Prime Minister Masrour Barzani receives French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani received today French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss bilateral relations and regional developments.

In the meeting attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, both sides reviewed the political situation in Iraq and the importance of developing the already strong, historic relationship between the Kurdistan Region and France.

Prime Minister Barzani and Foreign Minister Le Drian agreed on the importance of increasing bilateral trade and investment in a way that reflects the strong, trusted political and diplomatic ties.

The Prime Minister thanked France for its historic commitment to the Kurdish people.

He also spoke about recent talks with the federal government on outstanding issues, including budget and oil and gas. In that regard, Prime Minister Barzani noted that France can play an important role for an agreement that in line with the Constitution.

Foreign Minister Le Drian reiterated his country's support for the Kurdistan Region at this difficult time. He announced readiness to assist, adding that experts are on the ground to help develop the agriculture sector to ease the economic crisis. Foreign Minister Le Drian added that aid to the refugee camps will continue through aid organisations.


The French Foreign Minister extended an invitation to Prime Minister Barzani to visit France.





Minister Safeen Dizayee holds virtual meeting with KRG Representatives abroad on latest developments and relations with international community

Minister Safeen Dizayee, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), on 25th June held a virtual meeting with the KRG’s representatives abroad, to discuss the latest political, economic, humanitarian and health developments in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the wider the region.

Minister Dizayee briefed the KRG representatives on the current situation and the KRG’s position and policies.

Minister Dizayee said that the KRG supports the new Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and calls for Kurdistan’s rights to be implemented, based on the Constitution.

He added that the KRG hopes to reach an agreement with Baghdad soon to resolve all the outstanding issues.

Minister Dizayee stressed the need for coordination between the KRG and Iraqi Federal government with the global Coalition to deter ISIS from terrorist acts, saying that ISIS’s movements have increased and it is taking advantage of the security vacuum.

On the Strategic Dialogue between Iraq and the US, Minister Dizayee stated the meaning of the agreement for both countries: Iraq still needs military and logistical support and the revival of its economic infrastructure, and the United States aims to support Iraq in counter-terrorism and developing its economic, scientific, energy and cultural fields.

He stressed the importance of the Kurdistan Region’s role in the agreement, in which its representative participated in the first meeting.

On the coronavirus pandemic, Minister Dizayee said that the KRG continuously liaises with the diplomatic missions, UN agencies and charitable organizations that are providing assistance to contain the virus.

The representatives abroad shared their current areas of work and plans for future projects.

The participants exchanged ideas on how to strengthen and promote the Kurdistan Region's relationships with other nations at all levels.




President Nechirvan Barzani meets with UNSG Special Representative Plasschaert

Baghdad, Iraq, June 20, 2020

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

The latest political and economic developments in Iraq and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were highlighted at the meeting. The two sides reiterated the importance of cooperation and coordination among all parties in Iraq in order to overcome the current crises facing the country.

The newly formed government in Iraq and efforts to resolve the pending issues between the federal government and the Kurdistan Region in accordance with the constitution of Iraq were also discussed.

 President Nechirvan Barzani expressed Kurdistan Region’s readiness to resolve the issues with the federal government within the framework of the constitution and appreciated the important role of the United Nations in helping to resolve these issues.

President Nechirvan Barzani meets with Iraq’s President Barham Salih

Baghdad, Iraq, June 20, 2020

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani met with Iraq’s President Barham Salih in Baghdad on Saturday.

At the meeting, also attended by Kurdistan Region’s Vice Presidents, both sides underlined the importance of resolving the pending issues between the federal government and the Kurdistan Region in accordance with constitution of Iraq and through mutual cooperation and coordination.

 Both Presidents emphasized that solutions to the current issues facing the country should serve social justice and protect the rights of all citizens in Iraq. Discussions also focused on finding solutions to the economic crises in Iraq and the importance of cooperation and coordination among all parties in the battle against the COVID-19 outbreak and its implications.

President Nechirvan Barzani meets with Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi

Baghdad, Iraq, June 20, 2020

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani held a meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in Baghdad on Saturday.

At the meeting, also attended by Kurdistan Region Vice Presidents, President Nechirvan Barzani congratulated Mr. Al-Kadhimi on assuming the office as Prime Minister. Both sides discussed the pending issues between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, efforts to resolve them in accordance to Iraq’s constitution and ways to confront the current challenges facing the country.

Kurdistan Region President and Iraq’s Prime Minister underlined the importance of cooperation and coordination between the federal government and the Kurdistan Region in order to overcome the current challenges, particularly the economic crisis which has gripped the country due to the drop in oil prices following the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Both sides also reiterated that overcoming the current crises and restoring peace and stability require collective cooperation and coordination.

President Nechirvan Barzani and Iraq’s Parliament Speaker discuss latest developments

Baghdad, Iraq, June 20, 2020

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani met with the Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq, Mohamed al-Halbousi on Saturday.

At the meeting, also attended by Kurdistan Region Vice Presidents, the pending issues between the federal government and the Kurdistan Region were highlighted as well as the economic crises in Iraq, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the containment efforts.

 The two sides also reiterated the importance of cooperation and coordination among all sides in order to overcome the current crises facing the country and also finding solutions to the pending issues between Erbil and Baghdad in accordance with the constitution of Iraq.

 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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 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








Prime Minister Masrour Barzani meets Germany's Minister of State

 Munich, Germany (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today met with Germany’s Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Niels Annen, during the Munich Security Conference.

Discussing the latest developments in Iraq and the region, both sides agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties between the Kurdistan Region and Germany.

Prime Minister Barzani acknowledged Germany's role as part of the Global Coalition against ISIS, and stressed the importance of continued German support for the Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces, as they tackle the growing terrorist threat.

Minister Annen recognised the stability and prosperity in the Kurdistan Region, calling it a role model of governance in Iraq and the region.

 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.


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