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KRG Welcomes 3 New Diplomats to Kurdistan

The Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, this week welcomed the arrival of new Korean, Dutch and French diplomats posted to the Kurdistan Region. “We are very pleased at the level of international representation that we now see in the Kurdistan Region,” Minister Mustafa said. “The international presence here represents the […]

Iraq and US Reaffirm Strategic Partnership

By John Lee. The Governments of the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America reaffirmed their strategic partnership during a meeting of the Political and Diplomatic Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on September 2, in Baghdad. This meeting, held at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was co-chaired by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari […]

Friend or Foe? Baghdad and Erbil’s ‘Arms Race’

By Hoshnag Ose. This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A recent stoush between Iraqi and Iraqi Kurdish forces near the Syrian border is a symptom of the “arms race” between the two. They act more […]

KRG Warns on Oil Exports

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Regional Government has again warned Baghdad that it will stop exporting oil if the central government continues withholding payments to the oil companies operating in the region. The KRG has set 1st September as the start date for halting oil exports. An official has said Baghdad has not given any […]

Korean Consul General Completes Term in Erbil

Outgoing Consul General Joo Joong-Chul met on Monday with the Head of the KRG's Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, as he prepares to depart for his next assignment at the Republic of Korea’s embassy in Baghdad. Minister Mustafa thanked Mr Joong-Chul for his nation’s continued support and for his personal contribution during his […]

Is Iraqi Kurdistan a Democracy or a Monarchy?

By Zanko Ahmad. This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Two families in Iraqi Kurdistan seem to reserve all the top political jobs for relatives. Recently the ‘crown princes’ both got new, high level jobs. The […]

Iraq Exempts Citizens from Electricity & Water Charges

By John Lee. The Iraqi government said on Tuesday that it will exempt Iraqi citizens from paying electricity and water bills until all power plant installations are completed and services are provided 24 hours a day. Salam al-Quraishi, Iraqi government's economic advisor, told Al-Shorfa news agency: "The decision was made after a review of the […]

Barzani: Kurdistan will be Self-Sufficient in Fuel and Electricity

By John Lee. The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Nechirvan Barzani (pictured), has said that the policy of his government is to achieve self-sufficiency in fuel and electricity generation. He said that the Baghdad government is cutting Kurdistan's share from the fuel produced at the Iraqi refineries. "Therefore, in these two fields […]

Iraqi Government Acts to Defuse Power-Cut Rage

By Abu Iraq and Khalid Waleed. This article was originally published by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, iwpr.net, and it is reproduced by Iraq Business News with permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News Iraq's government sacked a senior energy […]

UN Concerned over Delay in New Electoral Board

By John Lee. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler (pictured), has expressed his concern over the delay in selecting the new Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC). "Any further postponement in appointing the new Commissioners would pose a serious threat to the democratic process in […]