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US Delegation Visits Barzani, Underscores Resumption of Kirkuk Oil Export

BAS News - 2018-11-17 13:16
ERBIL — A US delegation headed by Andrew Peek, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran, met with the Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, on Saturday to discuss the latest developments in the relation ...

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 ...

Jan Kubis to Move to Lebanon as New UN Coordinator

BAS News - 2018-11-14 10:25
ERBIL — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubis, has already been appointed as new United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL), Asharq Al-Awsat reported. The newspaper said the report was confirm ...

Pompeo: Iran impact Kurdistan Region and Iraq

Waar Media - 2018-11-07 22:16
WAAR-DUHOK: Regarding the impact of Iran on Kurdistan Region and Iraq, the US secretary of state said Join Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) didn’t stand in the way of Iran’simpact. “The JCPOA agreement with Iran didn’t impede the impact and the press ...

PM Barzani, UN Envoy Discuss Iraqi, Kurdistan's Politics

BAS News - 2018-11-07 16:11
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Wednesday the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubis for discussions on the political process in the region and Iraq. Barzani's press office said in a s ...

US: 8 countries will enjoy temporary exempt from Iran sanctions

Waar Media - 2018-11-05 22:42
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States will exempt 8 countries from sanctions on Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. Mike Pompeo listed these 8 countries: China, India, Turkey, Japan, Italy, South Korea, Taiwan and Greece. Pompeo also said: These 8 ...

Iraq Not Among Countries to Receive a Wavier from Iran Sanctions

BAS News - 2018-11-05 16:48
ERBIL - The US has announced eight countries on Monday which will be allowed to continue to do business with the Islamic Republic of Iran for a certain period of time, while Iraq is not on the list. The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said t ...

Mattis and Pompeo urge ceasefire in Yemen

Waar Media - 2018-10-31 10:27
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis (L) and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo WAAR-DUHOK: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have both called for a swift cessation of hostilities in Yemen. Mattis said the US wanted to see all sid ...

Iraq's Mahdi al-Alaq Replaced with Another Official

BAS News - 2018-10-28 19:19
ERBIL - The Secretary-General of the Iraqi Council of Ministers Mahdi al-Alaq has been replaced with another official, a source said on Sunday. The source told Shafaq News that the position was transferred to Hamid Naeem Ghazi who previously served as th ...

Pompeo Congratulates Adil Abdul-Mahdi on His Premiership

BAS News - 2018-10-25 23:42
ERBIL - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has congratulated the new Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi on his official confirmation as the new premier of the country, reiterating Washington's support for concluding the process of establishing the new government. ...

Mnuchin: US may imposes sanctions on Iraq over Iran

Waar Media - 2018-10-23 11:20
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin WAAR-DUHOK: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday it will be harder for countries to get waivers on Iran oil sanctions than during the Obama administration and dismissed concerns that oil prices coul ...

Peshmerga Ministry Establishes Official Media Center

BAS News - 2018-10-22 13:59
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs on Monday established a media center to officially connect the ministry and the public. According to an online statement by Jabbar Yawar, the ministry’s secretary general, the center was inaugurate ...

Russian security chief, John Bolton start talks in Moscow

Waar Media - 2018-10-22 12:01
US National Security Adviser John Bolton WAAR-DUHOK: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev started talks on Monday in Moscow with US National Security Adviser John Bolton, Patrushev’s Spokesman Yevgeny Anoshin said. “A meeting between Niko ...

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 ...

Pompeo to visit Turkey after Riyadh over Khashoggi

Waar Media - 2018-10-16 13:10
Someone holds a poster of Jamal Khashoggi outside Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 8, 2018. WAAR-DUHOK: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Turkey after his meeting with Saudi King Salman over the disappearance of journ ...

PM Barzani Receives US Deputy Secretary of State

BAS News - 2018-10-16 06:23
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Monday the US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, where they discussed various political issues. According to a statement by Barzani's office, during the meeting, where the US ambassador to I ...

Pompeo: US will not support any Syria’s future platform without Kurds

Waar Media - 2018-10-12 13:45
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a speech delivered to the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA). WAAR-DUHOK: Syria’s Kurds “have been great partners,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday evening in Washington DC, ...

Reports of PUK Leader’s Prevention from Entering Erbil Refuted

BAS News - 2018-10-10 09:30
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has rejected the reports claiming that its first deputy secretary general, Kosrat Rasoul, was prevented from traveling to Erbil. “These reports are totally baseless, and they are fabricated with the intentio ...

Barzani receives UN’s Jan Kubis in Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-10-09 16:57
President of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzan and Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubis. WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish prominent leader and the president of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzan ...

Masrour Barzani, UN Envoy Discuss Recent Iraqi Politics

BAS News - 2018-10-09 16:32
ERBIL - Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Masrour Barzani received on Tuesday the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubis, for talks on the recent political developments in Iraq and the region. According t ...

UN Envoy Visits Barzani, Congratulates Him on “Successful Election”

BAS News - 2018-10-09 13:40
ERBIL — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubis, visited Kurdish prominent leader and the president of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani, on Tuesday in Erbil. Kubis congratulated Barzani on th ...

Kim, Pompeo agree to 2nd US-North Korea summit ‘at earliest date’

Waar Media - 2018-10-08 15:16
A photo from the North Korean government, shows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. WAAR-DUHOK: Kim Jong Un has agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump as soon as possible, Seoul said Sunday, afte ...

Barzani receives Sec-General of Arab Project in Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-10-07 19:40
President Barzani and Secretary-general of the Arab Project in Iraq, Khamis Al Khanjar. WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish prominent leader and president of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) received on Sunday the secretary-general of the Arab Project in Iraq, Khami ...

Barzani, Head of Arab Project in Iraq Discuss Iraq’s Politics

BAS News - 2018-10-07 17:41
ERBIL - Kurdish prominent leader and president of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) received on Sunday the secretary-general of the Arab Project in Iraq, Khamis Al Khanjar. During the meeting, according to a statement by Barzani's press office, the Ir ...

Pompeo to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Sunday

Waar Media - 2018-10-07 15:39
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a meeting at Workers’ Party of Korea headquarters in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 9. WAAR-DUHOK: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit North Korea on Sund ...

Pompeo: Progress made with Kim Jong Un on 4th N. Korea trip

Waar Media - 2018-10-07 15:39
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un for around two hours Sunday morning in the North’s capital, where denuclearisation and a second US-North Korean summit were expected to be high on the agenda. WAAR-DUHOK: U.S. Secretary of State Mike ...

Pompeo: Tehran - a Threats to Washington Missions in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-10-03 21:08
ERBIL - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized on Wednesday the performance of Iran in Iraq, saying that Tehran is the origin of the current threats to Washington missions in the country Pompeo made the remarks days after he announced the closure o ...

UN Welcomes Designation of Adil Abdel-Mahdi as New Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2018-10-03 14:11
BAGHDAD — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, welcomes the designation of Mr. Adel Abdel-Mahdi to form Iraq’s next government. Just as the United Nations supported Iraq during the difficult fight ag ...

US, Turkey Begin Training for Joint Patrol in Manbij

BAS News - 2018-10-02 10:32
ERBIL — US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday his country had started the trainings with the Turkish armed forces in preparation for joint patrol operations in Manbij area of northern Syria. “The training now is under way and we’ll just have to ...

UN Envoy Meets with Barzani after “Successful” Election

BAS News - 2018-10-01 17:12
ERBIL — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubis, met with influential Kurdish leader masoud Barzani on Monday in Erbil to discuss the political development, including Kurdistan’s parliamentary election a day ...

Gorran Envoy in UK Resigns for Losing Election

BAS News - 2018-10-01 11:55
ERBIL — The secretary of Change Movement’s (Gorran) representative council in the UK has handed in his resignation from the position after his party misperformance in Sunday’s Kurdistan parliamentary election. Ariyan Tawagozi wrote on his official Facebo ...

Kurdistan Election “Orderly and Organized”: UN Envoy

BAS News - 2018-09-30 10:47
ERBIL — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubis paid a visit to the polling stations in Erbil during Kurdistan’s parliamentary election, describing the process as “orderly and organized”. Kubis expressed del ...

Iraq Concerned over US Decision to Close Down Consulate in Basra

BAS News - 2018-09-29 09:43
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has expressed concern over a decision by US State Department to close down its consulate office in Basra. “We are concerned over US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision to close down the consulate in Basra and relocating ...

Iraq Facing Billions of Dinars Budget Deficit

BAS News - 2018-09-27 13:39
ERBIL — Iraq’s Ministry of Finance has revealed that the country is facing nearly 19 billion Dinar budget deficit for the fiscal year of 2018. Secretary of Iraq’s Ministry of Finance, Mahir Hamad, said in a statement that the deficit is due to a signific ...

Erdogan: Court will decide fate of detained U.S. pastor

Waar Media - 2018-09-26 14:17
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said a Turkish court, not politicians, will decide the fate of an American pastor whose detention on terrorism charges has hit relations between Ankara and Washington. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said ...

Trump: No Plan to Meet with Iran’s Rouhani

BAS News - 2018-09-25 13:36
ERBIL — US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he has no plans to meet with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani is now in New York to attend the UN General Assembly. There were previous reports saying that the US president and secretary o ...

Pompeo: Trump willing to meet with Rouhani at UN

Waar Media - 2018-09-24 08:58
WAAR-DUHOK: President Donald Trump is willing to meet with Iran’s Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations this week, said U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo — even as another top official took credit for the U.S. sending Iran’s economy into free-fall wi ...

Trump Open to Meet with Iranian Officials at UN Assembly: Pompeo

BAS News - 2018-09-24 00:23
ERBIL - The US President Donald Trump is ready to have a "constructive" dialogue with the Iranian representatives, State Secretary Mike Pompeo stated during an interview released on Sunday. "I think the president has been pretty clear about that. He is h ...

Kurdistan Premier, US Secretary of State Discuss Iraq’s Politics

BAS News - 2018-09-23 10:35
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a phone conversation on Sunday to review the lates developments in the region. According to the information obtained by BasNews, the pair mainly discusse ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Militia Threatens US Presence in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-09-20 21:32
ERBIL - If Washington imposes any sanctions on Qais al-Khazali’s As-Saib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) and Akram al-Kaabi’s Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, the US's political interests in Iraq will be in danger, deputy secretary of al-Nujaba, Nasr al-Shamari, warned on ...

Pompeo Congratulates New Iraqi Parliament Speaker

BAS News - 2018-09-20 00:32
ERBIL - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated in a phone call on Wednesday the new Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi on his new post. During the phone call, the pair also exchanged views on underway efforts to form a new government ...

KDP Refutes Allegation of Nechirvan Barzani Running for Iraqi Presidency

BAS News - 2018-09-19 13:24
ERBIL — The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has refuted the reports claiming that Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan will run for the position of Iraq’s president. Fazil Mirani, the Secretary of KDP politburo, told Kurdistan 24 that Nechri ...

Turkish FM, US's Pompeo Discuss Syria's Situation by Phone

BAS News - 2018-09-18 21:38
ERBIL - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a phone call on Tuesday with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the latest political developments in Syria, a report said. Anadolu Agency cited a Turkish diplomatic source who spoke on con ...

US Warns to Respond "Swiftly" to Attacks by Iranian Allies in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-09-12 10:11
ERBIL - The US has warned Iran to respond swiftly and decisively" to any offensives by the Islamic Republic's allies in Iraq that cause any harms to Americans or the western country's facilities. The White House press secretary in a statement on Tuesday ...

Barzani Receives UN Envoy to Discuss Political Developments

BAS News - 2018-09-11 15:35
ERBIL — Prominent Kurdish leader and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, received on Tuesday the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubiš, to discuss the latest political and security develo ...

Bob Woodward: Trump wanted Syria’s Assad assassinated

Waar Media - 2018-09-05 12:42
WAAR-DUHOK: U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assassinated last year but his defense secretary ignored the request, according to a new book that depicts top Trump aides sometimes disregarding presidential orders ...

UN Urges Calm and Speedy Formation of Govt. to Tackle Crisis in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-09-05 10:22
Baghdad (UNAMI) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, expresses grave concern over the casualties during violent protests over the lack of critical public services in Basra. He offers condole ...

KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani receives UN Envoy in Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-09-02 23:49
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Sunday the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Jan Kubis, where they exchanged views on the latest political developments in Iraq. The officials, during the meeting ...

PM Barzani, UN Envoy Discuss Iraqi Future Government Formation

BAS News - 2018-09-02 21:20
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Sunday the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Jan Kubis, where they exchanged views on the latest political developments in Iraq. The officials, during the meeting, st ...

The Hill: American allies wanted — why Kurdistan may be one

Justice for Kurds - 2018-09-02 04:20
Following a new executive order for “biting sanctions” against Iran, United States-Iran tensions have intensified. Recently in several Iranian cities protests signal a growing panic. As U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at The Pentagon recently that ...

UN Appoints New Envoy to Iraq

BAS News - 2018-09-01 11:41
ERBIL — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed a new envoy to Iraq to succeed Jan Kubis. The incoming envoy is Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert who previously served as Netherlands Defence Minister between 2012 and 2017. She will be heading the Un ...

PM Barzani Receives Secretary General of Arab Universities

BAS News - 2018-08-30 19:16
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Thursday the Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, Amro Ezzat Salama for talks on bilateral ties. During his first visit to Erbil, the former Minister of Higher Education and ...

Barzani receives call phone from U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo

Waar Media - 2018-08-30 10:26
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish prominent leader Masoud Barzani received on Wednesday evening a phone call from the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for talks on the latest political developments in Iraq. According to a statement by Barzani’s office, a copy of whic ...
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