World Bulletin / News Desk
“Foreign missions in [Kurdish region] are not political but they are there to provide services to the Kurdish people and foreign citizens,” ministry spokesman Ahmed Mahjoub told a press conference in Baghdad.
Tension has been high between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) since the latter held a controversial referendum in September on secession from Iraq, which Iraq describes as illegitimate.
As for Arab disputes, the spokesman said Iraq was not involved in current differences between Arab countries.
Iraq does not support any blockade imposed against any country, the spokesman said, going on to stress that Iraq may mediate between "brotherly countries" if requested to resolve the problem.
The Iraqi spokesman also said that a Qatari embassy will be opened soon in Baghdad.
In June, four Arab states – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain – severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.
Regarding the issue of resigned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Mahjoub said Iraq “stands on the same distance from all sides in all crises”.
“We communicate with Saudi Arabia and Lebanon to resolve the crisis. We do not believe that this crisis would cause any distress,” Majdoub said.
Last week, Hariri announced a surprise resignation during a televised speech from Saudi Arabia amid rumors that he was being held by Riyadh.
On Sunday, Hariri denied allegations that he was held by Saudi authorities, saying he will return “soon” to Beirut.
Iraq suffers from acute financial crisis due to dropped oil prices and anti-terrorism expenses
Thousands of supporters poured into the streets of the capital island Male on Friday night and continued their protest rally till early Saturday, the joint opposition said in a statement issued in Colombo.
Also suspended were the accounts of its parent organization, Strategic Communication Laboratories, as well as those of University of Cambridge psychologist Aleksandr Kogan and Christopher Wylie, who runs Eunoia Technologies.
Andrew McCabe was accused of misleading investigators on Clinton Foundation corruption case
Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell told reporters after talks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday that the U.S. also wants to see a resumption of talks to reunify the ethnically divided island nation.
"There were seven people aboard, they are all believed to be dead," the official said, adding they were US service members.
A doctor at the private Goyal Hospital told AFP Friday that Clinton had undergone screening after suffering pain in her right hand following a fall.
The alliance is "dealing with the issue around this and in cyber and working to define an understanding of what would be a trigger for Article 5," General Curtis Scaparrotti, the commander of NATO forces in Europe, told a US Senate committee.
Speaking to reporters as he returned from a trip to Oman, Afghanistan and Bahrain, Mattis said officials he met with had expressed frequent concerns about Iranian behavior.
The newspaper said that Trump is discussing potential replacements for McMaster, but is willing to take his time because he wants to avoid humiliating him as well as to have a successor ready.
19 individuals, 5 entities blacklisted by Washington
Saeb Erekat slams recent White House meeting on Gaza's deteriorating humanitarian situation
Salim al-Jabouri says Turkey and Iraq will defeat terrorism together through 'full cooperation'
Oil is the lifeblood of OPEC member Venezuela's economy, but a major wave of political unrest that shows no sign of abating has slashed output.