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Sunday, 14 February 2021 04:48

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region, February 14, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani met with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ms. Jeanine Hennis- Plasschaert.

Ms. Plasschaert reiterated that President Nechirvan Barzani can make important contributions to achieving a successful negotiation outcome between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraq’s Federal Government with regards to the pending issues, including the Kurdistan Region’s share of the Iraqi 2021 budget. The UNAMI Chief also welcomed the Kurdistan Region Presidency’s efforts to bring the parties in the Region closer together.

Other important topics discussed were: resolving the disputes between the KRG and the Federal Government in accordance with the letter and spirit of the Iraqi Constitution, the political and security developments in Iraq, COVID-19 pandemic, upcoming elections, the status of the refugees and the IDPs in the camps, the continuing threats of the terror resurgence and recent ISIS movements in the disputed territories.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 19:05

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 26, 2021

The Iran Fars News Agency recently released two films on Erbil. Both films distort facts, insult our Peshmerga and leadership, and ignore the confidence of our people.

Achievements during the war against ISIS were a function of efforts and assistance from many sources – the Kurdistan Region’s security services, especially our Peshmerga, Baghdad forces, and international forces and military assistance from many countries, including our immediate neighbors Turkey and Iran.

Iran’s early support was especially important in stopping the ISIS onslaught. This support enabled a coalition to form that turned back the tide of turmoil and tragedy. It offered opportunity for relations to improve among all partners involved in this mutual critically important endeavor.

The films by an official Iranian agency portray an alternative false and harmful reality that attempts to sabotage mutually beneficial relations between the Kurdistan Region and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Particularly, the films endeavor to sever the important bonds built by Iran’s Commander Qasim Suleimani with our Region during a period when military support from Iran was most vital.

During severely difficult periods, we remember with deep appreciation the welcome and assistance many thousands of us received in Iran during the despotic regime of Saddam Hussein. Since the Kurdistan Regional Government was formed in 1992, we have endeavored to build mutually beneficial, friendly, and productive relations with all our neighbors.

These films – intended to harm our peaceful relations by insulting our fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives against a mutual foe – are destructive and only serve to generate harmful divisions and avoidable discord. Despite these attacks, our Kurdistan Region will continue to be a peaceful place open to people of all ethnicities and religions.

We urge the Islamic Republic of Iran to desist in such destructive measures by taking appropriate action towards ensuring the sacred well-being of both the Kurdistan Region and the Islamic Republic of Iran is promoted and preserved.

Nechirvan Barzani
President of the Kurdistan Region
Erbil, 26 January 2021

 

 

 

 

Friday, 22 January 2021 12:48

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 21, 2021

The Kurdistan Region Presidency issued the following statement condemning terrorist attacks in Baghdad:

We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks that killed and wounding innocent people in Baghdad. We extend our condolences to the victims’ families. We share their grief and wish the wounded a speedy recovery.

Our medical facilities and services are fully prepared, ready, and willing to treat the wounded.

Terrorist attacks call for all political parties to accept responsibility and take appropriate action that effectively promotes unity and stability so that all citizens can pursue peaceful lives as they strive to prosper.

Kurdistan Region Presidency

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 17 January 2021 00:00

 The KRG’s Regional Council of Oil and Gas Affairs has published a report containing verified statistics covering the Kurdistan Region’s oil exports, consumption and revenues for period 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020.

The report, available in Kurdish, English and Arabic, provides a quarterly analysis of oil export information and average prices.

The data verification was performed by Deloitte.

Transparency being central to the cabinet agenda, the KRG regularly assesses what additional disclosures would enhance the transparency of its oil and gas sector. Accordingly, from 2019 the KRG started providing information on the prepayment balances it owes to oil traders and in 2020 disclosures are further extended to include reconciliation between production and exports and local consumptions.

The Regional Council for Oil and Gas Affairs acknowledges the positive feedback received so far from domestic and international stakeholders. The council reiterates its commitment to the people of Kurdistan that Deloitte will continue to independently review the region's oil and gas sector.

Reports containing verified statistics can be found in KurdishEnglish and Arabic. A frequently asked questions handbook (also available in KurdishEnglish and Arabic) will help readers to understand the report's contents.

15 Jan 2021

 https://gov.krd/english/news-and-announcements/posts/2021/january/deloitte-report-on-oil-and-gas-review-in-the-iraqi-kurdistan-region-q1-to-q3-of-2020/

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 19:55

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 13, 2021

President Nechirvan Barzani received General Shihab Jahid Zangana and congratulated him on his promotion to Commander of the Iraq Air Force and wished him success.

President Barzani reaffirmed the importance of the Iraqi military as a national force confronting terrorism to defend and safeguard the country. He offered his congratulations to the Iraq Army on the 100th anniversary of its foundation.

 

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 17:55

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today presided over a meeting of the Kurdistan Region’s Supreme Economic Council to discuss ongoing efforts to present a comprehensive 2021 budget bill, as well as reforms.

The Prime Minister noted that the government is putting forward every effort to restructure its revenue system, reduce public expenses, reorganise government staff, and eliminate redundancies in the government’s payroll system. This process aims to ensure fairness in the system and compensation for hardworking employees.

Prime Minister Barzani emphasised the government remains committed to increasing its productivity and competitive edge by removing systemic barriers in its bureaucracy, adding that the 2021 budget bill should strive to improve the conditions for doing business while understanding the Kurdistan Region’s unique challenges. He underlined that the draft budget should be realistic and transparent, taking into consideration revenue figures from oil sales and other sources of income. It should address government spending, prospective deficits, and the current financial conditions of the Kurdistan Region.

Minister of Finance and Economy, Awat Sheikh Janab, and Minister of Planning, Dara Rashid, each presented detailed reports on current financial conditions in the Kurdistan Region, as well as details of the budget draft for the fiscal year of 2021. Head of the Department of Coordination and Follow-Up, Abdul-Hakim Khasro, reported on steps taken to implement previous decisions from the Supreme Economic Council. The Council of Ministers will review the draft and submit it to parliament for debate in the near future.

The Prime Minister also reiterated that the Kurdistan Region, having fulfilled its own constitutional obligations toward Baghdad, will continue to hold a dialogue with the Federal Government which has a constitutional duty to live up to its financial commitments toward the Kurdistan Region in the 2021 federal budget bill.

The Cabinet will meet tomorrow to discuss, among other things, details of the budget draft and the financial impacts of the current political climate in Iraq.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Monday, 11 January 2021 18:53

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.

Sunday, 03 January 2021 02:44

TEHRAN – Describing Iran’s role in the fight against terrorism as “vital” and effective”, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) representative in Tehran says that Major General Qassem Soleimani helped the Iraqi Kurdistan by sending weapons and military advisers to defeat Daesh, also called Daesh in its Arabic acronym.

“Martyr Qassem Soleimani not only helped in the framework of consultation but also in the battlefield,” Nazim Dabbagh 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:

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

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

Martyr Qassem 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.

Q: 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?

A: 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.

 

Q:  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?

A: 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 Qassem Soleimani, and we have witnessed this fact.

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

A: If we want to talk about the characteristics and personality of people like Qassem 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 U.S. 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.

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

A: 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.

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

A: My acquaintance with martyr General Qassem 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.

 

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456510/KRG-rep-in-Tehran-says-Gen-Soleimani-helped-Kurdistan-to-fight

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