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Sunday, 15 Jun 2014

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Representative of Iraq's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Tehran Nazem Dabbagh said Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan Region plan to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Saturday in a bid to expand the further mutual cooperation on economy and trade.

"The MoU includes business, economy, investment and supporting private sector. It also includes some recommendations for border offices and organizations to facilitate these issues," Dabbagh told ISNA.

Managing Director of Iran's Physical Education Organization Ali Saeedlou, Secretary of Iranian Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and Head of Iran-Iraq economic cooperation headquarters Hassan Kazemi Qomi will attend the ceremony.

Also Iraqi Kurdistan's Minister of Construction and Housing in the Development of Housing Units Kamran Ahmed Abdullah will arrive in Tehran on Saturday to join the ceremony.

Iran and the Iraqi Kurdistan region have enjoyed growing ties ever since the overthrow of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, during the 2003 US invasion of the Muslim country.


Dabbagh announced in July that the value of the trade ties between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan region will exceed $4bln this year thanks to the two sides' growing cooperation.


He voiced Kurdistan's willingness to boost trade ties with Iran, and noted, "The present and the future of Iran and Kurdistan are tied to each other. They should always have continued contacts with each other."


Also in July, Deputy Head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Barham Salih was in Iran to explore avenues for the further development of the bilateral relations between the two sides.

During the five-day trip, Salih discussed consolidation of PUK relations with Iran as well as the role, importance and expansion of Iraq's ties with the Islamic Republic.

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Thursday, 05 Jun 2014

 Nazim Dabagh, the representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) office in Tehran and a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, rejects allegations of Iranian interference in last month’s local elections in Kurdistan, in which the PUK made a comeback from earlier poll losses. He says that PUK is not the only Kurdish party with close relations with Iran, and that all parties in Kurdistan have ties to Tehran. In this interview with Rudaw Dabagh, who has been the KRG representative in Tehran since 1999, speaks about the work of his office, Iran’s relations with Iraq and Kurdistan, and about Qassem Soleimani, the powerful Iranian commander who is widely believed to run policy in Iraq and Kurdistan. “Soleimani, as far as I know, is a man who from when he was a soldier until now, has been a loyal man to his faith, his country and his beliefs,” Dabagh says. “I see Qassem Soleimani as a good friend of the Kurds at this stage.” Here is an edited transcript of Dabagh’s interview with Rudaw:

Wednesday, 07 May 2014

Erbil and Tehran cooperate to fight fuel smuggling: Dabbagh tells Kurdpress 

Friday, 28 Mar 2014

We Should Follow Long-Term Economic Interests in Region 

Iraqi Kurdistan’s government and the Islamic Republic of Iran have had good political, cultural and social relations with each other since many years ago which have been strengthened after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013

 A recent report of the death of the Iraqi Kurdish President Jalal Talabani was denied.

Friday, 25 Oct 2013

IPSC: Having close cultural and language relations with Turkey, Iraqi Turks or Turkish Iraqis have resided in north of the country. Turkmans are the third ethnics in Iraq after Arabs and Kurds. Land of Turkmans’ geography prolongs Hakari and Sirt borderlines. Tale’afer city is the northern land where Turkmans live. In Kurdistan Region, together with Kurds, live other minorities such as Ashuri, Kaldani and Armani (eds) and Turkmans that could achieve some part of minorities’ 11 seat in the Parliament at recent election. To review of role of Turkmans in Iraq we interviewed with Mr. Nazm Dabbagh, The representative of Iraqi Kurds in Iran.

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