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Barzani’s Message on Eid al-Fitr

BAS News - 2017-06-24 20:12
LODZ — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has issued a message to mark al-Fitr Eid, wishing the event to be the end of hardship for the people of Kurdistan. After a month of fasting, the majority of Muslims across the globe will celebrate al-Fitr ...

Barzani Reassures Arabs in Nineveh Plains of Their Rights

BAS News - 2017-06-24 12:01
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani assured the Arab tribes of Nineveh Plains that their rights will be preserved within the future sovereign state of Kurdistan and that they will have the same rights as any other citizens of the new state. ...

Barzani to EU leaders: Do not oppose natural rights of Kurds

Waar Media - 2017-06-23 11:57
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Region President and a delegation of political parties met with the representatives of European Union in Iraq to discuss the process of holding the independence referendum. On Thursday, Masoud Barzani Kurdistan Region President ...

Barzani: No Turning Back on Independence Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-06-22 11:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani reiterated on Wednesday that the independence referendum of his region will take place on time in September as planned, and that there is no turning back on this issue. In an interview with FRANCE 24, ...

Barzani addresses Arab tribal figures about Kurdistan Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-06-22 11:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani gave a seminar in Erbil on Wednesday to address the Arab tribal figures and personalities from Nineveh province and Makhmour city about the latest political developments and the situation of Mosul as ...

Barzani: No Turning Back on Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-21 23:54
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani reiterated on Wednesday that the independence referendum of his region will take place on time in September as planned, and that there is no turning back on this issue. In an interview with FRANCE 24, the ...

Barzani's Aide: Iraq Failed Federalism and Power-Sharing

BAS News - 2017-06-21 18:37
Hwarami said Kurdistan referendum will not affect Iraq's international borders ERBIL— The chief for political and public relations at Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani's office stated in Ankara that the plan for the independence referendum of Kur ...

Barzani Addresses Personalities from Nineveh Province

BAS News - 2017-06-21 17:33
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani gave a seminar in Erbil on Wednesday to address the Arab tribal figures and personalities from Nineveh province and Makhmour city about the latest political developments and the situation of Mosul as well ...

Barzani and UN SG Envoy for Iraq Discuss Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-20 16:25
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday met with Jan Kubiš, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq. During the meeting, Barzani and the UN official discussed a range of topics, particularly the fo ...

Kurdistan President's Aide: Kurdistan Firm to Run Referendum on Time

BAS News - 2017-06-19 20:07
ERBIL- Hemin Hawrami, the senior assistant to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, reiterated on Monday that Kurdistan holds a firm position over running its independence referendum as it has been planned. Hawrami, who is also responsible for polit ...

Kurdistan’s Barzani: Amicable Divorce from Iraq is the Only Solution

Waar Media - 2017-06-16 18:29
WAAR-DUHOK: An amicable divorce from the federal government of Iraq is the “only solution” to Iraq’s woes and wider regional instability, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said during his recent interview with the Foreign Policy. “A long time ago ...

Barzani: Amicable Divorce from Iraq “the Only Solution”

BAS News - 2017-06-16 02:25
LODZ — An amicable divorce from the federal government of Iraq is the “only solution” to Iraq’s woes and wider regional instability, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said during his recent interview with the Foreign Policy. “A long time ago I re ...

Barzani: Kurdistan Region Willing to Build Best Relations with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-06-15 16:05
Barzani and British ambassador to Iraq met in Erbil on Thursday ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received on Thursday a British military and diplomatic delegation headed by Frank Baker, the British Ambassador to Iraq. During the meeting, ...

Over 3,500 Shabak Youth Join Peshmerga Ranks

BAS News - 2017-06-11 16:09
ERBIL— Upon a call by Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, thousands from the Kurdish Shabak minority have joined Peshmerga forces. The page of Shabak Kurds on Twitter posted on Sunday that 3,505 young men from the minority group have registered wi ...

Barzani: Referendum a Historic and Determined Decision

BAS News - 2017-06-10 17:44
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said the independence referendum, which is a historic decision, has already been determined. On June 10th, Barzani held a meeting with the political parties that are not represented in the parliament for ...

Barzani: Kurdistan Referendum Plan Decisive Resolution

BAS News - 2017-06-10 16:52
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated on Saturday that the decision for running Kurdistan independence referendum in September is a historical matter, which has already been determined. President Barzani made the remark as he convened t ...

Abadi, Barzani discuss developments in Iraq on phone

KurdPress - 2017-06-10 11:57
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi and Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani discussed the latest political, security and economic situation in Iraq as well as the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, northern Iraq. ...

Iraq’s PM Abadi and Barzani Discuss Situation in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-06-10 10:47
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi and Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani discussed the latest political, security and economic situation in Iraq. In a phone call on Saturday, Barzani and Abadi discussed the overall political, security and ...

Barzani Sends Referendum Question to Electoral Commission

BAS News - 2017-06-09 15:14
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Presidency (KRP) stated that Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has sent an order on June 8th to Kurdistan Region's Independent High Commission of Elections and Referendum to officially request the commission to organise t ...

Barzani: Kurds Willing to Achieve Their Rights Through Peace

BAS News - 2017-06-08 18:26
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani described the meeting on June 7 in which the parties set the date for referendum on Kurdistan Region independence as “historic and important.” Barzani released a handwritten statement on his official Face ...

Masoud Barzani condemns Tehran terrorist attacks

KurdPress - 2017-06-08 09:19
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani condemned on Wednesday, June 7, the terrorist attacks in Tehran at Iran’s Parliament and Imam Khomeini’s Mausoleum which killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 40 others. ...

Barzani Content with Decision over Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-07 21:20
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday expressed his pleasure with setting the date for holding the referendum on independence of Kurdistan from Iraq. Barzani wrote on his Twitter account "I am pleased to announce that the date for ...

Kurdistan Region to hold independence referendum on September 25, 2017

Waar Media - 2017-06-07 21:18
WAAR-DUHOK: In a meeting on Wednesday chaired by the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, the political parties in Kurdistan decided to hold an independence referendum on Sep. 25, 2017. Also WAAR’s reporter Arshad Shwani said that parties agreed on ...

Barzani Orders Electoral Commission to Set Referendum Date

BAS News - 2017-06-07 19:15
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday demanded Kurdistan Region's Independent High Commission of Elections and Referendum to officially set the dates for running the upcoming polls and the referendum of independence. The demand wa ...

Kurdistan Sets Date for Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-07 17:47
LODZ — In a multilateral meeting chaired by Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in Erbil, the participants set September 25th of this year as the date to hold the referendum on Kurdistan’s independence. The sides also decided to hold presidential a ...

President Barzani strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Tehran

Waar Media - 2017-06-07 15:58
WAAR-DUHOK: In a statement on Wednesday, President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani condemned the “terrorist” attacks in Tehran. Barzani expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, the government, and the people of Iran. “Terror is th ...

Barzani Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Tehran

BAS News - 2017-06-07 14:57
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has condemned the terrorist attacks which took place earlier today in Tehran, the capital of Iran. “I strongly condemn Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in Tehran and I send my condolences to the people and g ...

Gorran Refuses to Attend Multilateral Meeting on Independence

BAS News - 2017-06-06 21:21
ERBIL — The Change (Gorran) Movement has announced that it will not participate in a multilateral meeting on independence referendum, an official confirmed. BasNews previously reported that Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has called on the Kurd ...

Barzani Restates Need to Dry out Extremism Resources

BAS News - 2017-06-06 20:09
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani reiterated on Tuesday that the resources of extremism ideology have to be dried off. President Barzani made the remark as he received a senior delegation form the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in his ...

Barzani: Factors that Led to Rise of IS Are About to Re-emerge

BAS News - 2017-06-06 16:03
Barzani met with US military officials in Erbil ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met on Monday with the US Central Command chief General Joseph Votel and his accompanying delegation, including Stephen J. Townsend, the commander of Combin ...

Barzani Sends Condolences to Britain Over Saturday’s Terrorist Attack

BAS News - 2017-06-04 14:37
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani’s condolences were conveyed to the British Consulate in Erbil over the last night’s terror attack in London which resulted in deaths and injuries of dozens of civilians. In a phone call on Sunday, the Chi ...

US Secretary of State Ensures Barzani of Continued Support

BAS News - 2017-05-31 22:35
ERBIL — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday ensured Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani of his country’s continued support for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces who have been playing a crucial role in the war against Islamic State (IS), Bar ...

KRP Responds to Maliki's Threats, Undervalues Them as Propaganda

BAS News - 2017-05-30 18:09
Iraqi VP Maliki proposed to use force against the Kurdistan Region to abort referendum efforts ERBIL— Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki's statements and threats against the Kurdistan Region and its President Masoud Barzani are "inappropriate," and hav ...

Nouri Al-Maliki Strongly Opposes Kurdistan Region Independence

BAS News - 2017-05-30 16:54
He attacked Kurdistan Region President and threatened to use force ERBIL — Iraqi Former Premier Nouri al-Maliki firmly opposes Kurdistan Region independence and attacked Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in his interview with Beirut-based al-Akhb ...

France Will Continue to Support Peshmerga: French Envoy to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-29 14:37
Barzani received in a farewell visit the French Ambassador to Iraq ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received on Monday in a farewell visit, the French Ambassador to Iraq, Marc Barety, accompanied by Dominique Mas, the Consul General in E ...

Barzani Offers Condolences to Egypt on Friday’s Terrorist Attack

BAS News - 2017-05-28 00:08
LODZ — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani’s envoy on Saturday visited Egypt's General Consulate in Erbil to deliver condolences on the death of dozens in a terrorist attack last Friday. Fuad Hussein, Barzani’s Chief of Staff condemned that terrori ...

Barzani Marks beginning of Ramadan

BAS News - 2017-05-27 00:33
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Friday released a statement to mark the beginning of Ramadan, hoping the holy month of Muslims ends violence and terrorism across the globe. “On the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, I offer my wa ...

Barzani Returns to Kurdistan from Bulgaria

Waar Media - 2017-05-26 18:41
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani concluded a tour to Jordan and Bulgaria and arrived in Erbil International Airport on Friday afternoon. Barzani attended the World Economic Conference on the Middle East and North Africa May 19-21 in ...

Barzani Returns to Kurdistan from Bulgaria

BAS News - 2017-05-26 15:24
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani concluded a tour to Jordan and Bulgaria and arrived in Erbil International Airport on Friday afternoon. Barzani attended the World Economic Conference on the Middle East and North Africa May 19-21 in Amman ...

Political Observer Describes Barzani's Visit to Bulgaria "Vital"

BAS News - 2017-05-26 11:23
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani's visit to Bulgaria is "vital" at a time when Kurdistan is on the verge on deciding over its destination, said a political observer. Speaking to BasNews on Friday, Bewar Ahmed, said in his visit Barzani, a ...

Barzani Meets with Bulgaria PM, Discusses Referendum

BAS News - 2017-05-25 23:34
LODZ — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with Boyko Borisov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria to discuss bilateral ties and an imminent referendum on Kurdistan Region independence. Accompanied by Masrour Barzani, the Chancellor of Kurdistan Reg ...

Barzani and Iraqi President Discuss Baghdad-Erbil Relations

BAS News - 2017-05-20 18:07
The leaders met in Amman on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa AMMAN — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi President Fuad Masoum met on Saturday in Amman, capital of Jordan, and discussed Baghdad ...

Barzani Sends Condolence over Gorran Leader's Death

BAS News - 2017-05-19 14:00
ERBIL– Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Friday conveyed his condolence over the death of Gorran (Change) Movement's General Coordinator Nawshirwan Mustafa. In a message, Barzani offered condolence to Mustaf's family and Gorran Movement member ...

King Abdullah Receives Barzani as Head of State: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-18 20:05
ERBIL— King Abdullah II of Jordan welcomed Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani as the president of a country thanks to Barzani's reputation, said an MP. In a statement to BasNews on Thursday, Ashwaq Jaf said for the second time King of Jordan put K ...

Barzani to Discuss Referendum with Arab Leaders in Amman

BAS News - 2017-05-18 19:21
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani will discuss Kurdistan Region's appeal for holding a referendum on independence with the Arab leaders at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Jordan, said an official. Barzani arrived in Jordan tod ...

Barzani to Meet Jordanian King Abdullah

Waar Media - 2017-05-18 16:40
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani travelled to Jordan on Thursday, May 18, to attend the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa and meet with King Abdullah for discussions over a number of topics. Kurdistan Region Pr ...

Barzani Arrives in Amman to Meet with King Abdullah

BAS News - 2017-05-18 14:53
He will also attend the World Economic Forum in Jordan AMMAN — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani arrived in Amman, capital of Jordan on Thursday to participate in the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, which is slated to be ...

Barzani to Meet King Abdullah of Jordan

BAS News - 2017-05-18 11:39
He will also attend the World Economic Forum in Jordan ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani travelled to Jordan on Thursday, May 18, to attend the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa and meet with King Abdullah for discu ...

Barzani to Meet with King Abdullah of Jordan

BAS News - 2017-05-17 10:25
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani is scheduled to visit Jordan to meet with King Abdullah for discussion over a number of topics. A source from Kurdistan Region Presidency (KRP) confirmed to BasNews that Barzani will head to Jordan on Thu ...

Barzani and McGurk Review Anti-IS Military Campaign

BAS News - 2017-05-15 15:19
Barzani met with a US delegation headed by Brett McGurk in Erbil ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Brett McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) discussed the anti-IS military e ...

Barzani: Sacrifices of Our Nation Should Not Be Fruitless

BAS News - 2017-05-15 14:13
Barzani congratulated the teachers on the 55th anniversary of Kurdistan Teachers Union ERBIL — On the 55th anniversary of the Kurdistan Teachers Union, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani extended his congratulations to the teachers of Kurdistan Re ...

Barzani's Assistant to Address Kurdistan Referendum in Malta

BAS News - 2017-05-13 16:44
ERBIL— During a course on track two diplomacy in Malta, Hemin Hawrami, Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani's assistant will address Kurdistan's appeal for holding a referendum on independence from Iraq. The course runs May 11-14 and the third day of the e ...

Barzani Congratulates Macron on France Presidential Win

Waar Media - 2017-05-09 10:57
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President on Monday sent his congratulations to the newly-elected French President for his victory on Sunday. Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region, in a statement congratulated the French President-elect Emmanuel ...

Barzani Congratulates Macron on France Presidential Win

BAS News - 2017-05-08 18:54
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region's President Masoud Barzani on Monday delivered a message of congratulations to French President-elect Emmanuel Macron for winning the presidential elections. President Barzani also highlighted maintaining friendly relations betwee ...

Independence Referendum May Be in August: Barzani’s Advisor

BAS News - 2017-05-05 00:26
ERBIL — As the efforts have already begun, Kurdistan Region is expected to hold a referendum on its independence from Iraq in August this year, said Mohammed Haji, a political advisor to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. The official told Kurdis ...

President Barzani: Kurdistan’s Independent process has already begun

Waar Media - 2017-05-03 16:31
WAAR-DUHOK: In a recent interview with French publication Le Figaro, the President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani said the time for an independent Kurdish state has come and he hopes the next French President will be supportive. While Barzani hig ...

Barzani Calls on France to Support Kurdistan’s Independence

BAS News - 2017-05-02 23:37
ERBIL — Kurdish Region President Masoud Barzani has urged France’s next president to support Kurdish independence. "It’s time for Kurds to declare independence [from greater Iraq],” Barzani said in an interview with Le Figaro. “We want to leave Iraq peac ...

Barzani: It’s Time for Independent Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-05-02 15:52
Kurdistan Region President emphasized that statehood should be through peaceful means ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has reiterated his stance on declaring independence from Iraq, saying it is time for Kurdistan’s statehood to happen t ...

Barzani congratulates Kurdistan’s workers in Labour Day

Waar Media - 2017-05-01 17:26
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani released a statement on Sunday to mark the International Workers’ Day, reiterating that workers are an asset to Kurdistan’s development. Barzani pointed out that workers are playing a vital role in im ...

Barzani Meets Italian New Consul in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-05-01 14:13
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received the newly appointed Italian Consul Serena Muroni in Erbil on Monday. The Italian envoy to Erbil said it is a great honour for her to take up the diplomatic mission in Kurdistan Region, noting tha ...

Barzani: Workers an Asset to Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-04-30 23:59
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani released a statement on Sunday to mark the International Workers’ Day, reiterating that workers are an asset to Kurdistan’s development. Barzani pointed out that workers are playing a vital role in improv ...

Barzani Meets with Iraqi Defense Minister in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-04-29 16:13
The latest developments on the ground were discussed by the sides ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received the Iraqi Minister of Defense Irfan al-Hayali and the Iraqi Air Force Commander Staff Lt. Gen. Anwer Hamad Amin Ahmad on Saturday ...

Turkey offers condolences over Peshmerga deaths

Waar Media - 2017-04-27 10:06
WAAR-DUHOK: Ankara has offered condolences to Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani over the killing of Peshmerga troops in a Turkish airstrike on April 26, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırm made th ...

Turkish Authorities Console Barzani for Loss of Peshmergas

BAS News - 2017-04-26 20:58
Six Peshmergas died in the Turkish airstrikes against PKK ERBIL- Senior Turkish authorities extended their condolences to the President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani for the death of the six members of the Peshmerga forces who died in the recent ...

Barzani to Help Resumption of Kurdish Peace Talks in Turkey

BAS News - 2017-04-25 20:59
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Kurdish politician Leyla Zana are said to be renewing efforts to resume the peace talks in Turkey in hopes of finding a solution to the case of Kurds in the country. According to the information obtai ...

Sadr Senior Deputation Meets President Barzani

BAS News - 2017-04-22 17:54
The parties discussed future prospects for Iraq ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Saturday received a senior delegation from the Shi'ite Sadr Movement, led by Sayyed Ahmed Sadr, according to Kurdistan Presidency's official website. Barz ...

Barzani: We Employ a Peaceful Way to Gain Independence

BAS News - 2017-04-20 15:33
Those who criticize the referendum on Kurdistan independence have misapprehended it ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said they continue the project of referendum on independence, stating that the criticism levelled at the project resulte ...

German FM Sigmar Gabriel Arrives in Bashiq, Northeast Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-20 15:06
BASHIQ — Following his meeting with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in Erbil on Thursday, Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister, arrived in Bashiq town, 12 km north-east of Mosul. The German foreign minister is expecte ...

President Barzani and German Foreign Minister Meet in Erbil

Waar Media - 2017-04-20 14:33
WAAR-DUHOK: Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister, arrived in Erbil late Wednesday after he concluded his visit to Baghdad. The German foreign minister is currently meeting with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. The key ...

Barzani and German Foreign Minister Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-04-20 10:19
ERBIL — Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister, arrived in Erbil late Wednesday after he concluded his visit to Baghdad. The German foreign minister is currently meeting with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. The key top ...
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