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Washington Reiterates its Support for Erbil-Baghdad Peaceful Dialogue

BAS News - 2018-12-11 20:06
ERBIL - Washington has reiterated its support to the ongoing peaceful dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad to resolve the remaining issues between the sides, a senior US official said on Tuesday. Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received o ...

US Asks Falih Fayadh to Abandon Candidacy for Iraq’s Interior Minister

BAS News - 2018-12-10 13:07
ERBIL — The United States has asked Iraqi politician Falih Fayadh to withdraw his candidacy for the position of Iraqi interior minister in Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s cabinet, a report claimed. Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar cited an anonymous source ...

UK Highlights KRG’s Will for Reform

BAS News - 2018-12-10 10:57
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Monday the British Ambassador to Iraq, Jon Wilks, and his accompanying delegation to discuss regional politics, including the relations between Erbil and Baghdad. According to the read ...

Parliamentary Voting on Iraq’s Remaining Ministers Delayed Again

BAS News - 2018-12-09 11:43
ERBIL — The Iraqi parliament is set to convene on Sunday, but it has once again put off voting on the eight remaining ministers for Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s cabinet. According to the official agenda of Sunday’s meeting, the parliament would disc ...

EU Hopeful about Masrour Barzani’s Future Role as Prime Minister

BAS News - 2018-12-06 14:50
ERBIL — The European Union has welcomed the nomination of Masrour Barzani to lead the next government of Kurdistan Region in the position of prime minister, said Dilawar Azhgayi, head of KRG’s EU mission. Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) representativ ...

Iraqi Parliament Rejects Abadi’s List of Suggested Ambassadors

BAS News - 2018-12-06 13:14
ERBIL — Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi sent back a list of nominated ambassadors, previously suggested by former PM Haider al-Abadi, to the government for revision. Former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had submitted 28 names as the countr ...

Iraq's Hikma Party Welcomes Masrour Barzani's Nomination for Premiership

BAS News - 2018-12-05 18:32
ERBIL - Iraqi Hikma party, led by Ammar al-Hakim, has welcomed the nomination of Masrour Barzani by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for the position of Kurdistan Region prime minister, expressing support for young and new politicians for such posts. ...

Iraqi Elections: A Loss for the US, an Even Bigger Loss for Iran

Diliman Abdulkader - 2018-12-05 01:49
Iraq just held its first elections since the defeat of the so called Islamic State. The victory over the terror group was led by Prime Minister Haider al Abadi as he affirmed, “our forces fully control the Iraqi-Syrian border, and thus we can announce the ...

Israel, Turkey and the Kurdish question

Diliman Abdulkader - 2018-12-05 00:54
I’am not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villagers in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, who helps Iran get around international sanctions,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response to Turkish Pre ...

Kurdistan PM, Lebanese FM Discuss Politics Across Iraq

BAS News - 2018-12-04 22:32
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Tuesday a Lebanese delegation led by the country's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil for talks on the latest political developments in Iraq and Kurdistan Region. Barzani's office said in ...

UN Envoy Welcomes Masrour Barzani’s Nomination for Kurdistan Premiership

BAS News - 2018-12-04 13:40
ERBIL — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubis, has welcomed the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) decision to nominate Masrour Barzani for the position of Kurdistan Region Prime Minister. The KDP announce ...

How the Barzanis are looking to consolidate power in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2018-12-04 13:22
Amberin Zaman | Al-monitor Iraqi Kurdistan’s dominant clan announced on Monday that it was nominating Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to succeed his uncle Massoud Barzani as president of the Kurdistan Regional Government. A spokesman for the Kurdistan D ...

PUK Given No Ministries in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-12-04 09:44
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has so far given no ministerial positions in the new government of Iraq led by Prime Minister Adil Abdul-mahdi. Following weeks of delay at the result of political disputes, Abdul-Mahdi revealed the names fo ...

KDP nominates Nechirvan Barzani and Masrour Barzani to top KRG posts

Waar Media - 2018-12-03 20:23
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraq’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) said on Monday it had nominated current premier Nechirvan Barzani to president of Iraqi Kurdistan, and Masrour as Prime Minister of KRG. Masrour Barzani is currently Iraqi Kurdistan’s security chief. Bo ...

PUK welcomes KDP nominees for Iraqi Kurdistan president, prime minister

E-Kurd - 2018-12-03 18:57
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) politburo member Sadi Ahmed Pira said on Monday that his party welcomed the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) nominees for president of the Kurdistan Region and prime minister. “We ...

Kurdish Parties Welcome Masrour Barzani’s Nomination for Premiership

BAS News - 2018-12-03 14:16
ERBIL — Several Kurdish political parties have welcomed the nomination of Masrour Barzani by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for the position of Kurdistan Region prime minister. As an initial reaction, spokesperson for the Patriotic Union of Kurdist ...

Who is Masrour Barzani, the KDP’s Nominee for Kurdistan Prime Minister

BAS News - 2018-12-03 12:13
Masrour Barzani, who currently serves as the chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), has been nominated by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for the position of prime minister of Kurdistan Region. - Masrour Masoud Mustafa Barzani was b ...

The Plight of Completion Adel Abdul Mahdi’s Government

E-Kurd - 2018-12-03 03:59
Dr. Diyari Salih | Exclusive to Ekurd.net On October 24, the new Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi managed to get the parliamentary approval on 14 out of 22 ministries in his cabinet. Since then, political parties have suffered from many tensions bec ...

No Country Allowed to Use Iraq to Harm Iran: Malik

BAS News - 2018-12-02 18:36
ERBIL - Iraq would not join any coalitions supported by the US and Saudi Arabia against the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraqi Shi’ite politician and former prime minister of the country, Nouri al-Maliki, said. The powerful Shi'ite leader made the remarks d ...

Israeli police recommend indicting Netanyahu in telecom case

Waar Media - 2018-12-02 17:18
WAAR-DUHOK: Israeli police on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu on bribery charges related to a corruption case involving Israel’s telecom giant, prompting immediate calls for his resignation. Poli ...

PM Barzani Sends Condolences on the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

BAS News - 2018-12-02 10:10
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has offered condolences on the passing of former US President George H. W. Bush, saying he will be remembered by the people of Kurdistan. “I offer deepest condolences to the people of the United S ...

Barzani has not Abandoned the Path of Independence Referendum: Maliki

BAS News - 2018-12-02 10:10
ERBIL — Powerful Iraqi Shi’ite politician and former prime minister of the country, Nouri al-Maliki has stated that Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani has not abandoned the path he took during the referendum on Kurdistan independence. Speaking in an interview ...

Voting on remaining ministers will take place on Tuesday

Waar Media - 2018-12-01 21:45
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi parliament to convene this week and vote on the remaining ministers of the new cabinet. Iraqi parliament is expected to convene this week in hopes of voting on whether to approve the remaining eight candidates for Prime Minister Adel Ab ...

UK Encourages Investment in Kurdistan: PM’s Envoy

BAS News - 2018-11-29 13:18
ERBIL — The United Kingdom is willing to encourage British businessmen to invest in different sectors of Kurdistan Region, a British delegation gave the message during a visit to Erbil. UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Iraq, Baroness Nicholson, undersc ...

Kurdistan PM Discusses Trade with Turkish Delegation

BAS News - 2018-11-26 15:48
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Monday a delegation from Turkish Chambers of Commerce to talk about trade between Kurdistan Region and Turkey. The delegation, expressed willingness to further develop economic ties wi ...

Public Awareness Key to Elimination of Violence against Women: PM Barzani

BAS News - 2018-11-25 14:37
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani attended an event to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls on 25 November, emphasizing that the rise of public awareness is the key to end violence aga ...

Brookings: Can Iraq’s new leadership win (and keep) the peace?

Justice for Kurds - 2018-11-25 10:53
Iraq now has a new government in place, six months after holding elections against a backdrop of a long period of political instability and social unrest. With the new leadership of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi and President Barham Salih—both widely to ...

Iraq to unify customs procedures with Kurdistan, PM says

E-Kurd - 2018-11-22 16:27
BAGHDAD,— Iraq will unify customs procedures in all of its border areas, including within semi-autonomous Kurdistan, the prime minister said on Wednesday, signaling a further thaw in ties between Baghdad and Erbil after a resumption of Kirkuk oil flows. ...

Barzani Meets with Hadi al-Ameri in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-11-22 13:28
ERBIL — Prominent Kurdish leader and the president of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani, met on Thursday with Hadi al-Ameri, the leader of Iraqi Shi’ite Fatih (Conquest) Alliance in Baghdad. Barzani met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul ...

Draft Agreements and Daft Disagreements: The Brexit Drama Continues

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2018-11-21 22:44
Last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May spent three hours facing a barrage of hostile questions in the House of Commons. Unsurprisingly, many questions attacked her draft Withdrawal Agreement for the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” from the European Unio ...

Iraq to unify customs procedures with Kurdistan, PM says

Reuters - 2018-11-21 21:31
Iraq will unify customs procedures in all of its border areas, including within semi-autonomous Kurdistan, the prime minister said on Wednesday, signaling a further thaw in ties between Baghdad and Erbil after a resumption of Kirkuk oil flows. ...

Massoud Barzani arrives in Iraqi capital in first post-referendum visit

E-Kurd - 2018-11-21 20:21
BAGHDAD,— Former Kurdistan region president and the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Massoud Barzani arrived on Wednesday in Baghdad, where he is scheduled to meet with the Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi. “Barzani is supposed to meet ...

Barzani hopeful for resolving disputes with Baghdad

Waar Media - 2018-11-20 16:47
WAAR-Duhok: We see “positive gesture” that will help resolve the constitutional dispute between Erbil and Baghdad, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said Monday. “Now that a new government is in place in Baghdad, we hope we will be able to resolve all ...

Prime Minster Barzani Meets AUK and GSMSG Delegation

The American University of Kurdistan - 2018-11-20 02:00
Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – November 18, 2018. Prime Minister, Nechrivan Barzani received a delegation from The American University of Kurdistan (AUK) and The Global Surgical and Medical Support Group (GSMSG). As part of AUK’s plan to establish the ...

May: Next 7 days are critical

Waar Media - 2018-11-18 20:53
WAAR-Duhok: May: Next 7 days are critical Britain’s besieged Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Sunday that a leadership change wouldn’t make Brexit negotiations easier, as opponents in her Conservative Party threaten to unseat her. As furious Conserva ...

We Deserve Deputy Prime Minister: Gorran

BAS News - 2018-11-18 12:30
ERBIL — The Change Movement (Gorran) deserves to have the position of deputy prime minister if it decides to participated in the next Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), said an official. The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has initiated talks over gov ...

Iraqi PM to Visit US: MP

BAS News - 2018-11-18 09:48
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi will soon visit Washington where he is expected to meet with President Donald Trump. Iraqi MP from the Hikmah Movement, Jasim Mohan, confirmed that Mahdi will possibly visit Paris first and then flies to Wash ...

Kurdistan PM, US Delegation Review Erbil-Baghdad Relations

BAS News - 2018-11-16 23:52
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Friday a diplomatic delegation from the United States, headed by Andrew Peek, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran. The sides exchanged views on the latest political d ...

Iraqi PM to Visit US, Demand Longer Exemption for Trade with Iran: Report

BAS News - 2018-11-15 14:37
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi is considering a visit to the United States to ask Washington to extend its exemption which allows Iraq to continue its energy purchases from Iran under sanctions. Saudi Okaz newspaper reported on Thursday th ...

IS Militants Trying to Infiltrate Iraqi Borders: PM

BAS News - 2018-11-14 09:08
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday that Islamic State (IS) insurgents are now attempting to cross the Syrian border into Iraq as they continue losing territories. Speaking to reporters during a weekly press conference, Mahdi ex ...

Iraqi PM Hails “Good Ties” Between Erbil and Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-11-13 23:00
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday that the relations between the central government of Iraq and the regional government in Kurdistan Region was “good”. “We have good relations with the Kurdistan Regional government. We will so ...

Maliki’s Bloc Supports Autonomy for Basra

BAS News - 2018-11-10 10:18
ERBIL — An Iraqi Shi’ite political leader from the State of Law Coalition, led by former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, has expressed support for the establishment of an autonomous region in Basra. The oil-rich province of Basra, south of Iraq, has been ...

Iraqi Parliament to Discuss Budget Bill, Provincial Election

BAS News - 2018-11-10 08:44
ERBIL — The Iraqi parliament is scheduled to meet on Saturday and discuss the 2019 budget bill after it was already once rejected. Parliamentary factions have been in disputes recently over the budget bill which was prepared by former Prime Minister Haid ...

New Iraqi Govt. Includes 5 Ministers from Online Applications

BAS News - 2018-11-08 10:42
ERBIL — The new Iraqi government has selected five of its ministers from the thousands of applicants who sent their resumes for the positions via an online portal, said Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s office. The cabinet has so far received the parliam ...

Masrour Barzani Hopes PM Abdul-Mahdi Begins New Chapter

BAS News - 2018-11-07 14:33
ERBIL — The Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, has expressed hopes for the new Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to begin a new chapter in the relations between Erbil and Baghdad. Barzani discussed the issue whil ...

Initial Agreement Made on Iraqi Government Lineup: Source

BAS News - 2018-11-05 14:49
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and major political factions have reached an initial agreement to fill the eight remaining ministerial positions in the new cabinet. A source confirmed to BasNews that Mahdi now has the approval of the politi ...

Sri Lanka: Stepping Back from a Constitutional Crisis

International Crisis Group - 2018-10-31 15:09
The return to power of controversial former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Sri Lanka's prime minister is unconstitutional and destabilising. International actors should make future security and economic cooperation contingent on parliament reconvening im ...
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