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French President Makes Phone Calls with Barzani, Abadi

BAS News - 2017-10-20 17:18
ERBIL — French President Emmanuel Macron revealed on Friday that he had talked to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Aabdi to discuss the military tensions in the Kurdish province of Kirkuk. Macron told reporters ...

President Barzani receives a phone call from German Defence Minister

Waar Media - 2017-10-20 13:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received a phone call from German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday to discuss the latest political and security developments in the region, including the crisis in Kirkuk. Ursula von ...

Barzani and German Defence Minister Talk Over the Phone

BAS News - 2017-10-19 21:40
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received a phone call from German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday to discuss the latest political and security developments in the region, including the crisis in Kirkuk. Ursula von der ...

Barzani Overrules Baghdad’s Arrest Warrant Issued for Kosrat Rasul

BAS News - 2017-10-19 19:43
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has decried Baghdad’s arrest warrant for top Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official Kosrat Rasul. The Rassafa Court in Baghdad said on Thursday that the arrest warrant was issued for calling the Iraq ...

Barzani: We Have Always Sought Peaceful Solutions

BAS News - 2017-10-17 18:38
ERBIL — The President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani released Tuesday a statement to address the people of Kurdistan following the offensive of Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraqi forces on Kirkuk Province and other dispu ...

Barzani to Release a Statement on Situation in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-17 13:07
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani is expected to release a statement on Tuesday, October 17 about the latest situation in Kurdistan. Following the offensive by the Iraqi government against Kirkuk on Monday, Barzani is expected to address ...

Peshmerga Ordered to Fight to the Last Man in Defence of Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-16 15:36
KIRKUK — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, who also serves as Commander-in-Chief of the Kurdish forces, has ordered Peshmerga to not initiate a clash, but defend Kirkuk to the last man if attacked. Since midnight Sunday, Baghdad-backed Shi’ite A ...

Barzani Gives Peshmerga Green Light to Fire in Kirkuk to Defend Only

BAS News - 2017-10-16 02:30
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Peshmerga forces, has ordered the Kurdish forces to not initiate a war in Kirkuk, but do not hesitate to open fire if came under attack. “President Barzani order ...

Barzani Congratulates Yezidis on Eid of Jama

BAS News - 2017-10-12 16:25
ERBIL- Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated on Thursday no force can segregate Yezidis from the people of Kurdistan. In a written message, Barzani congratulated Yezidis on the occasion of Eid of Jama, saying, Kurdish Yezidi people have always ...

Barzani Receives Sudan’s Ambassador to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-10-12 14:21
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with Yaseen Awaz Ismail, the Ambassador of Sudan to Iraq, on Thursday in Erbil. During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views about the latest political and security developments in Kurdistan Regi ...

President Barzani Meets with E.U. Ambassador to Iraq

KRG-Spain - 2017-10-11 00:05
Salahadin, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, (Krp.org)- President Masoud Barzani received a European Union delegation headed by Mr. Ramon Blecua, the E.U. ambassador to Iraq. During the meeting, President Barzani and ambassador Blecua discussed several issues inc ...

Stability of Kurdistan Important to Germany: Ambassador

BAS News - 2017-10-10 14:27
Barzani met with German Ambassador to Iraq in Erbil ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani reiterated that Erbil is willing to engage in dialogue with Baghdad to reach an agreement over the pressing issues. Kurdistan Region President Masoud Ba ...

EU Ready to Mediate Between Erbil and Baghdad: Envoy

BAS News - 2017-10-09 16:08
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received the European Union Ambassador to Iraq, Ramon Blecua, and his accompanying delegation. The EU Ambassador lauded the Kurdistan Regional Government for its humanitarian efforts and sheltering large ...

Barzani and Iraqi Parliament Speaker Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-10-08 13:09
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri in Erbil on Sunday. During the meeting, both sides discussed the latest political developments in Iraq, particularly the independence referendum of the K ...

Baghdad Initially Agreed to Lift Sanctions against Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-07 19:48
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met on Saturday with the Iraqi Vice Presidents in Sulaymaniyah, to agree on lifting Baghdad’s sanctions against Kurdistan. Citing Fuad Hussein, Chief of Staff for Barzani’s office, Kurdistan Region Presid ...

[IN PICTURES]: Barzani Pays Tribute to Talabani’s Body

BAS News - 2017-10-06 14:12
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani attended the funeral of the deceased Kurdish leader and former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on Friday. Barzani laid a bouquet of flowers by the coffin of Talabani and saluted his body. After Talabani’s ...

Barzani Announces One Week Public Mourning for Talabani's Loss

BAS News - 2017-10-03 20:45
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday announced seven days of public grief for the death of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)'s Secretary General Jalal Talabani. In a video message aired by major news channels in Kurdistan, Bar ...

Barzani Remains Firm on Independence Bid: Politician

BAS News - 2017-10-03 11:57
ERBIL — Regardless of the endless regional and international pressures for reversing the decision of independence, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has stayed firm on the path towards self-determination, a Kurdish politician and political observ ...

Barzani Calls for Continuous Coexistence in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-02 21:00
KIRKUK — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani visited Kirkuk on Monday to meet with local military and administration officials and discuss the post-referendum era. During a meeting, Barzani reiterated that Kirkuk has a Kurdish identity and it is hi ...

Barzani to Visit Paris, Meet with French President

BAS News - 2017-10-02 14:47
ERBIL — France has officially invited Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani to visit Paris in the near future. Ali Dolamari, the representative of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in France, told BasNews “The government of France has officially in ...

Western officials are trying to avert the next war in Iraq

The Economist - 2017-10-02 04:44
AS THE jihadists of the so-called Islamic State (IS) retreat, the Arab and Kurdish forces allied against it in Iraq are turning their arms towards each other. Rather than celebrate victory, Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, called a refer ...

Fallon Urges Barzani to Work for a Solution with Baghdad and Neighbors

BAS News - 2017-09-30 17:52
ERBIL— UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon urges Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani to work with Baghdad and its neighbors to find a solution for the recent the escalated tensions. A statement published by Kurdistan presidency's official page on S ...

France’s Macron Invites Barzani, Abadi to Paris over Growing Rift

BAS News - 2017-09-30 01:42
ERBIL — French President Emmanuel Macron has reportedly invited Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to Paris in hopes of easing tensions between the two sides arose after Monday’s independence referendum in ...

Barzani: Iraq’s Reactions Prove We Were Right to Hold Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-28 16:18
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said that the reactions of Baghdad against Kurdistan Region show the reality of those who stand against the rights of the people of Kurdistan. The harsh responses of the Iraqi authorities to Kurdistan’s i ...

President Barzani Receives France’s Ambassador to Iraq

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-28 00:03
Salahadin, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, (Krp.org)- President Masoud Barzani received a French diplomatic delegation headed by ambassador Bruno Aubert, the ambassador of France to Iraq. During the meeting, President Barzani and ambassador Aubert spoke of a nu ...

Iraqi Kurdish leader says 'yes' vote won independence referendum

Reuters - 2017-09-27 03:22
BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said on Tuesday that Kurds had voted "yes" to independence in a referendum held in defiance of the government in Baghdad and which had angered their neighbors and their U.S. allies. ...

Barzani: Kurdistan Entered New Different Stage After Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-26 21:15
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said in a video message on Tuesday that Kurdistan Region entered a new phase after September 25th independence referendum. “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of you - all parties, ethnic and re ...

Catalan President Congratulates Barzani on Kurdistan’s Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-26 15:34
ERBIL — Catalan President Carles Puigdemont congratulated Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on the independence referendum of Kurdistan which was held on Monday, September 25. In a phone call on Tuesday, Puigdemont extended his congratulations to ...

In Picture: Barzani Casted Vote for Independent Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-25 09:30
ERBIL — In the early hours after opening polling stations on Monday, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani casted his vote on statehood of his region. Despite Baghdad and the international community putting pressure on Erbil to cancel the independenc ...

Masoud Barzani casts vote in referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-25 09:22
The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Masoud Barzani, cast his vote in the independence referendum of Kurdistan Region, started today September 25. ...

Barzani to UN: Too Late for Suggesting Alternatives

BAS News - 2017-09-24 22:12
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani asked the United Nations and international community to not suggest Erbil any alternatives to the planned independence referendum as the vote will not be delayed. The remarks, according to Barzani’s senio ...

Barzani: No Hopes for Peace within Iraqi Borders

BAS News - 2017-09-24 18:09
ERBIL— The plan by the Kurdistan Region for holding the independence referendum did not come as a "surprise" to the international community, stated Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani Sunday, stressing the vote is not for demarking the borders or i ...

Barzani to French Amb : Too Late for Talks over Postponing Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-23 17:45
ERBIL— No time is left for talks over calling off the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani told French Ambassador to Iraq on. During a meeting in Erbil on Saturday evening, Barzani told Bruno Aubert t ...

Barzani: US Position on Kurdistan’s Independence Vote “Surprising”

BAS News - 2017-09-23 01:13
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said Erbil is surprised by the position of the US on Kurdistan Region’s planned independence referendum. He said the Kurds are not committing a crime by seeking a chance to have their say on their future. ...

Referendum now lies in people's hands: Barzani

KurdPress - 2017-09-22 19:39
Most of the authorities who currently rule the Iraqi government have the same mentality of exterminating the people of Kurdistan, said Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Friday, emphasizing that the people of Kurdistan refuse living within Iraqi ...

Barzani: We Won’t Accept Open Agenda As Alternative to Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-22 14:09
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said that the alternative to the September 25th independence referendum would only be a UN mandated solution, with a prescribed agenda and timeline. The majority of the international community has underes ...

Emmanuel Macron urges Barzani to postpone Kurdish polls

KurdPress - 2017-09-22 11:40
French President Emmanuel Macron has called on Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani to back down on the plan to hold referendum on the region's independence, planned for September 25. ...

Barzani to Macron: Referendum Will Not Be Postponed

BAS News - 2017-09-21 18:43
ERBIL— There will be no changes to Kurdistan independence referendum, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani told French president on Thursday. In a phone call today, French President Emmanuel Macron commended Kurdistan Region's role in the battle aga ...

Referendum Council: Kurdistan Goes Ahead with Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-09-21 18:07
ERBIL— The Senior Referendum Council of the Kurdistan Region on Thursday convened and agreed that the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan Region should take place as scheduled. The meeting, chaired by Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani ...

New Mideast Realities Require Support for Kurds

The Kurdish Project - 2017-09-20 23:34
The following article was originally published in The Inquirer. In 2016, Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani told me that Mideast chaos had already destroyed the region’s old borders. “There are new realities on the ground,” Barzani proclaimed, in his ...

Barzani: No Alternatives to Independence Referendum So far

BAS News - 2017-09-20 16:22
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani reiterated that Erbil is open to an alternative for its planned independence referendum if it could meet Kurdistan Region’s demands, but such a proposal is yet to be put forward. During a massive rally in ...

Barzani visits Sulaimani as a part of Kurdistan Independence rally

Waar Media - 2017-09-20 15:01
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani is expected to address a rally for Kurdistan’s independence on Wednesday evening with the organizers preparing for a high turnout. President Barzani has already arrived in the city and met with senior offici ...

Pictures: Pro-Independence Gathering in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-09-20 14:37
SULAYMANIYAH — A huge number of pro-independence people from Sulaymaniyah gathered on Wednesday to show support to the imminent independence vote in Kurdistan Region. Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, who arrived in the city earlier today, is sa ...

Barzani playing with fire: Turkish Deputy PM

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 13:00
Turkey Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag on Sept. 20 issued another warning from Turkey to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) about the independence referendum slated for later this week, saying KRG President Masoud Barzani is “playing with fire.” ...

A Message from President Masoud Barzani

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-20 00:01
Over the past century, we have not had any real exercising of the principle of partnership in Iraq. We have instead experienced a series of injustices including the genocidal Anfal campaign and bombardment by chemical weapons. It is therefore in pursuit o ...

Barzani and UK Secretary of State for Defence in Erbil

Waar Media - 2017-09-19 14:47
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has reiterated that Erbil tried every formula of partnership with Baghdad, but the central government failed to show commitment to this partnership, which has led the Kurdistan Region to having now no ...

Barzani: No Options But Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-19 00:03
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has reiterated that Erbil tried every formula of partnership with Baghdad, but the central government failed to show commitment to this partnership, which has led the Kurdistan Region having now no choice ...

Barzani and UK's Fallon Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-09-18 20:20
ERBIL— British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon arrived in Erbil Monday evening and met with the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. Fallon landed in Erbil after he met the senior official in Baghdad. No details about the meeting have been disclos ...

Barzani urges US to support Kurdistan Region

KurdPress - 2017-09-18 11:04
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani urged the United States, in a message to a rally of Kurds in the US, to “stand by the people of Kurdistan.” ...

Barzani rules out alternative to referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 10:49
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has ruled out an alternative to the Kurdish independence referendum and therefore called on people to vote on September 25. ...

Barzani rejects US, UK, UN proposal to delay referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-15 23:31
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Friday said that the people of the Kurdistan Region have not received the alternative yet to the upcoming independence referendum scheduled for Sep. 25, stating the vote will be held on time. ...

Barzani and McGurk to Meet in Erbil on Septembet 13

Waar Media - 2017-09-12 17:09
WAAR-DUHOK: The US Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition against Islamic State Brett McGurk is expected to meet with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani for talks over a number of issues, a Kurdish official said on Tuesday. Muhammed Haji Mahmu ...

Barzani to Travel to Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-09-12 15:39
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani is said to visit Sulaymaniyah in the near future to hold a conference with the people of the province, an official said. The exact timing for president’s trip is yet to be revealed to the media. Ata Sheik ...

Barzani: Rights of All Components Will Be Preserved in Kurdistan State

BAS News - 2017-09-12 15:16
President Barzani visited Kirkuk and met with the components of the city KIRKUK — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani visited Kirkuk Province on Tuesday to address the components of the province about the upcoming referendum on independence. In a m ...

Barzani and McGurk to Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-09-12 14:46
ERBIL — The US Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition against Islamic State Brett McGurk is expected to meet with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani for talks over a number of issues, a Kurdish official said on Tuesday. Muhammed Haji Mahmud, S ...

Barzani and Iraqi VP Allawi Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-09-12 12:43
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received on Tuesday Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi. On Tuesday, September 12, a delegation from the Iraqi National Alliance, headed by its leader Ayad Allawi, visited Barzani in Erbil for discussions ov ...

Barzani to UN: Holding Referendum “Legitimate Right”

BAS News - 2017-09-11 15:24
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has made it clear that the people in the region have the right to hold a referendum and determine their future as it is legitimate and natural. The vote will be held on time as the decision has been made ...

Barzani: Kirkuk Should Be Symbol of Coexistence for All Ethnicities

BAS News - 2017-09-11 11:01
Barzani reaffirmed holding referendum in Kirkuk ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani reaffirmed that there is no turning back on the independence referendum scheduled for September 25 and they will start negotiations with Baghdad over the se ...

Barzani: Kurdistan Will Record New History on 25th September

BAS News - 2017-09-10 19:33
ERBIL— The people of Kurdistan has staged the revolution "Yes for Independence" and will record a new history on 25th September, stated Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. In a congratulatory message for the 56th anniversary of fermenting Great Se ...

Barzani Thanks People of Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-09-10 13:14
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani thanked the people of Sulaymaniyah for once again proving the spirit of resilience and sacrifice for the legitimate right of Kurds. “The true position of the honourable people of Sulaymaniyah shined out y ...

Barzani Refuses Arab League Request to Postpone Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-10 00:15
ERBIL — Meeting with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul Ghent in Erbil, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has made it clear that holding independence referendum is a decision of the people and political parties of Kurdistan Region, and cann ...

Arab League Top Official in Erbil for Referendum Talks with Barzani

BAS News - 2017-09-09 18:00
ERBIL— Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit arrived on Saturday evening in Erbil and is expected to meet with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. Following a visit to Baghdad and meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Aboul- ...

Barzani in Response to Hashd al-Shaabi: Kurds Ready to Defend Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-09-09 11:19
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has reiterated that Kirkuk is a Kurdish territory and they are ready to defend it whenever a threat is directed at the city. President's remarks are seemingly made in response to the threats by the Shi’it ...

Barzani: Iraqi Constitution No Longer Valid

BAS News - 2017-09-06 18:35
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated on Wednesday that the Iraqi constitution has lost all its validity and that Iraq is currently run by a sectarian government. Addressing the journalists, writers and intellectuals from the Kurdistan ...

Barzani: Referendum is Not A Pressure Card

BAS News - 2017-09-06 16:32
ERBIL— Baghdad should accept Kurdistan Region's secession as it does not acknowledge partnership, stated Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. For talks over the independence referendum of Kurdistan (on September 25 this year), Barzani convened writ ...

Kurdistan Region President meets with US Secretary of Defense

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-06 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with a senior American delegation headed by Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Erbil. According to the official website of the Kurdistan Region Presidency, P ...

Barzani Says His Mission Ends with Independence of Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-05 19:43
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has stated that his aim is making the people of Kurdistan independent and when this is met, his mission is fulfilled. His statement came during an interview with the al-Arabiya TV, which is due to be aired ...
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