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Turkey Slams France's Reaction to Afrin Operation

BAS News - 2018-02-09 01:38
ERBIL — Turkish foreign ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy said in a statement on Thursday that it is being seen with regret that the French foreign minister made “unfortunate and groundless” comments on ‘Operation Olive Branch.’ Turkey has accused France ...

Swedish FM Postpones Turkey Visit in Protest to Afrin Offensive

BAS News - 2018-02-07 01:34
ERBIL — Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom postponed an already scheduled visit to Turkey in protest to Ankara’s military offensive against the Syrian Kurdish city of Afrin. Swedish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that the visit has been postpone ...

Dutch government formally withdraws Turkish ambassador over 2017 row

Waar Media - 2018-02-05 21:06
WAAR-DUHOK: The Netherlands’ ambassador to Turkey will officially be withdrawn from Ankara, the Dutch foreign ministry said in a statement released on Monday, following disagreements in bilateral talks. “Recent talks offered Turkey and the Netherlands an ...

Iran Shows Its Stand On Turkish Attacks in Afrin

BAS News - 2018-02-05 14:30
Erbil - Spokesperson to Islamic Republic of Iran ministry of foreign affairs in a press conference asserted that Turkey should stop its attacks on Afrin, a Kurdish city in Syria. "The Turkish army has to put an end to its attacks on Afrin since it only w ...

Iraq Decries Turkish Assault on Afrin

BAS News - 2018-02-03 17:15
ERBIL — Iraqi Foreign Ministry released a statement in which it condemns the Turkish assaults on Afrin, a Kurdish city in Syria. "We condemn any interventions from a foreign country to the internal affairs of another country," Iraqi Foreign Ministry Offi ...

Iran Calls on Turkey to Halt Afrin Operation

BAS News - 2018-01-21 20:05
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran has called on Turkey to halt the Afrin operation and respect Syria’s territorial integrity, said a spokesperson for Iranian Foreign Ministry. According to Mehr News Agency, Bahram Ghasemi said that Iran is closely and ...

Meeting with The French Foreign Ministry

Nadia Murad - 2018-01-13 16:32
This week Nadia's Initiative met with Mr. Jean Claude Mallette, from the French Foreign Minister to follow up on what we discussed in our last October’s meetings with the Honourable Emmanuel Macron, the French President, and the Foreign Minister Mr. Jean ...

Lavrov to receive Zarif today in Moscow

Waar Media - 2018-01-10 18:32
WAAR-DUHOK: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will arrive in Moscow on Wednesday for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency. “Foreign Minister of ...

Iranian FM: No Evidence to Prove Erbil Involved in Iran Protests

BAS News - 2018-01-08 23:23
ERBIL — A spokesperson for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has rejected the claims by other senior officials of his country who accused the Kurdistan Region earlier of having a role in the ongoing angry protests across Iran. Secretary of Iran's E ...

Mardan, Oscar submitted by Iraq

Mij Film - 2018-01-05 16:35
Iraq submits Mardan as official Oscar entry Mardan, a film by Batin Ghobadi, has been nominated by the cultural committee of the culture ministry in Iraq for the Academy Awards foreign language film prize. The film, which premiered in Toronto in September ...

Sweden Summons Iraqi Envoy on Execution of Its Citizen

BAS News - 2017-12-15 20:33
ERBIL — Sweden’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Iraqi ambassador after a Swedish-Iraqi citizen was executed by Baghdad government on terror charges. The man, in his 60s, was among dozens of convicts whom the Iraqi judicial authorities hanged earlie ...

Astana 8 scheduled to be held on December 21st

ANHA - 2017-12-12 14:00
NEWS DESK- The Kazakh Foreign Ministry has announced that the 8th round of Astana meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran regarding the Syrian crisis will start on December 21st. The Kazakh Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that the 8th round wil ...

Qassemi: French President’s official visit to Iran on agenda

Waar Media - 2017-12-12 11:20
WAAR-DUHOK: Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi reiterated Tehran’s policy to boost relations with Paris in all areas and said a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to the Islamic Republic is on the agenda. Speaking to reporters here ...

Iraq Announces End of Oil-for-Food Program

BAS News - 2017-12-09 11:54
ERBIL — Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Saturday declared the end of Iraq's Oil-for-Food program imposed since 1995 under Chapter VII of the United Nations charter. After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990 the UN Security Council placed Iraq under Chapter VII of the ...

Iraq Removes Its Kurdish Ambassador to Italy

BAS News - 2017-12-04 17:40
The move is part of the crackdown on Kurds after September referendum ERBIL — The Shi’ite-led government of Iraq has planned a plot to remove the Kurdish officials from office and it has begun replacing the Kurdish officials in the foreign ministry with ...

Abadi Planning to Sack Dozens of Kurdish Ambassadors

BAS News - 2017-11-09 03:08
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is reconsidering the structure of foreign ministry, as part of which nearly 40 ambassadors will be dismissed, a lawmaker from the Shi’ite Arab State of Law Coalition said. Most of the ambassadors whom are be ...

Iraq Concerned about Catalan Declaration of Independence

BAS News - 2017-10-29 20:25
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government is concerned about the unilateral move by Catalonia to declare independence from Spain, said Ahmed Mahjub, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry. Iraq supports a unified Spain, the official said in an official statement o ...

Saudi Arabia Welcomes KRG’s Initiative for Talks with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-28 00:39
ERBIL ― The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomed on Friday Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) initiative to hold dialogue with the Iraqi central government and find a peaceful solution to their disputes. An official from Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry sa ...

Three Lebanese Kidnaped in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-25 19:56
BAGHDAD — Three Lebanese nationals were kidnapped shortly after their arrival in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, Lebanon’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The abductees were identified as Imad al-Khatib, Nader Hmadeh and George Batrouni. The incident, ...

Russia Urges Erbil, Baghdad on Resumption of Talks

BAS News - 2017-10-21 22:29
ERBIL — Russia has encouraged Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi central government to return to constructive dialogues as an alternative for the current military confrontations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The statement comes ahead of a meeting betwee ...

Iraqi Delegation Attacked, Robbed in South Africa: MP

BAS News - 2017-10-15 19:26
ERBIL — Head of Iraq’s Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Relations has warned that the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs of unorganised international trips by official delegations after a group of Iraqi delegates were robbed in South Africa last we ...

Borders with Kurdistan Open: Iranian Foreign Ministry

BAS News - 2017-09-25 20:35
ERBIL— Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday stated Iran has not closed its border entries with the Kurdistan Region, refuting an earlier statement by the spokesperson of the ministry. In a statement, the ministry said what has been published by t ...

Turkey to take all measures against KRG referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-25 09:22
Turkey will take "all measures" under international law if the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum being held on Monday generates threats to Turkey's national security, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. ...

Direct Flights Between Erbil and Urmia to Resume

BAS News - 2017-09-23 15:31
ERBIL — Iranian authorities have ensured that direct flights between Urmia and Erbil will soon be resumed after a temporary halt. Ahmed Montazemi, head of a provincial office for Iran’s Foreign Ministry in Urmia, confirmed the report and told Fars News A ...

Turkey summons German envoy over Kurdish rally in Cologne

Reuters - 2017-09-16 22:36
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey summoned the German ambassador to Ankara on Saturday over what it said was a Kurdish militant rally in Cologne, the foreign ministry said, in a further sign of strained relations between the NATO allies. ...

Turkish Ministry warns KRG of paying a price in case referendum held

Waar Media - 2017-09-14 15:43
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish warned Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of paying a price for insisting on holding an independence referendum on Sept. 25, in a foreign ministry statement on Thursday. The statement, which welcomed Iraqi parliament vote that reject ...

Iran dismisses final statement of Arab League summit

KurdPress - 2017-09-14 15:32
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman has rejected the final statement of the recent Arab League summit in Cairo and the anti-Iran allegations raised by Emirati and Kuwait representatives during the meeting. ...

Delegation of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in Moscow

KNC Geneva - 2017-09-08 23:58
At the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a delegation of the KNR in Syria under the leadership of President Ibrahim Biro traveled to Russia this week. On Thursday, 7 September 2017, the delegates met the Russian Deputy Foreign Ministe ...

Russia Emphasizes the Involvement of Kurds in Intra-Syria Talks

BAS News - 2017-09-08 15:33
ERBIL — Russian President's special envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, has reaffirmed the importance the presence of Syrian Kurds in the talks on peace settlement in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Bogdanov met ...

Iran warns Kirkuk over joining Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
TEHRAN,— Iran on Wednesday warned the Iraqi province of Kirkuk against taking part in next month’s Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, saying it is “wrong, provocative and unacceptable”. A statement from the foreign ministry described as “dangerous” ...

China rejects possibility of military intervention in North Korea

Waar Media - 2017-09-04 13:01
WAAR-DUHOK: Beijing is firmly committed to peaceful methods of resolving the situation on the Korean Peninsula and rejects any steps aimed at exerting military pressure on North Korea, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said at a briefing on ...

Kirkuk’s participation in KRG referendum dangerous move: Turkey

KurdPress - 2017-08-30 08:35
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has criticized a decision by the local administration of Kirkuk to participate in a planned referendum by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Sept. 25, saying it is a “serious breach” of the Iraqi constitution and a “da ...

Bahram Qassemi: Erdogan to visit Iran in near future

Waar Media - 2017-08-28 13:16
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman announced that the Turkish president’s visit to Tehran was under review and hoped the trip would take place as soon as possible. “During the recent visit to Turkey, Chief of Staff for Iranian Armed Force ...

France to Grant a €430 Million Loan to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-08-26 21:19
ERBIL — France will grant a €430million loan to the Iraqi government, whose economy has been weakened by low oil prices and the ongoing fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS), the French Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday. Jean-Yves Le Drian, ...

Turkish Foreign Minister Arrives in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-08-23 09:58
He is scheduled to visit Erbil as well ERBIL — The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday on an announced visit to discuss the issues on the agenda of the Turkey-Iraq relations. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs a ...

Tehran welcomes talks between Erbil, Baghdad: spokesman

KurdPress - 2017-08-16 12:30
Spokesman for Iranian Foreign Ministry, Bahram Ghasemi reiterated on August 15 that his country’s support for Iraq’s unity, saying Tehran welcomes recent dialogues held between Baghdad and Erbil to resolve internal pending issues. ...

Israel in talks with Egypt to reopen Cairo embassy

Waar Media - 2017-08-15 15:13
WAAR-DUHOK: An Israeli delegation held talks with Egyptian officials this week about reopening their Cairo embassy after eight months, local newspaper Haaretz reported Tuesday. The newspaper said Israeli intelligence and foreign ministry officials were a ...

Chinese military warns off US warship in South China Sea

Waar Media - 2017-08-11 11:44
WAAR-DUHOK: Beijing voiced displeasure on Friday after a US warship sailed near an artificial island in the disputed South China Sea, an operation that prompted the Chinese navy to warn off the American destroyer. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang s ...

EU office to be opened in Tehran : Spokesman

KurdPress - 2017-08-08 09:07
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday that opening the European Union office in Tehran is going through its routine procedure. ...

Switzerland warns its citizens to not travel to Turkey

Waar Media - 2017-07-28 18:15
WAAR-DUHOK: Switzerland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has updated their recommendation against travelling to Turkey. The related statement of the Ministry called attention to the ongoing State of Emergency in Turkey, and warned against obstructions and a ...

U.S. sanctions on Iran, Russia look illegal: France

KurdPress - 2017-07-27 08:33
France’s foreign ministry on Wednesday said new U.S. sanctions against Iran, Russia and North Korea appeared at odds with international law due to their extra-territorial reach. ...

US' anti-Iran meddlesome claims unacceptable: FM

KurdPress - 2017-07-23 08:02
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Saturday that the White House officials’ claims are unacceptable and clear example of interference in Iran’s internal affairs. ...

Russia Won’t Oppose Kurdistan’s Independence Vote: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-20 14:02
ERBIL — Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa in Russia's Foreign Ministry, Valerian Shuvaev, stated that his country does not oppose Kurdistan Region’s referendum on independence. Kurdistan’s bid for independence has been discussed during ...

Iranian FM leaves for New York

KurdPress - 2017-07-13 11:58
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Tehran for New York early Thursday morning, July 13, to partake in the United Nations' High-Level Political Forum 2017, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said. ...

US root cause of terrorism, extremism: Iran

KurdPress - 2017-07-12 09:49
Iranian Foreign Ministry official rejected US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ baseless and unconsidered remarks, adding that US policy of supporting Zionist regime’s state terrorist and also terrorism nurturing regimes is the root cause of terrorism and e ...

Iran ready to hold multi-layers talks with Turkey: official

KurdPress - 2017-07-08 13:41
Iran Deputy for Education and Research of Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a visit to Ankara on Friday Tehran is ready for multi-layer consultations with Turkey’s politicians and thinkers at different levels. ...

Iran condemns Damascus terrorist explosion

KurdPress - 2017-07-04 12:11
Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi on Monday denounced Sunday’s terrorist blast in Damascus, saying that whenever terrorists are in a weak position they resort to ‘blind revenges’. ...

Iran congratulates heavy defeat of IS in Mosul

KurdPress - 2017-07-02 07:30
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi congratulated heavy defeat of the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul and called for collective campaign to dry up the terrorist group’s intellectual roots and its sources of funding. ...

IS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Dead: Russia Foreign Ministry

BAS News - 2017-06-22 19:06
ERBIL— Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated on Thursday that it was “highly likely” that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS), was killed in Syria in May. Quoting information provided by the Russian Defense Ministry ...

Russia demands probe of US downing Syrian aircraft

Waar Media - 2017-06-22 11:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Russia wants the United States to investigate its downing of a Syrian military aircraft in Raqqa province over the weekend, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday. “We demand a thorough investigation by the US comm ...

Iran vows measures against new US sanctions

Waar Media - 2017-06-16 20:13
WAAR-DUHOK: Iran on Friday condemned new sanctions adopted by the US Senate and vowed to respond with “reciprocal and adequate measures”. Tehran “will take reciprocal and adequate measures to guarantee its national interests”, foreign ministry spokesman ...

Violators of human rights in South Kurdistan independence referendum interfere

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-06-11 20:47
According to a report by the Kurdistan Human Rights Association quoted by the official news agency of Iran, IRNA, Bahram Ghasemi, Foreign Ministry spokesman on Saturday 10 June 2017, said that “principled position” Islamic Republic of Iran, support for th ...

Iran on Kurdistan’s Referendum: Tehran Supports Iraq's Integrity

BAS News - 2017-06-10 18:57
ERBIL — The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday, that supporting Iraq's territorial integrity is among the Islamic Republic of Iran's principles and clear positions. The Iranian official further stressed that the Kurdist ...

Turkey says Kurdistan independence vote a ‘terrible mistake’

Waar Media - 2017-06-09 16:35
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Friday called the now-announced referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region, set to take place in September, a “terrible mistake.” “We deem the decision, despite our advice and warnings, by the KRI leaders ...

Kurdish independence referendum is ‘grave mistake,’ Turkey says

KurdPress - 2017-06-09 11:34
The Turkish Foreign Ministry on June 9 called a decision by the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to hold an independence referendum a “grave mistake," saying that Iraq's territorial integrity and political unity was a fundamental principle for Anka ...

Syria peace talks in Astana postponed: Kazakhstan foreign ministry

Waar Media - 2017-06-08 15:21
WAAR-DUHOK: Russia, Turkey and Iran have postponed a planned round of talks on Syria in Kazakhstan, which Moscow had proposed to hold on June 12-13, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. A spokesman for the ministry said it was unclear when the n ...

Qatar’s foreign minister plans to visit Moscow on June 10

Waar Media - 2017-06-08 15:21
WAAR-DUHOK: Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani plans to visit Moscow by the end of this week, a diplomatic source told press on Thursday. “The visit may take place already on Saturday, talks with the Russian Foreign Ministry’s lead ...

Astana talks on Syria may be held on June 12-13: official

KurdPress - 2017-06-06 11:45
Russian representatives have informed Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry about the plans to hold an international meeting on settling the Syrian crisis in Astana on June 12-13, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov told reporters on Monday. ...

Syria says US strikes damage no less than IS

KurdPress - 2017-06-06 11:45
Syria Foreign Ministry said in two separate letters to the UN and its Security Council that the damages inflicted on the Syrians’ lives by US air strikes are in no way less than those by the terrorist groups. ...
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