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KRG Spokesman to be Foreign Relations Head

By Amberin Zaman for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Former government spokesman tapped as KRG foreign relations head Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has formally announced that Safeen Dizayee, the former spokesman of the KRG, will serve as […]

Hawrami to be Top Energy Official in new KRG Cabinet

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Regional Government’s long-serving Minister of Natural Resources (MNR), Ashti Hawrami (pictured), is to be appointed to the post of Assistant Prime Minister for Energy Affairs in the new KRG cabinet. According to a report from Rudaw, it is not currently clear whether the move will result in the scrapping of […]

US Sanctions Four Iraqis

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated two militia figures, Rayan al-Kildani and Waad Qado, and two former Iraqi governors, Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan and Ahmed al-Jubouri, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and targets perpetrators […]

Pompeo “Seeks to Make Baghdad Embassy Pullout Permanent”

By Robbie Gramer, for Foreign Policy. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Pompeo Seeks to Make Baghdad Embassy Pullout Permanent, Officials Say In May, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered a partial evacuation of diplomats from the U.S. Embassy in Iraq […]

Iraqi Kurdistan Cabinet finally sees daylight

By Dana Taib Menmy for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani presented his new Cabinet July 10, vowing to institute reforms and reinvigorate the semi-autonomous government in Erbil, Iraq. Three main parties in Iraqi Kurdistan were […]

Iraq throws Turkey curveball in Bilateral Trade

By Fehim Tastekin for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Turkish exporters are reeling from an unprecedented blow in trade with Iraq that has splashed cold water on Ankara’s hopes to launch a second border crossing with its southern neighbor and boost bilateral trade […]

Iran Urges Closer Military Ties with Iraq

Defense Minister of Iran Brigadier General Amir Hatami called for the expansion of military and defense ties between Tehran and Baghdad, describing support for Iraq as a principled policy of the Islamic Republic. In a telephone conversation with his new Iraqi counterpart, General Hatami congratulated Najah Hassan Ali Al-Shammari on taking the post. Hailing Iraq […]

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Iraq “has a Role to Play” in Reducing Middle-East Tensions

By Padraig O’Hannelly. Following the increase in tensions in the Gulf region in recent weeks, two British diplomats have expressed the view that Iraq could have a positive role to play. Addressing delegates at CWC‘s Iraq Petroleum conference in London, the British Ambassador to Iraq, Jonathan Wilks CMG, said: “Iraq is strong enough now to […]

Govt to support Iraq’s Cement Industry

By John Lee. The Cabinet held its regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister, Adil Abd Al-Mahdi. The Cabinet approved a series of recommendations from the Ministerial Economic Council to support the growth of Iraq’s cement industry and to ensure that production capacity continues to meet domestic demand. No details […]