Washington welcomes Barzani’s visit to Baghdad and denies playing mediating role

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) – Washington welcomed the visit of the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Massoud Barzani to Baghdad, denying any role in mediating between the two sides.


“The US is encouraging dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil,” said US State Department spokeswoman Heather Noiret on Wednesday, while denying that there is “any role for the government of its country in the visit of the President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Massoud Barzani to Baghdad.”


Barzani held a visit to Baghdad several days ago, during which he held a series of talks with senior Iraqi officials in Baghdad, led by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, on the first visit since the independence referendum held by the Kurds last year.

“America did not have any role in the discussions that took place in that visit, but we always encourage the parties to dialogue to resolve all the contentious issues.” (1)



Masrour Barzani Discusses Security, Diplomatic Issues with US, EU Envoys


Masrour Barzani Discusses Security, Diplomatic Issues with US, EU Envoys

ERBIL – Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani received on Wednesday the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove and US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman to discuss the latest political and security developments across Iraq.

Chancellor Barzani, in his meeting with the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator where Ambassador to Iraq Ramon Blecua was present as well, underlined certain causes, including political ones, behind the re-emergence of the Islamic State (IS) in the liberated areas, specifically in disputed Kurdish territories, according to a statement by Barzani’s office.

“The pair stressed on the need for reconstruction and basic services in territories cleared from IS, rehabilitation programmes, and for regional countries to take a stronger lead combating extremist ideology,” the statement added.

The Kurdish top security official further underlined the relationship between the new Iraqi government and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Ambassador Blecua, in return, reaffirmed EU’s support for the Kurdistan Region’s security sector reform.

Meanwhile, the Kurdish leader, in a separate meeting, held talks with the US envoy on the political process of Iraq and the formation of a new government in the region, Barzani’s Press office said.

“During the meeting, both sides agreed that technical and security cooperation between Erbil and Baghdad can build the trust necessary to address the unresolved political disputes, welcoming the resumption of oil exports from Kirkuk as an important step forward in that effort,” the statement reads.

Barzani reiterated Kurdistan Region’s support for Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi in filling the remaining ministerial posts and security portfolios in a manner that promotes cooperation and reforms.

They also reviewed the recent Kurdish high-level visit to Baghdad, Najaf and the Gulf.


Britain praises Kurdistan’s financial reforms and expresses its opinion on the customs points with Baghdad

Britain praises Kurdistan's financial reforms and expresses its opinion on customs points with Baghdad
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The Minister of Finance and Economy of the Kurdistan Regional Government (RBI), Reebaz Halaman, received on Wednesday the Special Envoy of the British Prime Minister Baroness Nicholson and a delegation accompanied by the inclusion of British Ambassador to Iraq John Wilkes and the British Consul General to the Kurdistan Region Martin War.

The British envoy talked about the success of the region in overcoming the previous situation, praising the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Kurdistan, especially the remarkable and significant reforms achieved in one year, as well as the facilities granted to British companies.

The statement added that Rabaz Hablan referred to the economic and financial relations between the region and the British companies and thanked the British government for support, referring to the reforms carried out by his ministry in the fields of banks, border crossings, airports, customs and taxes and make them electronic.

Halaman pointed out that the region is making great strides towards prosperity in the economic aspects and granting the necessary facilities for foreign investment in the region.

The statement pointed out that the relations between Erbil and Baghdad were another axis of the meeting, especially raising customs points between the region and Baghdad and the share of Kurds from the draft law of the Iraqi budget for the year 2019 and the unification of customs between the two sides.




The central bank directs banks not to grant the dollar to those wishing to travel to Iran

Economy News _ Baghdad

The Central Bank of Iraq, on Wednesday, banks and exchange companies authorized not to grant the dollar to those wishing to travel to Iran.

A document issued by the Central Bank and obtained “Economy News” a copy, not to grant the dollar currency to those wishing to travel to the Islamic Republic of Iran and possible to replace the dollar in another currency.
The document referred to the contents of the announcement of the president of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce on the cancellation of the dollar in trade with Iraq.

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Mr. Ammar Hakim Kubic: Moving forward in institutionalizing the Alliance of Reform and Reconstruction

Editorial Date: 2018/11/28 14:40

[Baghdad: Al-Furat News} The head of the Alliance for Reform and Reconstruction, Mr. Ammar al-Hakim to proceed with the steps institutionalized the Alliance of Reform and Reconstruction.

A statement of his office received by the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of today confirmed Mr. Ammar al-Hakim during a meeting with the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Jan Kubic “the importance of harmony of the three presidencies in order to promote the country and achieve the desired reform.”

As he renewed his support for the government in the implementation of the government curriculum and the advancement of the services and the requirements of our people ”

He said,” We in the Alliance of Reform and Reconstruction go forward in the steps institutionalized the coalition, which is an important input in promoting political stability in the country. ”

Mr. Ammar Hakim Kubic congratulations on his election as President To the Alliance for Reform and Reconstruction, and thanked the effort and the UN mission in assisting Iraq in the framework of the end of his mission in the country. ”

During the meeting, the latest political situation in the country and the region and efforts to complete the cabinet. is over


Massoud Barzani reveals his understanding of “good” understandings with Baghdad on the disputed


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The leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, on Wednesday to reach “understandings” good with Baghdad to resolve the problems of disputed areas, and normalization of conditions in accordance with Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution.

Barzani told a news conference in Arbil today to review the results of his tour to Baghdad before the public opinion, “always let us resolve the differences and outstanding issues between Arbil and Baghdad through dialogue So we went to Baghdad to show our good and we sat with everyone and none of our steps at the expense of Our principles and our strategies “.

“We have held serious dialogues in Baghdad on the Kurdistan regions taken from the province of Kurdistan,” revealing the achievement of understandings “good” to solve the problems of those areas through dialogues and Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution.



Barzani’s policy : If Abdul-Mahdi, as Abadi did with Kurdistan, this is the end of everything

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“The leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, that the current Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi,” does not harm “the people of Kurdistan.

In a press conference in Arbil after a visit to Baghdad and the Gulf states, Barzani, for example, hit an example. “I never imagine that Abdul Mahdi will do what his predecessor did,” he said, referring to Haidar al-Abbadi.

“If that happens, it means the end of everything.”

But Barzani stressed that Abdul Mahdi, “not those who want to harm the people of Kurdistan.”

Barzani was one of the first leaders to declare his support for the government of Abdul Mahdi, and confirmed this during his visit to Baghdad.