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British Minister to Visit Tehran Amid Iran-US Tensions

British Minister to Visit Tehran Amid Iran-US Tensions

BAS News - 2019-06-22 14:22
ERBIL — UK Minister of State for the Middle East and International Development, Andrew Murrison, will visit Tehran on Sunday amid heightening tensions between Iran and US. The Foreign Office said Murrison will conduct “frank and constructive” talks with ...
British Minister to Visit Tehran Amid Iran-US Tensions - BAS News

US Scholars: ‘An American attack on Iran would be an unmitigated disaster for the US, Iran, and the world’

Green Left Weekly - 2019-07-02 21:27
We, the undersigned scholars of the Middle East and North Africa and broader Muslim world, call on President Trump immediately to pull back from the brink of a war with the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is clear to us that the human, diplomatic, legal, po ...

US to Sanctions Any Countries that Import Iranian Oil: Envoy

BAS News - 2019-06-28 23:38
ERBIL - Washington will sanction any countries that would buy oil from Iran, US Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook said on Friday, adding that no exceptions are now in place. "We will sanction any imports of Iranian crude oil… There are right now no oil w ...

Pompeo heads to Saudi, UAE for Iran crisis talks

Rûdaw - 2019-06-23 22:29
The US Secretary of State called Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates "great allies in the challenge that Iran presents." ...

New "Major" Sanctions to be Imposed on Iran Soon: Trump

BAS News - 2019-06-22 23:13
ERBIL - US President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that new "major" sanctions will be imposed on Iran this week, arguing that Iran "cannot have nuclear weapons." "We are putting major additional sanctions on Iran on Monday. I look forward to the day ...

Kurdistan President to Visit Turkey on Friday

BAS News - 2019-06-21 00:44
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani is expected to visit Turkey on Friday to meet with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. BasNews has learned from sources that Barzani was officially invited by Erdogan to travel to Ankara. The Tur ...

UK Committed to Working with New KRG: FM

BAS News - 2019-06-20 21:29
ERBIL - UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday that his government is committed to working with the future Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), sending a congratulatory message to Masrour Barzani on his election as the PM- ...

Public to Find Out Soon If US Will Strike Iran: Trump

BAS News - 2019-06-20 20:30
ERBIL - US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the public will soon find out if Washington will strike Iran, noting that Tehran might have not shot the surveillance drone intentionally. "I find it hard to believe it was intentional," Trump said ...

France’s Macron to Visit Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2019-06-20 15:12
ERBIL — French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed on Thursday that he plans to visit Kurdistan Region. He told Kurdistan 24 that his trip will be by the end of 2019. Macron will also visit Iraq to discuss a range of issues, most likely the post-Islamic ...

Kurdistan Parliament to Visit Disputed Kurdish Areas Before Heading to Baghdad

BAS News - 2019-06-20 14:05
ERBIL — A group of Kurdish lawmakers are set to visit the Kurdish territories disputed between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq before going to Baghdad for discussions over remaining issues pertaining to these areas. MP Mahialddin Hassan told BasNews the la ...

US sends more forces to Middle East, amid tensions with Iran

Kurdistan24 - 2019-06-19 23:27

Kurdistan Sends Crew to Fight Fire in Iran

BAS News - 2019-06-18 14:10
ERBIL — Kurdish firefighters were dispatched urgently after Iranian officials at the KRG-Iran border crossing called for help to extinguish a massive fire on a truck. On Tuesday morning, Kurdish authorities at Haji Omaran border crossing opened the gates ...

Emir of Kuwait to Visit Iraq on Wednesday

BAS News - 2019-06-18 13:27
ERBIL — Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, is scheduled visit Iraq on Wednesday heading a high-level delegation. The office of Kuwaiti Emir and ministry of foreign affairs confirmed the state visit, as reported by KUNA. Sabah wi ...

Royal Navy to Send Marines to Gulf

BAS News - 2019-06-16 00:06
ERBIL - Royal Navy is expected to deploy 100 marines to the Persian Gulf for the purpose of protecting the British ships following alleged attacks by Iran on oil tankers in the region. According to a report by The Telegraph, the Government's Cobra Securi ...

Kurdistan’s New President Meets Saudi Minister of State

Waar Media - 2019-06-13 18:21
WAAR_DUHOK The New Kurdistan Region’s president Nechirvan Barzani received the Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan in capital Erbil on Wednesday. In this meeting both sides held talks on the ties between the Kurdistan Region and Sau ...

UK Committed to Prosperous Kurdistan: Minister

BAS News - 2019-06-13 11:13
ERBIL — The British government is committed to a prosperous and secure Kurdistan Region, said Andrew Murrison, the UK Minister of State for the Middle East and International Development. Murrison welcomed the appointment of Masrour Barzani as the Prime M ...

New President of Kurdistan, Saudi Minister of State Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2019-06-12 23:42
ERBIL - New President of Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani received on Wednesday the Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan in capital Erbil. During the meeting, the pair held talks on the ties between the Kurdistan Region and Saudi A ...

Barzani Receives Saudi Minister of State in Erbil

BAS News - 2019-06-11 17:18
ERBIL — Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani Received on Tuesday a Saudi delegation headed by Thamer al-Sabhan, the Minister of State for Gulf Affairs. Barzani and Sabhan exchanged views on the latest political and security developments in the region, according ...

KRG Minister of Peshmerga conducts periodic meeting with Global Coalition to defeat ISIS

Ministry of Peshmerga - 2019-06-02 14:26
Media Center, Ministry of Peshmerga On May 27, 2019, Karim Sinjari (KRG Minister of Interior and acting Minister of Peshmerga) supervised the periodic meeting with the Global Coalition to defeat ISIS. Notably attending the meeting were Sarbast Lazgin (De ...

New US Deployment to Middle East Threatens International Peace: Iranian FM

BAS News - 2019-05-25 11:08
ERBIL — The decision to deploy an additional 1,500 US troops to the Middle East is a “dangerous” development that threatens the “international peace”, said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Cited by state-owned IRNA, Zarif said his country w ...