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Monday, 05 Aug 2019

ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani received on Monday the new Iranian Consul General to Erbil.

Barzani and Nasrollah Rashnoudi reviewed the bilateral ties during a meeting and discussed the possibilities to foster Erbil-Tehran relations, especially in the areas of trade and economy.

The new Iranian consul general congratulated PM Barzani on the formation of the new cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

In return, PM Barzani wished Rashnoudi success in his new position, according to the Kurdish readout of the meeting.

 

 

 

Thursday, 28 Feb 2019

By MOHAMMED HUSSEIN of Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. Published Friday, March 1st, 2019 SULAIMANIYA - The Trump administration's decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran has forced the Kurdistan region - like the rest of Iraq - into a difficult balancing act. The U.S. government has provided the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) with essential military and financial support; yet as a neighboring country, Iran has built long-term economic, security, and political ties that cannot be quickly or easily altered. One case in point came on Feb. 14, when the KRG Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) - under U.S. pressure - issued an order banning all exports of crude and fuel to Iran. A week later, the MNR issued a follow-up directive that clarified the earlier order was only meant to stop illicit smuggling; licensed refiners and permit holders could once again send trucks through KRG crossing points into Iran. Nazm Dabakh is the KRG's representative in Iran. (As an autonomous region, the KRG does not have a formal diplomatic presence in Tehran, but Dabakh essentially functions as an official emissary.) He spoke with Iraq Oil Report by phone about the state of Iran-KRG relations, the see-sawing orders from the MNR, and the challenges of diplomacy with Iran in the era of renewed U.S. sanctions. 

Mohammed Hussein: How do you see trade relations between the Iraqi Kurdistan region and Iran?

Nazm Dabakh: I think the current trade relations between Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran are fragile, weak, and unstable. Trade activities need guarantees, security, and normal exchange of money. Currently, none of these conditions exist.

MH: The volume of trade in both directions seems to be increasing. Why do you say the relations aren't stable? 

ND: Traders on both sides have a hard time exchanging money to U.S. dollars. They are suffering with very volatile money exchange rates. They also have issues transferring money. All these factors made their market unstable. However, trade and economic relations between Kurdistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran are still ongoing. We have always tried to get the Kurdistan region to organize its relations with Iran within the framework of the Iraqi federal government.

MH: Do you mean the Kurdistan region can’t have any special relations or commercial exchange with Iran, apart of what Baghdad has?

ND: Yes, Kurdistan’s relations have always been treated as part of the relations between Iraq and Iran. We are totally committed to Iraq’s foreign relation policy. It also complies with the agreements between Erbil and Baghdad. It is part of the bigger agreements Erbil and Baghdad have reached to put border crossings back under the control of thefederal government.  

 

MH: Sometimes the KRG's decisions are not stable regarding trade relations with Iran. Just this month, Kurdistan halted all oil exports to Iran, and then a week later issued another clarifying that all the refineries and companies that have proper permits are exempt from the export ban.

ND: I do not see it as instability in Kurdistan’s trade policy. In the first place, when the order of the export ban was issued, I said it was a temporary decision, and would not last for a long time. If Iraq does not stop its oil exports to Iran, why would we stop it? [Editor's note: The federal Oil Ministry says it stopped all export trucking to Iran before U.S. sanctions snapped back into effect in November 2018.]

 

MH: If Erbil organizes its relations based on Iraq’s foreign trade relations with Iran - and if Iraq has no such ban, as you say - why would Erbil ban the oil exports in the first place?

ND: The Kurdistan Regional Government has its own reason to ban the oil exports. It basically wanted to prevent oil smuggling. 
If you look at the second order, it clearly allows [exports from] all the refineries and companies that have work permits in Iraq and Kurdistan. Therefore, I can say that the export ban was as an effort to prevent oil smuggling.

 

MH: Do you think the second order, to exempt permitted refineries and companies from the export ban, was issued because of diplomatic contact between Kurdistan and Iran?

ND: No. I think it was purely based on Kurdistan’s interests. Why would you ban oil exports to Iran while the same exports are ongoing from all other places to Iran? Why should Kurdistan alone undermine its interests and trade relations? Meanwhile, preventing oil smuggling is also in favor of Kurdistan. So, I can say the both orders were issued based on Kurdistan’s interests, not anything else.

MH: You said that one reason behind the MNR's Feb. 14 order to ban exports was an effort to prevent smuggling. Are Iranian officials also concerned about smuggling? If so, what actions are being taken or proposed within Iran to combat this?

ND: I can talk only about the Kurdistan government's position, which is clearly against smuggling. The order to ban oil exports was aimed at preventing the trade of any smuggled oil.

 

 

https://www.iraqoilreport.com/news/qa-nazm-dabakh-krg-representative-to-iran-37587/

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 01 Aug 2018

ERBIL - The military confrontation between the Kurdish opposition armed group and the Islamic Republic of Iran does not resolve the issues between sides as much as diplomatic means do, the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) representative to Tehran Nazim Dabbagh said on Monday.

Speaking to BasNews, the Kurdish envoy hoped that the Kurdish sides continue their activities through diplomatic, political, social, and intellectual methods, urging them to avoid military conflict as it might ruin the security of the Kurdistan Region.

"Based on [our] experience, military conflicts do not help us get close to our goals as much as diplomatic means do," Dabbagh said. "Apart from the fact that such confrontations only please the enemies of Kurds, the Kurdistan Region and Islamic Republic of Iran, I have sometimes heard that the activities were denied to have been carried out by the political sides present in the Kurdistan Region."

Concerning the death penalties against the Kurdish activists in Iran, the Kurdish official explained to BasNews that it is part of the country's policies to ensure its national security.

"This happens in whole world, including the Kurdistan Region. For instance, if the Kurdistan Region feels there is an activity against its regional security, and arrests some people accused of the issues, how would the Kurdistan Region react to it, in your opinion?," Dabbagh argued.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 04 Nov 2017

TEHRAN – Nazem Dabbagh, a representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), says the Islamic Republic of Iran’s policy towards the KRG has always been based on good relation and ethnical, cultural and racial commonalities, and predicted the relation would remain good in the future.

Visiting Iran News pavilion in the 23rd Press and News Agencies Exhibition, Dabbagh reiterated that he has time and again said that Iran is more transparent and honest than other countries. He noted that from the day one, Iran has opposed the referendum in the region but it has also announced readiness to defend the rights of people in the region based on the Iraq Constitution and for the sake of unity in Iraq.

Dabbagh said that Iraqi Kurds will never forget Iran’s support against the atrocities of Saddam Regime as well as against the Daesh forces. He concluded that for Iraqi Kurds, Iran’s stand is different from others.

He went on to say that Iraqi Kurdistan referendum is a finished issue, adding that since Masoud Barzani has suspended the referendum, it is expected talks with the central government to begin soon.

He reiterated that if the Iraqi government sticks to its words and undertakings, people of the KRG will not pursue partition.

Dabbagh went on to say that the KRG officials did not mean partition by holding referendum, and it was just a sign of protest to the central government for injustice against Kurds. He reiterated that when a government does not fulfill its undertakings towards its people, it then should expect protests and reactions.

On the support of Israel from independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, he said it was just a propagation because there is no bond between Iraqi Kurdistan and Israel. He noted that most of the KRG’s officials were aware of the dangers of Israel’s support because several Arab countries like Egypt, Jordan or Qatar have embassies in Tel Aviv and such a support was aimed at creating rift.

On the future of leadership of the KRG, he said Masoud Bazani is a charismatic leader for Kurds in the region and it is not expected him to run for leadership after his term is over. He added that he would support a certain candidate or group which has not been revealed yet.

by : Mohammad lotfollahi

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 06 Jul 2017

 TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The representative of the Iraqi Kurdistan region praised Iran’s role in the Arab country’s recent victories over the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group and said if it had not been for the Islamic Republic’s assistance, Iraq would have fallen to the hands of the terrorists.

Speaking at a forum titled “Iraq after Daesh” held in Tehran on Wednesday, Nazem Dabbagh pointed to the recent recapture of the northern city of Mosul from Daesh terrorists and said the terrorist group has been forced out of Mosul but it is not over yet.

“Daesh is not just a military issue but has become a phenomenon and ideology,” the Iraqi diplomat said.

He further pointed to Tehran’s support for Baghdad in the fight against the terror group, saying that if it had not been for Iran’s assistance, Iraq would have fallen to the hands of Daesh.

Daesh militants made swift advances in northern and western Iraq over the summer of 2014, after capturing swaths of northern Syria.

However, a combination of concentrated attacks by the Iraqi military and the volunteer forces, who rushed to take arms after top Shiite leader Grand Ayatollah Seyed Ali al-Sistani issued a fatwa calling for the fight against the militants, blunted the edge of Daesh offensive and forced the terrorist group to withdraw from much of the areas it had occupied.

Iraqi military forces on July 29 captured the Mosul mosque at the heart of the northern city, which Daesh had declared its de facto capital.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of the site of the symbolic al-Nuri Mosque in Old Mosul as “the declaration of the end of the statelet of Daesh.”

Daesh stronghold in Syria’s Raqqa is also close to falling.

 

 

 

Thursday, 05 Nov 2015

According to the university section of ISNA, Dr Hamid Reza Khorram Khorshid, the head of the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Mentioning abilities of the university, while meeting Nazem Dabagh, the representation of KRG in Iran, believed that the ground for cooperation between that university and instructing institution of Kurdistan is widespread. Also Mohammad Ali Mohseni Bandpay, the assistant of the head in International Affairs of that university, with regard to sensitive condition of the region and current war and conflict in the Middle Eastern countries, emphasized the role of rehabilitation majors in training of human resources to make health and treatment requirements of neighbor countries, especially in the fields of rehabilitation of people with disabilities and damaged individuals.

Also, Dr Nazem Dabbagh, accompanied by educational and cultural counselor of the Kurdistan Region in that meeting, while indicating educational requirements of Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the favorable ground for cooperation available in this field in the Region, expressing satisfaction with the mutual activities of University Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences with Kurdistan region. Thereafter, they set up to provide the memorandum of understanding in which distinguish the fields of scientific, educational and cultural cooperation between them.

According to Dr Mohseni, training human specialists, holding the common scientific conference and congress with ministry of Health of Iraq, fulfilling common research projects in the field of medical science and rehabilitation in both national and international level, and visiting medical and rehabilitation center of two sides in the direction of upgrading the quality rehabilitation services in Kurdistan Region will be some cooperation zone.   

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