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Outgoing Iraqi PM Haider Abadi says ‘I will stay in politics’

E-Kurd - 2018-10-19 22:19
BAGHDAD,— Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday that he will not retire from politics following his departure as premiere. A statement issued by the Information Office of the Al-Nasr List on behalf of Al-Abadi said: “We are under ...

Kurdistan PM Receives Turkish Delegation

BAS News - 2018-10-18 20:03
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Thursday afternoon Turkish former Minister of Agriculture Mehmet Mehdi Eker for talks on the bilateral ties. During the meeting, where Turkish Consul General Hakan Karacay and Kurdistan Region's M ...

Abdul-Mahdi to Present His Cabinet Structure to Parliament Next Week

BAS News - 2018-10-18 13:08
ERBIL — Iraq’s incoming Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi is planning to present the list of ministers and structure of his cabinet next week to the country’s parliament. Abdul-Mahdi said in an online statement on his official Facebook page that the parlia ...

Kurdish PM, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Discuss Politics

BAS News - 2018-10-18 00:13
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met on Wednesday with the Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi to discuss the political developments in Kurdistan Region and Iraq. The pair, during the meeting, shed light on the underway ...

PM Barzani, Abadi Meet in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-10-17 16:37
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with his Iraqi counterpart on Wednesday in Bagdad to discuss the latest political developments, including ties between Erbil and Baghdad. According to a readout of the meeting released by Barz ...

Kurdistan PM, Australian Ambassador Discuss Strengthening Bilateral Ties

BAS News - 2018-10-16 16:20
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Tuesday the ambassador of Australia to Iraq, Joanne Loundes, to discuss the latest political developments and ties between Erbil and Canberra. Ambassador Loundes praised the Kurdistan ...

KRG PM Barzani meets US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan

Waar Media - 2018-10-16 13:10
KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani meets US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan in Erbil, October 15, 2018. WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Monday the US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, where they discussed va ...

Brexit deal made harder by May comments: EU official

Reuters - 2018-10-16 13:07
British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech to the UK parliament on Monday has shown that reaching a deal on the country's exit from the European Union will be even harder than expected, a senior EU official said on Tuesday. ...

Iraqi FM in Damascus to Met with Assad

BAS News - 2018-10-14 11:46
ERBIL — The Foreign Minister of Iraq, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, is heading a delegation to Damascus where they are set to meet with Syrian Regime president Bashar al-Assad. Iraqi MP Hamed Mousawi, told the media that Jaafari will discus, among other issues, th ...

Turkish FM Secretly Met PUK in Baghdad to Discuss Ousting PKK

BAS News - 2018-10-13 12:41
ERBIL — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reportedly held a back-room meeting with a delegation from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) while visiting Baghdad earlier this week, discussing coordination to oust the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PK ...

Russia Says US Supporting Kurdish “Quasi-state” in Syria

BAS News - 2018-10-13 10:15
ERBIL — Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the US of supporting the Syrian Kurds in permanently dividing Syria. In an interview with the French service of Russia's state-run RT channel, Lavrov said that Washington is supporting the establishment ...

Lavrov: US plans to establish United Kurdistan

Waar Media - 2018-10-13 00:55
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey interviewed by RT France, Paris Match and Le Figaro, on October 12, 2018, in Moscow. WAAR-DUHOK: The United States is up to plunge into a dangerous game in Syria with an idea of unified Kurdistan, Russia’s Foreign Ministe ...

Turkey to reopen its consulates in Iraq’s Basra and Mosul

Waar Media - 2018-10-12 13:45
Iraqi President Barham Salih receives Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Baghdad. WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey’s foreign minister says his country will reopen its consulates in the Iraqi cities of Basra and Mosul and pursue deeper economic and commercia ...

Turkish Foreign Minister Meets with Incoming Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2018-10-11 16:25
ERBIL — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met on Thursday with the incoming Iraqi Prime Minister to discuss the prospects in the relations between Ankara and Baghdad. According to Iraqi media reports, Cavusoglu has assured the Iraqi official of t ...

Iraq.. Over 36,000 people applied for ministerial posts

Waar Media - 2018-10-11 13:08
Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi. WAAR-DUHOK: After Iraq’s incoming Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi offered the online application for ministerial posts in the country’s future government, over 36,000 applied for the positions. According t ...

Iraq’s Incoming PM Regrets Online Application for His Cabinet

BAS News - 2018-10-11 11:37
ERBIL — The incoming Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi is reportedly regretting his online application method to form his cabinet as he is under pressure from dominant political factions. After the Iraqi parliament voted for him to succeed Haider al- ...

Over 35,000 People So Far Applied for Future Iraqi Ministerial Posts

BAS News - 2018-10-10 23:44
ERBIL - After Iraq’s incoming Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi offered the online application for ministerial posts in the country's future government, over 36,000 applied for the positions. According to a statement by Abdul-Mahdi's office, 36,006 people ...

Turkish FM to visit Erbil and Baghdad on Thursday

Waar Media - 2018-10-10 14:38
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is set to pay an official visit to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq on Thursday, according to his ministry. During his two-day official visit, Cavusoglu will b ...

Top Swedish Military Delegation in Erbil to Discuss Continued Cooperation

BAS News - 2018-10-10 13:02
ERBIL — A top military delegation from Sweden arrived in Erbil on Wednesday to meet with Peshmerga officials and exchange views about the country’s continued military cooperation and trainings. Acting Peshmerga Minister Karim Sinjari received the delegat ...

Turkish Foreign Minister to Visit Erbil

BAS News - 2018-10-10 09:30
ERBIL — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is scheduled to visit Erbil and Baghdad this week for a series of meetings with top officials. State-run anadolu Agency reported that Cavusoglu’s trips will take place on 11 and 12 October. The foreign mi ...

Iraq oil minister says new contracts will have local hire stipulations

E-Kurd - 2018-10-09 14:00
BAGHDAD,— Iraq will stipulate in all new contracts with foreign oil companies that 85 percent of the workforce hired on a project be Iraqi, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luiabi said on Monday. The requirement will affect all contracts whether in extraction, refi ...

Russian Energy Minister: No need for country to join OPEC

Waar Media - 2018-10-09 13:27
Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak WAAR-DUHOK: Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak considers it unreasonable for the country to join OPEC. “I do not think it is necessary and reasonable,” he said in an interview aired by the Rossiya-24 TV news ...

Iraq Security: Tara Fares assassinated by local extremist group in Baghdad

Waar Media - 2018-10-08 15:16
Tara Fares, 22, was one of Iraq’s best known social media figures WAAR-DUHOK: Iraq’s Minister of Interior Qasim al-A’raji said on Saturday evening that an extremist group is behind the assassination of Iraqi model Tara Fares. “The security forces are spa ...

Iraq's Interior Minister: An Extremist Group Behind Death of Tara Fares

BAS News - 2018-10-07 21:02
ERBIL - Iraq's Minister of Interior Qasim al-A'raji said on Saturday evening that an extremist group is behind the assassination of Iraqi model Tara Fares. "The security forces are sparing no efforts to arrest the assassins and reveal them to the Iraqi p ...

Netanyahu: Putin and I agreed to meet “in near future”

Waar Media - 2018-10-07 15:39
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in Jerusalem in 2012. WAAR-DUHOK: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he had agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a meeting “in the near ...

Netanyahu, Putin to Meet over Coordination in Syria

BAS News - 2018-10-07 15:00
ERBIL — Israeli and Russian top officials will soon meet to discuss the security coordination in the war-torn Syria, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday. During a cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said he had spoke by telephone with Russian Preside ...

Sadr Calls on Newly Appointed PM to Keep Security Posts in His Hands

BAS News - 2018-10-06 21:50
ERBIL - Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's, head of Sa'eroun Alliance and winner of the May election, has called on the newly designated as prime minister, Adil Abdul Mahdi, to keep the ministries of defense and interior in his hands and not hand the ...

Turkey Arrests Dozens of People over Suspected PKK Links

BAS News - 2018-10-06 10:19
ERBIL — Turkish security forces have arrested 88 people suspected of having links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the country’s interior minister said on Friday. According to an official statement, the arrests were made across Izmir, Van, Adana, E ...

KRG PM Barzani congratulates Nadia Murad on receiving Nobel Peace Prize

Waar Media - 2018-10-05 18:33
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has congratulated Kurdish Yezidi activist Nadia Murad on receiving the 2018’s Nobel Peace Prize, saying that the people of Kurdistan are proud of her courage. “Heartfelt congratulations to Nad ...

Kurdistan is Proud of Nadia Murad: PM Barzani

BAS News - 2018-10-05 14:47
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has congratulated Kurdish Yezidi activist Nadia Murad on receiving the 2018’s Nobel Peace Prize, saying that the people of Kurdistan are proud of her courage. “Heartfelt congratulations to Nadia M ...

Germany, Israel agree Iran must never have nuclear weapons

Waar Media - 2018-10-04 21:46
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) gestures as she speaks during a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem October 4, 2018. WAAR-DUHOK: Germany and Israel agree that Iran should never be allowed to acquire nucle ...

KRG PM Barzani: Unfortunately, PUK damaged Kurdish factions unity

Waar Media - 2018-10-04 15:03
KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani speaking to reporters at a press conference in Erbil on Thursday, October 4, 2018 WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Vice President Nechirvan Barzani, who also serves as the Prime Minister of Kurdistan R ...

Senator Rubio on Iraq’s New President: Qasem Soleimani Brokered the Deal

BAS News - 2018-10-04 10:33
ERBIL — US Senator for Florida, Marco Rubio, believes that Tehran had influenced the election of Barham Salih as new Iraqi president and Adil Abdel-Mahdi as country’s prime minister. Rubio wrote on his official Twitter account that Iranian commander of Q ...

Iraq's president takes office, independent tapped as PM

FOX News - 2018-10-04 08:49
A veteran Kurdish politician assumed office on Wednesday as Iraq's new president after tapping an independent Shiite politician for the post of prime minister, ending nearly five months of political deadlock. ...

Iraqi president Barham Salih names Adel Abdul Mahdi PM-designate

E-Kurd - 2018-10-03 19:06
BAGHDAD,— Newly elected Iraqi President Barham Salih has named veteran Shi’ite politician Adel Abdul Mahdi as prime minister-designate and tasked him with forming a new government, two lawmakers told Reuters on Tuesday. According to Iraq’s constitution, ...

Newly elected Iraqi president Barham Salih takes office

E-Kurd - 2018-10-03 19:06
BAGHDAD,— A veteran Kurdish politician Barham Salih assumed office on Wednesday as Iraq’s new president after tapping an independent Shi’ite politician for the post of prime minister, ending nearly five months of political deadlock. Barham Salih, 58, who ...

New Iraq President Barham Saleh names Adel Abdul Mahdi as PM

IMPN - 2018-10-03 16:31
Iraq's new President Barham Saleh has named veteran Shia Islamist politician Adel Abdul Mahdi as prime minister-designate, ending months of deadlock. Mr Saleh, a Kurdish former deputy prime minister, was elected to the largely ceremonial post by MPs late ...

KRG PM Barzani meets Adil Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad

Waar Media - 2018-10-02 12:40
WAAR-DUHOK: KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, who is the KDP’s deputy. They met with Adil Abdul-Mahdi, a former oil minister in Iraq. Hussein was part of a delegation on Monday in Baghdad headed by KRG PM. The Iraqi parliament is scheduled to meet at ...

Nechirvan Barzani to Visit Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-10-01 12:40
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, who is also the vice president of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), is heading to Baghdad amid the talks over competitions for Iraqi president position. According to the information obtained ...

Iraq Plans to Increase Light Crude Oil to 1 Million Bpd in 2019

BAS News - 2018-10-01 09:19
ERBIL — In hopes of boosting state revenue, the Iraqi government plans to increase its light crude oil to 1 million barrels per day next year, oil minister Jabar al-Luaibi said. “This (decision) will boost Iraq’s position in the global oil markets by pro ...

KRG PM Barzani casts his vote in Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-09-30 13:12
WAAR-DUHOK: The prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani casted his vote as polls opened in Erbil. He is deputy head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). He encouraged eligible voters to go and cast their ballot. “I hope ...

Former French FM Says Fuad Hussein “Best Candidate” for Iraqi President

BAS News - 2018-09-30 12:00
ERBIL — Former French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, said he believes that Fuad Hussein is “the best candidate” for the position of Iraq’s president. Hussein is nominated by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) to run for president. He previously se ...

Polls Opened in Kurdistan Region for Parliamentary Election

BAS News - 2018-09-30 08:54
ERBIL — Polls were opened in the Kurdistan Region where the people cast their votes for the fifth round of parliament. Kurdistan electoral commission has said that 3,085,461 people are eligible to vote. Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani casted h ...

Iran, Syria Discuss Continued Cooperation on UNGA Sideline

BAS News - 2018-09-29 15:30
ERBIL — Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Java Zarif to discuss continued military cooperation between Damascus and Tehran. “The discussion revolved aro ...

Iraq Begins Gas Production in Nasiriyah Oilfield

BAS News - 2018-09-29 13:43
ERBIL — Iraq’s oil ministry announced on Saturday the beginning of gas production in Nasiriyah oilfield, south of the country. Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi said in a statement that the production in the first phase would be at a rate of 50 million cubic fee ...
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