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Kurds will find it hard to implement independence, says Iraqi foreign minister

Kurds will find it hard to implement independence, says Iraqi foreign minister - Reuters

Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi prime minister, says forces have retain Hawija

Washington Times - 2017-10-05 19:29
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister says government forces have retaken the northern town of Hawija from Islamic State extremists, one of their last strongholds in Iraq. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in Paris on Thursday that "I want to announce t ...

Erdoğan to discuss Kurdistan Referendum with al-Abadi in New York

Waar Media - 2017-09-17 14:24
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will hold a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in New York, to discuss the upcoming independence referendum by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Speaking to reporters at a news conferen ...

Turkey's Erdogan to discuss northern Iraq vote with Iraqi PM

Reuters - 2017-09-17 11:50
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during his visit to the United States this week and discuss their concerns about northern Iraq's independence referendum. ...

Kurdistan to Negotiate Statehood with World after Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-13 21:12
ERBIL— The delegations which were expected to discuss independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region with the regional countries and the West, before holding the vote, will instead negotiate statehood measures with them. In a statement to BasNews on Wed ...

Journalists Detained, Prevented from Covering Abadi's Visit to Dhi Qar

BAS News - 2017-09-13 18:41
ERBIL— As Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived on Wednesday in the southern Dhi Qar province, all the journalists were temporarily detained while confrontations occurred between his guards and a group of protesters. Iraqi Observatory for Journali ...

Moscow Will Assess Results of Kurdistan’s Referendum: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-09 11:19
ERBIL — Russian deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Friday that Moscow will assess the outcome of Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum after it happens. Bogdanov said that Russia will assess the results of Kurdistan’s independence refe ...

Iraqi govt denounces decision to include Kirkuk in Kurdistan referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— Saad al-Hadith, the Spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, denounced on Tuesday a decision to include Kirkuk in the Kurdish independence referendum, calling the move “illegal and unconstitutional”. “Provinces that don’t belong to t ...

Abadi: Kirkuk's Decision to Participate in Kurdistan Referendum "Wrong"

BAS News - 2017-08-29 20:19
ERBIL— Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stated on Tuesday that Kirkuk Provincial Council's vote to run Kurdistan Region's Independence referendum in the province is "wrong." Abadi made the comment in his weekly address, shortly after Kirkuk council r ...

Al-Jaafari rejects Turkey’s request to fight the PKK

ANHA - 2017-08-23 17:01
Iraq Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said that he spoke with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu about the need for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Iraq and stressed on not allowing Iraq to become a regional conflict zone. ...

Iraqi FM Promises Baghdad Will Not Create Issues for Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-08-17 16:42
ERBIL— Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari stated on Thursday that Baghdad will not create issues for Kurdistan while he stressed the disputes between the Iraqi and Kurdistan administrations need to be settled via dialogue. Addressing a joint press ...