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Sunday, 19 Jul 2020

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (DFR.GOV.KRD) – Minister Safeen Dizayee, Head of the KRG’s Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) on Sunday met with Mr Mehdi Shushtari, newly appointed Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Slemani.


Minister Dizayee congratulated him and assured him of DFR’s full support, as well as wished him success in his new post.


During the meeting, Minister Dizayee and Mr Shushtari discussed the latest developments in the region and ways to enhance bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Region and the Islamic Republic of Iran.


The newly-appointed Consul General expressed his optimism about his new position and work in the Region, while also wished to play an effective role in strengthening relations between the two countries across many issues.




Tuesday, 28 Apr 2020

 Mansour Jahani 

Keywan Karimi’s second feature film project Do you know anything about Omid? has been selected for La Fabrique Cinéma by Cinema du Monde (CNC), which will take place at Cannes Film Festival 2020. Iranian independent filmmaker Keywan Karimi is one of 10 filmmakers whose projects have been selected for the programme, including individuals from Asia, Africa and South America. 


Do you know anything about Omid? is Karimi’s second feature film, and its selection for La Fabrique Cinéma 2020 invites him and 9 other directors to attend Cannes Film Festival, to participate in a schedule of meetings and coaching sessions that will connect them with producers, co-producers, distributers and industry professionals from around the world. 


Cinema du Monde, part of CNC, and the entire programme, has been designed to support films and promote the emergence of young creators from outside of Europe. Every year, just 10 projects are chosen from outside Europe to arrive at the stage of production. Cinema du Monde supports each one, and 70% will be finished and presented in the major film festivals. 


This year as well as Karimi’s film from Iran, La Fabrique Cinéma is also championing projects from Egypt, Mozambique, Senegal, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Vietnam, Montenegro and the Dominican Republic. Director, actor and producer Rachid Bouchareb has been selected as this year’s Patron of La Fabrique Cinéma, saying on the subject: “My films have addressed issues such as slavery, colonisation, the Vietnam War, World War II and more recently, terrorism. Acting as patron for the Fabrique 2020 program will enable me to discover more contemporary concerns through the projects presented by emerging filmmakers from all over the world.”


Keywan Karimi is a 34 year old Kurdish independent filmmaker from Iran, who has made several short films including Broken Border and Adventure of a Married Couple, both of which have been awarded various prizes in a number of festivals. 


His documentary Writing on the City, telling the stories of graffiti on the walls of Tehran, Karimi’s first feature film was his work DRUM, which premiered in the Critics’ Week section of the Venice Film Festival, and received acclaim from both the critics themselves and its audience, with a number of renowned critics writing reviews about this film specifically. 


The 73rd Cannes Film Festival has been impacted by the effects of Coronavirus and has been postponed, with a new date still under review.  The festival has published two press releases in the last months; Marche du film of the Cannes Film Festival will take place between 22-26 June, in an online format, while the worldwide cinema industry is still waiting for news of the festival itself. The French president Emmanuel Macron has announced that festivals, along with bars and restaurants, are predicted to begin reopening after the 15th July. 


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Wednesday, 15 Apr 2020

 All of us, no matter what our nationality is or what country we are from, are citizens of a borderless utopia call “ART” which exists in a world called “CULTURE”. No superpower can prohibit us from being members of our ART nation. In our collective fantasy world, whether we are Asian, European, American or African, we all have a unique gene for understanding culture, an influential talent to make the people understand,as well as abilities for analyzing current trends and cause changes.

We all create narratives and images with our works of art, using our individual taste and styles and cultural characteristics (whether with or without faith) for peace over war, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and always for our salvation and resurrection. Our societies of artists strive to improve our nations with our collective works, despite being much smaller than the countries in which we live.

Even though the powers and politics that “be” have created gaps to keeps us separate, we have become stronger and bolder and determined and influential in many ways in order to transfer our humanity and collective messages to the world.

At the present, every one of us regardless of geographic or political situations,have come face to face with a common enemy. We need our message to be passed on as hastily as possible. We are all equally vulnerable to this microscopic adversary. The salvation of one, depends on the salvation of all.

Corona is not just a virus, it is a simple and historic question that is waiting for complex answers from the people and governments of the world. Can Iran’s answer to this question match the other countries, while its breaths are limited by global sanctions?

Is it not rational that the response of artists from around the world to Corona will be different and more effective than those of world politicians?

This crisis will pass, with small or catastrophic losses, but the collection of tales will also remain. The stories of exhausted nurses dancing in contaminated hospital hallways to raise the moral of patients, as they hide their worries about the lack of medicines and basic hospital necessities; Stories of physicians who haven’t been home in weeks and are forced to work without masks, gloves or gowns as they search for corona victims in the hallways of hospitals.

These will all remain in the micro-historical memories of our time, and will be heard by all, sooner or later, either from us or from you all.

We hope it is not too late for influential and unified artists of the world to tell these stories of the injustices toward the Iranian people, so the powerful politicians of the world may make the right choices.

The people of Iran are facing a crisis today, the Corona crisis you are aware of, as well as the “Crisis of Unjustly Imposed Sanctions” you might not be aware.

For the artists of Iran, it is important for you all to know that now, in this time of our large numbers of infected (including the elderly who are waiting their turn) are facing shortages of medical supplies

We want to know… What do you think? What do you say? and what will you do?


List of signatories (so far):


1. Rakhshan Banietemad, 2. Fereshteh Taerpour, 3. Marziye Brumand, 4. Niki Karimi, 5. Mohammad Beheshti, 6. Homayoun Asadian, 7. Masoud Kimiyayee, 8. Alireza Shojanouri, 9. Vahid Jalilvand, 10. Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour, 11. Parviz Parastoyee, 12. Reza Kianian, 13. Shahab Hosseini, 14. Navid Mohammadzadeh, 15. Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, 16. Sattar Oraki, 17. Negar Azarbayjani, 18. Anahid Abad, 19. Ali Ashtiani pour, 20. Habib Ahmadzadeh, 21. Mostafa Ahmadi, 22. Bahman Ardalan, 23. Habib Esmaili, 24. Javad Afshar, 25. Mahnaz Afsali, 26. Kamand Amir Soleimani, 27. Mazda Ansari, 28. Sara Gharecheh Daghi, 29. Saeed Armand, 30. Mojtaba Faravardeh, 31. Ebrahim Irajzad, 32. Behdad Babaii, 33. Bahram Badakhshani, 34. Ali Boustan, 35. Behnam Behzadi, 36. Nazanin Bayati, 37. Hossein Pakdel, 38. Pantea Panahiha, 39. Kiumars Pourahmad, 40. Hassan Pourshirazi, 41. Tahmoures Pournazeri, 42. Sohrab Pournazeri, 43. Keykhosro Pournazari, 44. Daryoush Pirniakan, 45. Mohammad Pirhadi, 46. Parviz Tanavoli, 47. Iraj Taghipour, 48. Kourosh Tahami, 49. Ali Jalilvand, 50. Rouholla Hejazi, 51. Hadi Hejazifar, 52. Hassan Hassandoust, 53. Ebrahim Haghighi, 54. Mohammad Hossein Haghighi, 55. Hooman Khalatbari, 56. Mohammad Reza Delpak, 57. Bahram Radan, 58. Shadmehr Rastin, 59. Habib Rezaei, 60. Christoph Rezayee, 61. Homayoun Shajarian, 62. Abdolvahab Shahidi, 63. Masoud Shoari, 64. Ghazal Shakeri, 65. Mohsen Shahebrahimi, 66. Amir Shahb Razavian, 67. Alireza Raisian, 68. Atefe Razavi, 69. Hassan Riahi, 70. Leyla Zare, 71. Alireza Zarindast, 72. Kourosh Soleymani, 73. Saed Soheili, 74. Hooman Seyedi, 75. Davoud Amiri, 76. Hamidreza Nourbakhsh, 77. Hooshang Kamkar, 78. Ardeshir Kamkar, 79. Abolhassan Davoudi, 80. Abdoljabar Kakaei, 81. Reza Yazdani, 82. Davoud Ganjei, 83. Karen Homayounfar, 84. Elham Paveh Nejad, 85. Shayesteh Irani, 86. Majid Modaresi, 87. Ali Nik Raftar, 88. Majid Molaei, 89. Mehrdad Nosrati, 90. Rasool Sadr Ameli, 91. Mehdi Shirzad, 92. Shabnam Moghadami, 93. Jalil Saman, 94. Ahad Sadeghi, 95. Tannaz Tabatabaei, 96. Ahmad Arabani, 97. Arya Azimi Nejad, 98. Alireza Alavian, 99. ‌‎Hossein Alizadeh, 100. Behrouz Gharibpour, 101. Hooshang Golmakani, 102. Mohammad Hadi Karimi, 103. Farzaneh Kaboli, 104. Hadi Marzban, 105. Mostafa Kiaei, 106. Milad Kiaei, 107. Gholamreza Mousavi, 108. Maziar Miri, 109. Ali Shakeri Shemirani, 110. Afshin Hashemi, 111. Hassan Mostafavi, 112. Soheyla Golestani, 113. Majid Motalebi, 114. Hossein Mahkam, 115. Meysam Molaei, 116. Bijan Mirbagheri, 117. Shahin Najafzadeh, 118. Amir Reza Motamedi, 119. Javad Norouzbeigi, 120. Mohammadreza Honarmand, 121. Farhad Tohidi, 122. Mojtaba Raei, 123. Abbas Yari, 124. Hossein Yari, 125. Mohammad Ali Hossein Nejad, 126. Mohammadreza Gohari, 127. Milad Key Maram, 128. Barzu Arjmand, 129. Hatef Alimoradi, 130. Akbar Azad, 131. Ali Azad, 132. Mohammad Afarideh, 133. Saeed Aghakhani, 134. Hassan Aghakarimi, 135. Nima Javidi, 136. Mohammad Mehdi Dadgoo, 137. Alireza Khamse, 138. Amir Asna Ashari, 139. Mohammad Ahmadi, 140. Puria Akhvas, 141. Pirouz Arjmand, 142. Alireza Es’haghi, 143. Negar Eskandarfar, 144. Marjan Ashrafizadeh, 145. Babak Borzuyeh, 146. Ehteram Broumand, 147. Masoud Behbahani Nia, 148. Hossein Behrouzi nia, 149. Behzad Behzadpour, 150. Mohammad Motevasselani, 151. Majid Salehi, 152. Bayram Fazli, 153. Mehdi Saadi, 154. Asghar Pourhajerian, 155. Kiarash poozeshi, 156. Mehdi Jafari, 157. Ali Jafari Pouian, 158. Ardavan Jafarian, 159. Hamed Javad Zadeh, 160. Farshad Hesami, 161. Siavash Haghighi, 162. Akbar Khamin, 163. Mohammad Khazaei, 164. Javad Hashemi, 165. Alireza Davood nejad, 166. Ali Rahbari, 167. Mohsen Damadi, 168. Leyla Rashidi, 169. Ali Jakan, 170. Reza Dadouei, 171. Mohammad Dormanesh, 172. Mehran Rassam, 173. Kamran Rasoulzadeh, 174. Gholamreza Ramezani, 175. Ali Zarnegar, 176. Salar Zamanian, 177. Amir Abbas Setayeshgar, 178. Farid Sajadi Hosseini, 179. Homayoun Ghanizadeh, 180. Alireza Assar, 181. Kamran Sahar khiz, 182. Pouya Saraei, 183. Rahman Seyfi Azad, 184. Mohsen Sharifian, 185. Jalil Shabani, 186. Hamed Shakibania, 187. Sahar Sabagh Seresht, 188. Behrouz Saffarian, 189. Mahyar Toreihi, 190. Aydin Zarif, 191. Behzad Abdi, 192. Mohammad Arab, 193. Mojtaba Asgari, 194. Baran Kousari, 195. Jahangir Kosari, 196. Ghogha Bayat, 197. Mehrdad Farid, 198. Jaber Ghasemali, 199. Kamran Ghadakchian, 200. Ghasem Gholipour, 201. Ehsan Karami, 202. Hossein Ghiasi, 203. Madya Farajnejad, 204. Arash Farhangfar, 205. Arash Ghanadi, 206. Amir Ghanadi, 207. Rahbar Ghanbari, 208. Soroush Ghahremanlou, 209. Mohammad Hossein Mahdavian, 210. Bardia Kiaras, 211. Saeed Sadi, 212. Ali Hazrati, 213. Ali Karim, 214. Ashkan Kamangari, 215. Hamid Motabasem, 216. Kourosh Matin, 217. Milad Mohammadi, 218. Amir Mardaneh, 219. Hamidreza Monnabati, 220. Reza Mahdavi, 221. Esmail Miyhandoust, 222. Mahmoud Nazeri, 223. Omid Nemati, 224. Amir Hossein Rostami, 225. Gelareh Abbasi, 226. Mehran Falsafi, 227. Sina Alam, 228. Sahab Alam, 229. Amin Mahdavi, 230. Hassan Najafi, 231. Mona Farjad, 232. Masih Kazemi, 233. Bahram Kazemi, 234. Buna Alkhas, 235. Mehran Farhadi, 236. Ali Vazirian, 237. Shadi Pour Mehdi, 238. Abbas Sajadi, 239. Mahtab Keramati, 240. Farah Ossouli, 241. Hamed Komeili, 242. Majid Leylaji, 243. Morteza Atash Zamzam, 244. Jafar Sanei Moghadam, 245. Jamshid Bayrami, 246. Mohammad Sadegh Azin, 247. Sirous Salimi, 248. Panah Bar Khoda Rezaei, 249. Mohammad Abbasi Fard, 250. Rouhollah Baradari, 251. Saeed Rafiei Monfared, 252. Parizad Seyf, 253. Jaber Ramezani, 254. Keyhan Kalhor, 255. Babak Karimi, 256. Reza Babak, 257. Manoochehr Shahsavari, 258. Roya Nonahali, 259. Jhaleh Sameti, 260. Goli Emami, 261. Hamid Amjad, 262. Behnaz Jafari, 263. Sima Tirandaz, 264. Hossein Maher, 265. Masoud Delkhah, 266. Mehdi Delkhasteh, 267. Navid Mahmoudi, 268. Jamshid Mahmoudi, 269. Majid Majidi, 270. Narges Aabyar, 271. Reza Attaran, 272. Parvaz Homay, 273. Amin Tarokh, 274. Setareh Eskandari, 275. Khosro Dehghan, 276. Ramin Sedighi, 277. Saeed Aghighi, 278. Amir Ali Danaei, 279. Seyed Ali Ahmadi, 280. Hossein Sharifi, 281. Foad Ghaffari, 282. Ali Akbar Ghazinezam, 283. Mohammad Abdollahi, 284. Tina Bakhshi, 285. Tina Jameh Garmi, 286. Hamid Ehya, 287. Sepideh Khosrojah, 288. Gholamreza Rezaei, 289. Mohannad Ali Najafi, 290. Touraj Mansouri, 291. Neda Mohseni, 292. Mahta Malek Zadeh, 293. Nahid Del Agah, 294. Kourosh Nouri, 295. Farian Sabahi, 296. Frouzandeh Arbabi, 297. Iraj Mohammadi, 298. Habibollah Bahmani, 299. Parisa Nazari, 300. Mojgan Sayadi, 301. Ali Shams, 302. Daryoush Farziani, 303. Golab Adineh And all artists who will sign this letter









Sunday, 16 Feb 2020

 Munich, Germany (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met with the Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, at the Munich Security Conference today.

During the meeting, they discussed the latest developments in Iraq and the wider region. They agreed that they have an obligation of maintaining good neighbourly relations and mutual respect. They also have a common recognition of regional security challenges.

Prime Minister Barzani and Minister Zarif reiterated their support to de-escalate tensions in Iraq and further contribute towards stability in the region.




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.








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