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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.


President Barham Salih greeted the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masrour Barzani, and the accompanying delegation, at the Presidential Office in Baghdad on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

The President highlighted the importance of coordinating shared visions and adopting the language of constructive dialogue to resolve all lingering issues between the Federal government and the KRG in accordance with the Constitution and national interest and to achieve justice. 
President Salih expressed confidence in achieving consensus among political parties to elevate the level of relations and overcome obstacles to delivering services to the Iraqi people.
For his part, Mr. Barzani expressed his government's desire to intensify dialogues and recourse to the Constitution thus to ensure the realization of common interests and the enhancement of brotherly relations. 
The meeting also discussed the political developments at the regional and international levels.


Warnings of closing the border between Iraq and Iran

The tension in the southern provinces of Iraq and its impact on the border between Iraq and Iran has raised fears of the closure of the border between the two countries, including the border with the Kurdistan Region, as the relevant authorities in the provincial government the risks of those possibilities.

Sulaymaniyah Chamber of Commerce deputy Nozad Ghafoor said in a press statement that so far there is no possibility of closing the borders of the international region because of the tensions that occur in a number of Iraqi provinces.

But if tensions grow and continue, it is likely to raise concerns among neighboring countries and become a reason to close the border with Iraq and the region.

On the impact of the border closure in the region, the First Deputy of the Chamber of Commerce of Sulaymaniyah said in a press statement that because of the lack of infrastructure in the region and if Turkey and Iran to close the border with him, it means causing the suicide of the region.

He added that the region is now working on preparations for the construction of large complexes to store the needs, but these preparations did not come into force.

For his part, the representative of the regional government in Iran, Nazim Dabbagh said in a press statement that until the Iraqi government remains in power, the prospects of Iran to close the border with the region a few, adding that the closure of the border is not only at the request of the Iraqi government.

Dabbagh stressed that the tensions and complications in Iraq is an internal issue, pointing out that the issue of border closure is not easy because economically and living people will cause the creation of a major problem.




PUK Official: Iran is Not Behind Demonstrations in Iraq

ERBIL - It is not possible for Iran to be behind the demonstrations going on in southern pasts of Iraq as it does not serve Tehran's foreign policies, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official said on Wednesday.  

Nazim Dabbagh, who also serves as the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) representative to Tehran, told BasNews that the current situation in Iraq "is not what the Islamic Republic favours".

"It actually is what the terrorist organization of Daesh seeks. Look how the Daesh's [terrorist] activities have increased in Iraq. Is Iran behind the Daesh's activities?," the PUK official argued, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State (IS).

He noted that any political tensions in Iraq affects Iran, as well since Iraq is a Shi'ite country.

Meanwhile, Sky News cited an Iraqi official who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying that Tehran is indirectly behind the protests in Iraq.

"What Tehran has done is part of Iran's political blackmail on Iraq," the official told the news agency, referring to the Islamic Republic's cut-off of electricity used to be imported by Iraq.

The official believed that Iran wants to use the issue of the electricity as a political pressure card against Iraq as Tehran, according to the official, needs a consumption of 42,000 megawatts for domestic areas while it currently produces a total of 58,000 megawatts.




President Barzani Meets with Iraq's Defense Minister

Salahadin, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, ( President Masoud Barzani received an Iraqi ministry of Defense delegation headed by Mr. Khaled al-Obaidi, the Minister of Defense. The meeting was initiated by the Minister offering his congratulations on the Peshmerga forces' victory in the Sinjar operation last week which resulted in the liberation of the twon of Sinjar. The minister sated that the Sinjar operation was indeed a crucial turning point in the collective war against the terrorists of the Islamic State.

President Barzani and Minister al-Obaidi spoke of the current state of the ongoing and upcoming operations against the terrorists of the Islamic State. They stressed on the importance of solidifying the coordination between the Peshmerga forces and other parts of the Iraqi military system in order to further expedite the liberation of other Iraqi locales which are still in the hands of the terrorists. 

Fouad Ma’soum: Balkanization of Iraq is Impossible/ the Importance of Iran’s Help to Fight ISIS

Mehr News Agency carried out a written interview with the president of Iraq, Fouad Ma’soum of which outlines follow:

In the response to the first question relating to the cooperation between Iran and Iraq, regarding their competition in OPEC, Fouad Ma’soum said: the relations between Iran and Iraq has during past years gone past convergence and reached a common action which is the founder of strong relations accordance with constructive agreement and cooperation between two countries. He added: oil policy of Iran and Iraq as two members of OPEC has to be obedient of taken decisions according to this organization. Iraq tries the unity of members of OPEC and agreement as the main discipline in the organization operation.


Fouad Ma’soum, in a response to a question about Iraqi government’s look toward security arrangement and the role of transregional countries like America and England in this arrangement, said: the policy of Iraq is accordance with peaceful coexistence and its priority is security and healthy in a convergent regional environment in order to improve and peace. All the regional countries have the right to create their international strategic relations with whether America, England, European countries, Russia or China according to what they wish to. However what is important for us as neighboring countries desiring to meet coexistence principle is not to enter those coalitions which tend to balkanize the region and no to use the our strategic relations with great countries in the field of offending and causing insecurity among neighboring countries in the region.


Pointing the existence of intelligence center in Baghdad shared with Iran, Russia, Syria and Iraq, Mehr News Agency, relating to develop these cooperation and possibility for Iraq to demand Moscow in order to raise airstrikes from Syria to Iraq, asked Fouad Ma-soum. He replied that there is the possibility to cooperate with these countries. We are totally prepared to constructively cooperate to destroy terrorism getting a universal threat that we all are suffering; this treat is not limited just to a country or region. Humanity responsibility makes such cooperation occurs. Intelligence cooperation and synchronization among given countries have occurred and are ongoing and this is vital. But I do not believe that in present conditions Baghdad like Syria will ask Russia to attack ISIS in Iraq.


Concerning balancing policy in foreign policy of Iraq, among countries supporting terrorism and its opponents, Ma’soum said: this principle is true and we follow it. Many countries gradually understand the effect of this has opted by Iraq even at different times. Our relations with Saudi Arabia are developing but slowly. To slowly develop is better than nothing. Saudi Arabia has offered a $ 500 million help to Iraq; we came to an agreement to develop bilateral relations in our recent trip to Riyadh when visiting the Saudi king. In addition there has been a proper space to exchange information about terrorists’ movements between interior secretaries of Iraq and Saudi Arabia.


About balkanization of Iraq, cited by some America like Joe Biden, the president said: this is untrue and unreal. Never have such issue put in any meeting, conference or negotiations. We have not heard such talking from any sides; they are just media uproar. Furthermore relating to National Guard of Iraq and its effect on the army Ma’soum was asked and he replied: it was put accordance with the agreement among political fractions as current government got formed and it related general commander of armed forces of Iraq so called the P.M. the job of national guard of Iraq covers all over the country, not special regions. He also, about the role of public forces of Iraq fighting against Takfirists, said: volunteer public forces have been organized to fight ISIS in Iraq and as it is known this occurred by Ayatollah Sistani’s judgment after ISIS’s sudden attack to Iraq and Mosul’s fall. The purpose of formation of these forces was to defend Baghdad and other cities of Iraq; therefore public forces along with armed forces, Peshmerga and volunteers have patriotic mission to fight ISIS in the direction of defending Iraq and freeing tons and countries occupied. It is not possible to discard public forces for fighting ISIS since they are carrying out a national role they have been assigned.  




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