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Barzani: Kurdistan Referendum Meant for Independence

BAS News - 2017-08-10 18:04
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated on Thursday that Baghdad's failure in instituting partnership and consensus led the Kurdistan Region plan its independence referendum. As he hosted a delegation from the Kurdish Communities' Federat ...

Barzani: Chief Aim of Referendum Is Independence

BAS News - 2017-08-10 12:57
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stressed that the chief aim behind holding the September vote is “independence.” In an interview with the Egyptian Ahram Paper, Barzani said the people of Kurdistan Region will determine their future thro ...

Kurdistan Region would not postpone referendum: Barzani

KurdPress - 2017-08-10 10:07
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said in a meeting with the region’s Muslim clerics on Wednesday, August 9, that the region cannot and will not postpone a planned referendum if those who asked to postpone it don’t have a stronger alternative. ...

Barzani says independent Kurdistan to be multi-ethnic, multi-religious

Aranews - 2017-08-10 04:47
ARA News The Kurdish President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday said that those who asked to postpone the referendum on Kurdistan’s independence “must show an alternative”, in response to a new movement against the referendum launched by NRT owner Shaswar Abd ...

Barzani: We will not delay Kurdistan Independence Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-08-09 14:51
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan referendum is for independence and will not be postponed, said Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani in a gathering on Wednesday with Islamic scholars. “We do not mock our nation and will not delay the [referendum],” said Barzani in a ...

Barzani: Baghdad Violated 55 Constitutional Articles

BAS News - 2017-08-09 14:29
President Barzani reiterates the referendum will not be postponed ERBIL— The President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani on Wednesday stated the independence referendum of Kurdistan will take place on time as it is the choice of the people of Kurdis ...

Barzani: Causes of Rise of IS in Iraq Must Be Uprooted

BAS News - 2017-08-09 11:54
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said that after defeating the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, the Iraqi government needs to deal with the factors that led to the emergence and growth of the organization. “We should not only deal with the o ...

Barzani: Decision of Holding Referendum “Cannot Be Reversed”

BAS News - 2017-08-09 10:49
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani reiterated that the independence referendum is a “peaceful process” and it’s purpose is to prevent new wars and disasters. “The decision of [holding] the referendum and the move towards independence is a ...

Barzani to Brazilian Diplomat: Coexistence Kurds' Culture

BAS News - 2017-08-08 17:22
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated on Tuesday that coexistence and pluralism is highly valued by Kurds as part of their culture. Barzani's remark came in response to praising comments by the ambassador of Brazil to Iraq Miguel Junior ...

Barzani: Kurds Seeking Their Rights Through Peaceful Means

BAS News - 2017-08-08 15:46
ERBIL — The People of Kurdistan are committed to gain their rights through peaceful means and far from violence, reiterated Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. As a future independent state, Kurdistan also seeks friendly relations with Baghdad and ...

Referendum Committee Approves Formation of Delegation to Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-08-07 17:19
ERBIL— The Kurdistan Region's High Committee of Referendum approved on Monday the creation of a negotiating delegation to Baghdad. In its third meeting in Erbil, chaired by Kurdistan Region's President Masoud Barzani, the committee also decided on the ag ...

Barzani: Genocide Not Power Was the Share of Components in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-08-06 18:45
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated on Sunday that in the state of Iraq power sharing has rendered meaningless as the share of the religious and ethnic components has always been genocide, annihilation and extermination. In a statemen ...

Kurdistan Presidency denies recent phone calls between Barzani, Tillerson

Waar Media - 2017-08-06 17:14
WAAR-DUHOK: In a statement on Saturday, the spokesman of the Kurdistan Region Presidency (KRP) Omid Sabah denied any phone call had recently taken place between the President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani and the US Secretary of State Rex Tiller ...

Spokesperson denies Barzani, Tillerson talked on phone

KurdPress - 2017-08-06 11:23
The Kurdistan Region’s Presidency (KRP), Umed Sabah, said that there has been no phone call between Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. ...

Barzani: Chris Kutschera Shall Be Remembered By Kurds for Ever

BAS News - 2017-08-05 15:16
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has made an official statement to send his condolences to the family and friends of Chris Kutschera, the well-known French journalist and photographer. “He was a great friend of Kurdistan who introduced t ...

No Phone Conversation Held Between Barzani, US Secretary of State: KRP

BAS News - 2017-08-05 13:37
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have not held a phone conversation in the past few days, said a spokesperson for the Kurdistan Region Presidency on Saturday. The statement is in response to severa ...

U.S. foreign minister phones Barzani and Abadi

KurdPress - 2017-08-05 11:10
The U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has phoned Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in two separate days, the U.S. special envoy to the anti-IS coalition Brett McGurk stated. ...

Barzani: Independence Referendum Irreversible Decision

BAS News - 2017-08-03 17:21
Barzani met with Norwegian ambassador to Iraq ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani reiterated that there will be no turning back on Kurdistan’s independence referendum, emphasizing that the decision is irreversible. Barzani received on Thurs ...

Barzani: Referendum Poses No Threat Against Neighboring Countries

BAS News - 2017-08-03 17:21
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated Thursday that Kurds have proved they are a factor for the stability in the region and the neighboring countries should not have concerns over Kurdistan's independence vote. Barzani made the remarks ...

Masoud Barzani to visit Baghdad next week

KurdPress - 2017-08-03 11:22
Kurdistan Region’s President Masoud Barzani will accompany a leading delegation in a visit to Baghdad next week, his advisor Himen Hewrami told AIN al-Iraq News. ...

Barzani Did Not Send Threatening Letter to Abadi: Statement

BAS News - 2017-08-02 16:34
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region Presidency on Wednesday refuted a report which alleged Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani has sent a threatening letter to the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. The statement was issued to refute the report by the Saudi Arabia ...

Barzani Reassures Christians about Their Rights in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-08-01 21:11
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region's President Masoud Barzani stated Tuesday that protecting the rights of Christians is a stable principle of the political and social life in Kurdistan. President Barzani reassured Christians in Kurdistan about the protection of th ...

Barzani Approves Coalition’s Plan for Reorganizing Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-08-01 10:57
Peshmerga ministry will soon proceed to enforce the plan ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani approved the plan which was proposed by the International Coalition members for restructuring the Kurdish Peshmerga Forces. Brigadier General Hazha ...

Barzani denies Kurdish independence is a ‘trump card’ against Iraq

KurdPress - 2017-08-01 09:01
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani encouraged the people of the autonomous region in the north of Iraq to exercise their unity as they approach a vote on independence while speaking a ceremony on Monday to mark the 34th anniversary of the Barzanis' ...

Barzani seeking to pressure Baghdad through referendum: deputy

KurdPress - 2017-07-31 15:09
An Iraqi parliament deputy from the National Coalition Alliance stated that Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani’s plan to hold the referendum of independence is an attempt to pressure Baghdad for achieving more privileges. ...

Kurdistan Region hopes to reactivate parliament in two weeks

KurdPress - 2017-07-31 10:20
Senior assistant to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, Hemin Hawrami, said on Sunday that the region hopes that the parliament will meet again on August 15, and that all preparations for holding a Kurdish independence referendum on 25 September wi ...

Iraqi Kurds hope to reactivate parliament within two weeks

Aranews - 2017-07-31 05:28
ARA News Senior assistant to President Masoud Barzani, Hemin Hawrami, on Sunday said that they hope that the Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) parliament will meet again on August 15, and that all preparations for holding a Kurdish independence referen ...

Barzani and US Ambassador Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-07-28 00:52
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzni received US Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman, on Thursday to discuss bilateral ties and latest developments in the region. According to a press release by Barzani’s office, the pair exchanged views on ...

Barzani Congratulates New Gorran Leader on His Election

Waar Media - 2017-07-26 18:48
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday congratulated Omar Sayid Ali for being elected as the General Coordinator of the Change Movement (Gorran). Barzani, also the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), congratulated Al ...

Independence Better Formula for Erbil-Baghdad Relations: Senior Official

BAS News - 2017-07-26 12:30
Hemin Hawrami says an independent Kurdistan can deepen the Erbil-Baghdad relations ERBIL — Hemin Hawrami, senior assistant to the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said that the upcoming independence referendum “is not an opinion poll, but a bind ...

Barzani Congratulates New Gorran Leader on His Election

BAS News - 2017-07-25 17:14
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday congratulated Omar Sayid Ali for being elected as the General Coordinator of the Change Movement (Gorran). Barzani, also the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), congratulated Ali in ...

Kurdistan to Hold Parliamentary, Presidential Elections on November 1st

Waar Media - 2017-07-20 13:31
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Presidency has set Wednesday, November 1st as the date for holding parliamentary and presidential elections. Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani signed a decree on Wednesday according to which the parliamentary and pres ...

Barzani Slams Baghdad's Anti-Referendum Stances

BAS News - 2017-07-19 17:16
Kurdistan President states people of Kurdistan do not tolerate threats and denial anymore ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday issued a statement, accusing the successive Iraqi government of violating the constitution and reaffir ...

Kurdistan to Hold Parliamentary, Presidential Elections on November 1st

BAS News - 2017-07-19 17:16
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Presidency has set Wednesday, November 1st as the date for holding parliamentary and presidential elections. Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani signed a decree on Wednesday according to which the parliamentary and presiden ...

Barzani Shows Map of Kurdistan in Europe Ahead of Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-07-19 16:47
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, as appears in a photograph, has shown a genuine map of Kurdistan to an European delegation ahead of a referendum on independence in September this year. The picture is said to have been taken recentl ...

Iran advised Kurdish leaders against referendum: FM

KurdPress - 2017-07-19 08:14
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said they have advised leaders in Kurdistan Region, including President Masoud Barzani, that they should not make the choice to hold a referendum in the region, Reuters reported. ...

Barzani Shows Genuine Map of Kurdistan in Europe Ahead of Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-18 23:26
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, as appears in a photograph, has shown a genuine map of Kurdistan to a European delegation ahead of a referendum on independence in September this year. The picture is said to be taken recently during Bar ...

More Troops to Be Deployed for Securing Kurdistan Borders: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-16 14:38
KIRKUK — A Kurdish lawmaker stated on Sunday that Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has ordered reinforcement of border security forces and a plan to deploy more troops on border areas is underway. Shakhawan Abdullah, a Kurdish member of the Iraq ...

Barzani May Offer New Initiative to Settle Political Crisis: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-15 19:29
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani may offer a new initiative to resolve the political crisis in the Kurdistan Region, said a member of the Kurdistan Referendum Committee. Sadq Jabari told BasNews on Saturday that as the referendum is an im ...

Erdogan questions Justice Minister for releasing veteran Kurdish mayor

Kurdistan24 - 2017-07-14 20:40
Veteran Kurdish politician Ahmet Turk (r) welcomes the then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir ahead of ceremonies for a visit by the President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani, November 16, 2013. (Photo: D ...

KDP and Gorran to Meet after Barzani's Return from Europe: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-13 16:05
ERBIL— Face-to-face talks between two major parties of the Kurdistan Region which are divided over referendum will take place after Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani returns from Europe, said a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leadership c ...

Flemish PM Says They Support Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-11 17:15
BRUSSELS — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, along with his accompanying delegation, met on Tuesday with Geert Bourgeois, the Minister-President of Flanders and Flemish Minister for Foreign Policy in Brussels for discussions over Kurdistan Regio ...

Belgian Deputy PM: Every nation has the right to organize its future

Waar Media - 2017-07-11 14:30
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region delegation, led by President Masoud Barzani, met with a Belgian delegation, consisting of Jan Jambon, Deputy Prime Minister, Steven Vandeput, Defense Minister and Theo Francken, Immigration Minister, in Brussels on Tuesday to ...

Kurdistan People Have the Right to Self-Determination: Belgian Deputy PM

BAS News - 2017-07-11 13:45
BRUSSELS — Kurdistan Region delegation, led by President Masoud Barzani, met with a Belgian delegation, consisting of Jan Jambon, Deputy Prime Minister, Steven Vandeput, Defense Minister and Theo Francken, Immigration Minister, in Brussels on Tuesday to ...

Barzani does not believe in independence, PUK official tells Kurdpress

KurdPress - 2017-07-11 09:49
A member of the central Council of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) blamed Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani’s visit to Brussels, Belgium, and called it an attempt to cover his illegal presidency in the region not an attempt to declare indep ...

Barzani to Address Kurdistan Independence in EU Parliament

BAS News - 2017-07-10 15:37
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani will deliver a speech over the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region and the latest political in Iraq and the region in the European Union's Parliament. Barzani, heading a high delegation, set of ...

Barzani Congratulates Iraqi PM on Victory over IS in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-10 14:59
The two leaders talked on the phone on Monday ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani congratulated the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on the occasion of the liberation of the city of Mosul. In a phone call on Monday, Barzani congratulate ...

Barzani Visits Brussels for Talks with EU on Independence

BAS News - 2017-07-10 14:12
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, heading a high delegation, set off on an official trip to Europe on Monday to hold talks with European officials over the independence of Kurdistan Region and the forthcoming referendum. Barzani is leadi ...

Barzani, McGurk discuss independence, Mosul operation in meeting

KurdPress - 2017-07-10 13:41
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received on Sunday a US delegation headed by Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition against Islamic State (IS) in Erbil where the two sides discussed issues including the upcoming ref ...

Barzani and McGurk discussed Kurdistan independence referendum

Waar Media - 2017-07-09 17:53
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received on Sunday a US delegation headed by Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition against Islamic State (IS). Barzani and McGurk discussed a number of pressing issues i ...

Barzani heads high-level delegation, discuss referendum in Brussels

Waar Media - 2017-07-09 14:37
WAAR-DUHOK: The President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani will soon travel to Brussels to discuss the Kurdistan Region’s referendum on independence with European countries, said a Kurdish official on Saturday. President Barzani met with the Refere ...

Barzani Heads to Brussels on Sunday: Source

BAS News - 2017-07-08 20:14
ERBIL— To shore up support for the imminent independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani will head to Brussels on Sunday, according to an informed source. The source, who was not authorized to talk to media, ...

Barzani to Discuss Referendum with European Leaders in Brussels

BAS News - 2017-07-08 16:55
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani will discuss with the European leaders Kurdistan independence referendum, stated a senior assistant to Barzani. Hemin Hawrami posted on his Twitter account on Saturday that President Barzani at the head of ...

Barzani to Convene Kurdistan Referendum Committee

BAS News - 2017-07-08 10:34
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani will convene the referendum committee on Saturday to discuss the preparations for the forthcoming referendum set to happen on September 25 this year. The referendum committee encompasses representatives o ...

Kurds look forward to celebrating their Independence Day: Kurdistan FM

Kurdistan24 - 2017-07-07 16:12
On Thursday, the US diplomats celebrated the 4th of July, American Independence Day in Erbil with the participation of the top Kurdish senior officials, including the President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani and the Chancellor of the Kurdistan Reg ...

Barzani: Kurdish People Do Not Want to Be Dependent Anymore

BAS News - 2017-07-06 19:21
President Barzani received members of Delegations for Dialogue ERBIL— The peoples of Kurdistan refuse to be subordinate and depended on an Iraq whose successive governments violated the power-sharing principle, said Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barz ...

President Barzani says no turning back on independence bid

Waar Media - 2017-07-06 17:58
WAAR-DUHOK: The President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, on Thursday said there was “no turning back” on the decision to hold the long-await referendum on Kurdish independence, but that he would “pursue it through dialogue with Baghdad” to avoi ...

Barzani: “We Have Proved That We Are Factors of Stability”

BAS News - 2017-07-06 17:53
Postponing independence will lead to greater instability in the region, Barzani says ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said on Thursday that they would not turn back on the move towards independence, but they would pursue it through dialo ...

Barzani: No Turning Back on Bid to Gain Independence

BAS News - 2017-07-06 17:00
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said on Thursday that they would not turn back on the move towards independence, but they would pursue it through dialogue with Baghdad and regional powers to avoid conflict. Barzani told Reuters in an in ...

Sadr urges Kurdistan to call off independence referendum

KurdPress - 2017-07-05 08:33
Iraq's opposition leader and influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has urged Kurdistan's President Masoud Barzani to call off September's referendum to determine whether the Kurdish region should split from Iraq. ...

Arab Diplomats Ask Barzani to Enlighten Them over Future of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-04 15:58
ERBIL— The consul generals of seven Arab and North African countries asked Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani to give them greater understanding over the situation in Mosul and the future of the war-ravaged Iraqi city, according to a report on Kur ...

Barzani: No Ground Should Be Given to IS Resurrection

BAS News - 2017-07-03 18:28
Barzani and US Ambassador Discuss Violations against Mosul Operation Agreements ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas A. Silliman deliberated over the concerns sourcing from the infringements on the agreements ...

Barzani: Kurdistan Region Seeking Independence Through Peaceful Means

BAS News - 2017-07-02 18:28
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received on Sunday the Dutch Ambassador to Iraq Jan Valtmans and his accompanying delegation. During the meeting, a range of topics were discussed, including bilateral relations between Kurdistan Region a ...

Barzani Receives UK's New Consul General

BAS News - 2017-07-02 17:21
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Sunday received Martyn Warr, the new UK consul general to Erbil and congratulated him on his new position. In the meeting, the UK diplomat commended Barzani for his role in the struggle of Kurdish peopl ...

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Path to Independence / David L. Phillips

KurdPress - 2017-07-02 07:30
Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), announced a referendum on Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence for September 25, 2017. The referendum will be held in all territory controlled by the KRG, as well as historically Kurdish land ...

Barzani: The time has come for Kurdistan to make its choice on independence

Waar Media - 2017-06-29 11:39
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region president Masoud Barzani stated that Kurdistan Region exercises its right for independence through the referendum in September, asking the international community respect the “democratic decision of Kurdistan’s people.” In an ...

Barzani: Time to End Forced Inclusion of Kurds in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-06-28 16:48
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region president Masoud Barzani stated that Kurdistan Region exercises its right for independence through the referendum in September, asking the international community respect the "democratic decision of Kurdistan's people." In an arti ...

Masoud Barzani: the Kurdish Churchill

BAS News - 2017-06-26 23:16
David Adamson, a British journalist meeting Mulla Mustafa Barzani in the Kurdish mountains in the winter of 1963, described him laudably as “a tough, obstinate warrior and leader”. When asked did he regard himself as “the leader of the revolution [agains ...

Turkish ruling party unfavorable to Kurdish statehood

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:22
The President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Masoud Barzani (left) with the Turkish Prime Minister and AKP leader Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara, Turkey, December 09, 2015. (Reuters) ...
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