's Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) has described the Iran-Turkey cooperation in combating terrorism and extremism as 'necessary'. ...

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry denounces Turkish airstrikes on Sinjar

Waar Media - 2017-04-25 17:36
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraq’s Foreign Ministry denounced the airstrikes on Sinjar as a “violation against Iraq’s sovereignty” and called on the international community to put an end to such “interferences” by Turkey. “Any operation that is carried out by Turkish go ...

IS in Possession of Chemical Weapons Taken from Iraq and Libya: Russia

BAS News - 2017-04-25 00:48
SOFIA — The Islamic State (IS) in Syria has the capabilities to produce chemical warfare agents, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's non-profileration and arms control department, Mikhail Ulyanov, said at a news conference on Monday. According ...

Iran denounces Paris terrorist attack

KurdPress - 2017-04-22 14:01
Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi on Friday denounced Thursday night’s terrorist attack in Paris and expressed sympathy with families of the perished people of the bitter event. ...

Russia complains to U.S. over exclusion from Syria chemical probe

Reuters - 2017-04-22 02:32
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has told the United States it regrets Washington's opposition to letting its inspectors take part in an investigation into a chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month, the foreign ministry said on Friday. ...

Iraq to Summon Turkish Ambassador over Erdogan's Comments Against Hashd

BAS News - 2017-04-20 19:38
ERBIL— Iraqi Foreign Ministry will summon Turkish ambassador to Baghdad to hand over a letter of protest against the recent remarks by Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan against the Shi'ite Popular Mobilization or Hashd al-Shaabi Forces. The letter i ...

China and Iran agree on “commercial” nuclear deal

Waar Media - 2017-04-20 14:33
WAAR-DUHOK: Companies from China and Iran will this weekend sign the first commercial contracts to redesign an Iranian nuclear plant as part of an international deal reached in 2015 over Iran’s nuclear program, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. ...

Iran condemns terrorists’ appalling crime in Syria

KurdPress - 2017-04-16 12:09
Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi denounced terrorists’ appalling crime in Syria and expressed sympathy with families of the martyrs of the bitter event, IRNA reported. ...

Moscow suspends US-Russia memorandum on flights safety in Syria

Waar Media - 2017-04-07 11:49
WAAR-DUHOK: Russia suspends the Memorandum on preventing incidents and ensuring flights safety during operations in Syria earlier signed with the United States in the wake of the US strike on the Syrian airbase, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on F ...

Iran warns raising Kurdish flag in Iraq’s Kirkuk will increase tensions

E-Kurd - 2017-04-07 09:04
TEHRAN,— Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday Iran supports Iraq’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty, according to Fars News Agency. “Hoisting any flag except Iraq’s national flag in Kirkuk in Northern Iraq is con ...

Spokesman rejects British PM's anti-Iran allegations

KurdPress - 2017-04-06 12:10
Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said that arms sales to the aggressors who kill innocent people in the region, especially in the ongoing unequal war in Yemen, is not consistent with the claims recently made by British Prime Minister Theresa ...

Turkey summons Swiss envoy over Kurdish rally in Bern

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
ANKARA,— Turkey’s Foreign Ministry summoned Saturday Swiss counsellor in Ankara over Kurdish PKK sympathizers’ rally targeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Bern. A Turkish official told Anadolu Agency said that the Turkish Foreign Ministry p ...

The Iranian People Are Making Fun Of Their Government

Roji Kurd - 2017-04-01 00:04
Iranian officials lived in a fantasy few days ago, and they even turned into a joke after the Iranian government announced by its Foreign Ministry for imposing sanctions on 15 US companies, mostly military industries’ ones. Many Iranians ridiculed Rouhani ...

KRG's Ministry of Health Calls for Medical Aid

BAS News - 2017-03-29 18:00
KRG's head of Foreign Relations met with foreign diplomats in Erbil ERBIL — Due to the increasing number of IDPs settled in the Kurdistan Region and the casualties being transferred to the region, hospitals are running out of medical supplies and the Kur ...

PKK Kidnaps Swedish Peshmerga Volunteer near Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-03-27 21:58
Swedish Foreign Ministry has confirmed ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) affiliates around the Yezidi town of Sinjar kidnapped a Swedish national who had joined the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces to fight the Islamic State (IS). 51-year-old Swe ...

Turkish claims on Iran are baseless: Foreign Ministry spokesman

KurdPress - 2017-03-27 14:05
The Iranian Foreign Ministry on March 26 called recent remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as “baseless and meddlesome,” stating that Ankara is playing a blame game to justify its expansionist polices, Hurriyet daily reported. ...

Turkey protests Switzerland over ‘kill Erdogan’ poster

Waar Media - 2017-03-26 18:57
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has made a statement condemning Switzerland after a “kill Erdogan” banner was unfurled at a demonstration in Swiss capital Bern on Saturday. The banner, showing Erdogan with a gun pointing at his head read, “kill Erd ...

Turkey summons Swiss envoy over rally it says supported terrorism

Reuters - 2017-03-25 21:02
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign ministry summoned Switzerland's charge d'affairs in Ankara on Saturday to complain about a protest in Bern that it said supported terrorism and included a poster calling for the assassination of President Tayyip Erdog ...

Turkey criticizes Iraqi Kurds for raising Kurdish flag in Kirkuk

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
ANKARA,— Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement on Sunday evening, criticizing Kirkuk government’s decision to use Iraqi Kurdistan’s flag in official business, Anadolu Agency reported. The statement, which was released as an answer to a questio ...

FM spokesman brushes off Saudi anti-Iran claims

KurdPress - 2017-03-18 11:19
During the past turbulent years, Saudi Arabia, as a regional player, did not offer the least contribution to restoration of peace and stability in the region, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Friday. ...

Syrian opposition to meet Russia, Iran and Turkey on March 16

Waar Media - 2017-03-15 12:42
WAAR-DUHOK: The Syrian armed opposition will hold a meeting with experts from the countries that act as the guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire (Russia, Iran and Turkey), Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Anuar Zhainakov, said on Wednesday. “As for ...

Turkey army should leave Syria: Damascus

KurdPress - 2017-03-14 10:58
Syrian foreign Ministry has told the UN Security Council and its secretary general that Turkish forces end their occupation of Syrian soil. ...

Lavrov, Cavusoglu discuss preparations for Syria meeting in Astana

Waar Media - 2017-03-13 14:43
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian and Turkish Foreign Ministers, Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu, discussed over the phone on Monday preparations for a meeting on Syria in Astana and the implementation of the ceasefire agreements, the Russian Foreign Ministry repor ...

Injudicious US policies root cause of Mideast tensions: Iran

KurdPress - 2017-03-12 08:32
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has dismissed the “spiteful” anti-Iran remarks by the head of the US Central Command, saying Washington’s “injudicious and incorrect” policies are the root cause of tensions in the Middle East. ...
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