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Wednesday, 04 August 2021 03:03

Baghdad, IRNA – Head of Iraqi Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani will be soon heading for Iran to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi.

According to Kuistan Muhammad, the labor and social affairs minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, a high ranking delegation from Iraqi Kurdistan will be accompanying Barzani in the inauguration ceremony of the new Iranian president.

 In addition to Barzani and myself (Kuistan Muhammad), there are the Culture and Youth Affairs Minister Swin Dezei, and the head of Iraqi Kurdistan Foreign Relations Office, on behalf of the coalition parties in Iraqi Kurdistan’s cabinet, to attend the Iranian president elect’s inauguration ceremony, he reiterated.

 Earlier the spokesman of the Iranian Parliament’s Presiding Board had said that 115 officials from 73 countries would be attending President-elect Raisi’s inauguration ceremony.

 Nezameddin Musavi said in a press conference on Monday that tomorrow, Tuesday July 3, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei will confirm the presidential decree of the president-elect in a ceremony, and the inauguration ceremony of Raisi will be held on Thursday, July 5.

 After that the president will introduce his cabinet ministers to Majlis (the Parliament) for confidence votes, after which the new government will begin its activities.

https://en.irna.ir/news/84424581/Nechirvan-Barzani-to-attend-inauguration-ceremony-of-Iranian

Saturday, 12 June 2021 17:29

Abu Dhabi, UAE, June 12, 2021

The President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani met with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Depu Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Saturday.

At the meeting, attended by Iraq’s Ambassador to Abu Dhabi, Iraq and the Kurdistan Region’s relations with the UAE, the political process in Iraq, the upcoming elections, the threats of terrorism and the dangers of ISIS resurgence were highlighted. The latest developments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, regional developments, the importance of partnership and coordination among all sides to preserve peace and stability in the region and other issues of mutual interest were discussed.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan reiterated his country’s support to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, and expressed UAE’s readiness to develop bilateral relations with the Kurdistan Region.

The President congratulated the UAE after its election to the United Nations Security Council for the period 2022-2023, which demonstrates the international community’s faith in the UAE as a global partner for development and cooperation on the world stage.

The President expressed gratitude to the UAE for its humanitarian support to the Kurdistan Region, especially the recent initiative by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint al-Mubarak securing thousands of Covid-19 vaccines for the displaced and refugees hosted in the Kurdistan Region. The President also offered his appreciation for the UAE Red Crescent and the UAE Consul General in the Kurdistan Region. The President reaffirmed that the Kurdistan Region is willing to assist all UAE investment and business projects in Kurdistan.

The President and the Crown Prince further agreed that cooperation and partnership among the regional countries, including Iraq, the Kurdistan Region and the UAE, is important to safeguard peace and stability in the region and to confront terrorism.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 11 June 2021 14:06

 Abu Dhabi, UAE, June 11, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani arrived in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Friday on the formal invitation of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE.

The President was received during a ceremony at the Abu Dhabi airport by the Minister of State, Mr. Ali al- Sayegh, who was accompanied by Iraq’s Ambassador to Abu Dhabi and the Consul General of the UAE in Erbil.

The President is scheduled to hold a meeting with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday.

The meeting is expected to focus on strengthening of relations between the Kurdistan Region and the United Arab Emirates and ways to expand areas of mutual cooperation between Iraq-the Kurdistan Region and the UAE. Discussions will also cover the latest developments in the wider region.

 

Saturday, 15 May 2021 06:01

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) representative in Tehran says that martyr. Gen. Qasem Soleimani helped Iraqi Kurdistan by sending weapons and military advisers to defeat ISIS.

Describing Iran’s role in the fight against terrorism as “vital” and effective”, KRG representative in Tehran reiterated that martyr. Gen. Qasem Soleimani helped Iraqi Kurdistan by sending weapons and military advisers to defeat ISIS.

 “Martyr Qasem Soleimani not only helped in the framework of consultation but also in the battlefield,” Nazim Dabbaq tells the Tehran Times. “We are thankful and appreciative for Iran’s advisory presence and its arms aid to eliminate the Daesh threat from Erbil.”

The following is the text of the interview:

How do you assess the role of Iran and General Qasem Soleimani in supporting the Iraqi Kurdish Region to confront ISIS (Daesh)? Kurdish leaders say that Qasem Soleimani provided weapons for Arbil when Daesh invaded Iraq.

As you mentioned, in fact, the officials of the Iraqi Kurdistan, including Mr. Masoud Barzani, have emphasized that Iran's role in the fight against terrorism in Iraq has been vital and important.

Martyr Qasem Soleimani did not only help in the framework of consultation, but also in the battlefield. He helped the Iraqi Kurdistan in its combat against terrorism. We are thankful and appreciative for Iran’s advisory presence and its arms aid to eliminate the Daesh threat from Erbil.

Given the geopolitical situation in West Asia and the looming threats in the region, how do you assess Iran's role in stabilizing and combating terrorism?

Iran has a special position due to its geopolitical situation in the region, especially in the war against terrorism including Daesh. Tehran played an important role.

Indeed, the Islamic Republic of Iran has historically played this role, both during the 8-year war imposed by Saddam Hussein and in the midst of the war against Daesh. Iran has played a constructive role that has brought security and stability to the region.

I have said many times that if it were not for Iran, after the fall of Mosul, Daesh could have captured Baghdad as well as the Kurdistan region, but fortunately, the Islamic Republic and other allies made every effort to be helpful and effective which are commendable.

Iran has been a victim of terrorism since the victory of the Islamic Revolution and has gained valuable experience in this regard. What are the significance and effect of efforts made by commanders such as Martyr Soleimani to contain the chaotic situation in the region?

Iran, especially after the victory of the Islamic Revolution and years of experience in fighting terrorism and confronting various enemies, could create a kind of solidarity and unity among people.

In one of Soleimani’s speeches, I heard him spoke about the role of martyrs and leadership in deterring enemies. In his view, the leadership plays a pivotal role in mobilizing the people to support the revolution and help it to continue and defeats its foes, because the people need leaders on the battlefield who are brave and wise, as Soleimani was. This experience made peoples of the region always ready to fight terrorism under the command of leaders such as Martyr Qasem Soleimani, and we have witnessed this fact.

What characteristics did make General Soleimani popular in the region and make him attract people with different religions and views?

If we want to talk about the characteristics and personality of people like Qasem Soleimani, we must mention that he was a faithful person, honest, brave.

Until the day he was martyred, he believed in his cause and was proud of it. I remember one day some of his friends warned him about the US attempts to assassinate him and called on him to be more careful. He laughed and said that we are made for martyrdom and we are waiting to see when we will be martyred. These characteristics were the reason for his popularity. He did not pursue personal interests or power, but rather fought for his goals and aspirations.

Why did some Western states like the U.S put someone like Qasem Soleimani, who was fighting Daesh, on the list of terrorists?

Defining terrorism or attributing terrorism to a country or person, or accusing a country or person of supporting terrorism, is made based on the interests of countries. Western and European countries have one policy and Iran has another, but in general, I think the people are entitled to give a real definition.

When the people of Iran or Iraq are satisfied with their own governments, it makes the Western definition unreliable. It is the stance and approval of the people of a country that rejects or approves these definitions.

How do you describe Qasem Soleimani's relations with Kurdish leaders and Kurdish groups or organizations?

My acquaintance with martyr General Qasem Soleimani dates back to 1991 after the uprising of the people of Kurdistan. Certainly, his politico-military position led to good relations with the officials, leaders, and political groups of the Kurdistan region.

These relations were to such an extent that when martyr Soleimani was seen with one of the Kurdish leaders, especially Mr. Talabani and Mr. Barzani, we did not feel distant, but we felt a sense of friendship and honesty.

Tehran Times

 

https://kurdpress.com/en/news/291/KRG-rep-says-Gen-Soleimani-helped-Kurdistan-to-fight-ISIS/

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Thursday, 13 May 2021 04:33

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, May 12, 2021

The President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, issued a congratulatory statement on Wednesday as Muslims around the world prepare to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The following is the message:

On the occasion of the Eid- al Fitr, I extend my warmest congratulations to the families of our fallen heroes and all Muslims in Kurdistan, Iraq and around the world. I hope this celebration will bring peace and prosperity to everyone, and I hope that our future celebrations are held in better conditions without pandemics, hardships and crises.

As we begin to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr, let us use this occasion to further consolidate peace, tolerance and reconciliation among ourselves and with our fellow citizens. Let us open a new chapter of partnership and mutual respect to serve our people and our country towards a better future for all in which peace, stability, human rights and freedoms, law and justice are better protected.

Let us use this occasion as an opportunity to end enmities among us and start working together towards resolving the differences among all our parties and communities.

Happy Eid al-Fitr. I wish everyone good health.

Nechirvan Barzani
The President of the Kurdistan Region

 https://presidency.gov.krd/en/congratulations-to-the-president-of-the-kurdistan-region-on-the-occasion-of-the-blessed-eid-al-fitr/

 

Saturday, 10 April 2021 15:37

TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned the representative of Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government over a controversial stamp design in Iraqi Kurdistan breaching Iran’s territorial integrity.

Nazem Dabbagh, the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) representative to Tehran, told the Iraqi Kurdish Rudaw news agency that Iranian officials have summoned him over the stamp and informed him that it is “a violation of Iran’s sovereignty.”

The stamp in question raised eyebrows in the region, causing tensions between the KRG and a number of regional countries.

It has two problems: First, there was no Arabic translation of what was written on the stamp, something that drew criticism from some Iraqi groups as Arabic is the official language of Iraq. Second, the stamp featured a map imagining large swathes of Iranian territories – as well as Turkish ones - as part of the Greater Kurdistan, a clear violation of Iran’s territorial integrity.

The stamp was published to commemorate the recent four-day papal visit to Iraq that included a foray into Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, on the third day.

Upon his arrival in Erbil, the pope was welcomed by the president and the prime minister of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, as well as civil and religious authorities, according to Vatican News.  He then met with the President of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, Nechirvan Barzani, and the Prime Minister, Masrour Barzani at the Presidential VIP Lounge of the airport.

Dabbagh denied that Iran had hinted at any threats, saying, “We made clear to the Iranians that the aforementioned stamp is one of several examples presented by artists.”

According to the Kurdish official, Iran knows that the stamp is not officially presented by the KRG. Dabbagh pointed out that the Iranian official in charge of the Iraq file in the Iranian Foreign Ministry spoke with him respectfully “and asked me for an explanation of what happened, and he told me that he does not wish to delve much into what happened, but this does not serve the interest of the current policy of the Kurdish Regional Government, as it affects Iran's lands, so we want you to provide an explanation.”

Dabbagh said he responded to the Iranian official by saying that the stamp “is not the work of the Kurdish Regional Government, but a group of artists who proposed these models to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, and the Kurdish Regional Government has shown its commitment to the Iraqi constitution and human rights considerations.”

According to Dabbagh, the Iranian Foreign Ministry accepted his clarification and confirmed the delivery of a message to Iraq.

Last week, Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, said that the stamp runs counter to international regulations.

“It’s obvious that what was publicly published goes against international principles and regulations,” Khatibzadeh was quoted by state news IRNA as saying on Wednesday. “We have expressed our objection to the government of Iraq and demanded the immediate recall and correction of this unfriendly act.”

 

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459176/Iran-summons-KRG-representatives-over-controversial-stamp

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 23:11

Nazim Dabbagh the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) representative in Tehran had an exclusive interview with TehranTimes, during which he shared his view on General Qassem Soleimani and his role in the fight against terrorism in Iraq.

video : https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456677/Gen-Soleimani-helped-Kurdistan-to-fight-ISIS

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 08:08

 Representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Tehran Nazim Dabagh said on Monday, January 25, that the Kurds should not forget the aid provided by Iran during the war against Islamic State (ISIS), arguing that ISIS would have occupied Baghdad if it were not for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani.

Dabagh told NRT in an interview that when the Peshmerga and advisors from the IRGC arrived in the Hamrin Mountains, Soleimani said to the Peshmerga “here is Hamrin Mountain; this is your border, defend it for Mam Jalal,” referring to the late Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leader Jalal Talabani.
Earlier this week, the Masir media agency in Iran released a short film featuring a dramatized version of Soleimani’s cooperation with the Kurdistan Region during the ISIS war, which provoked intense criticism from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for its depiction of party leader Masoud Barzani.
Dabagh, who is a member of the PUK, said that the KDP has the strongest ties with Iran of all of the political parties in the Kurdistan Region, but added that the film concerned the KRG and noted that the depiction of Barzani had been condemned by some Iranian officials.
“The Iranian government has promised us to follow up about the release of the film and that the release of the film about Masoud Barzani has not been done by an official organ of the Iranian government,” he said.
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https://kurdpress.com/en/news/392/Kurds-should-not-forget-Iran's-support-in-fighting-against-ISIS:-representative/

 

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