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Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in Erbil.

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Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Erbil . The German foreign minister discussed the war against Islamic State (ISIS), military assistance to Peshmerga forces, and German relations with the region.The KRG said in a statement that Gabriel reaffirmed German military and humanitarian assistance for the Kurdistan Region during the meeting with KRG premier Barzani. The statement added that Gabriel also said Germany will try to strengthen bilateral relations in all fields with the Kurdistan Region. He also stated that dialogue and discussion between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region should take place in order to resolve outstanding issues. According to a defense ministry spokesman, Germany has delivered 70 tons of weapons, including 1,500 rifles, 100 shoulder-fired rockets and three armored vehicles, to the KRG.

Displaced Iraqis want return; Kurdish ministry not sure they will.

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More than 1.2 million people from the Nineveh province have been displaced. The displaced want to return home, according to an international organization; however, a Kurdish minister largely doesn’t expect the displaced to return home after the defeat of the extremist group. “In the long term, 98% of IDPs [from Nineveh] are determined to return to their location of origin, and the low percentage of those willing to locally integrate (2%) is mostly of families who have no other choice because they were evicted from their last location of displacement”, reads a report from the International Organization for Migration (IOM)-Iraq Mission. The report was published on the eve of the Migration and Displacement in Iraq conference at University of Kurdistan Hewler held on Wednesday. Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Interior Minister Karim Sinjari, who addressed attendees at the event, said the KRG doesn’t expect the 1.3 million IDPs now in Kurdistan to return to their places in big numbers after the defeat of ISIS.


Iraq’s oil ministry claimed no information on Kurdistan oil revenue due to lack of access

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Kurdish MP in the Iraqi Parliament, Hoshyar Abdullah, asked the Oil Ministry on February 14 to disclose how many barrels of oil are exported by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) per day, as well as information regarding revenue of the region’s oil sales. Since October 2015 the Kurdistan parliament has been in recess after Barzani forces prevented Kurdistan Parliament’s Speaker Yusuf Mohammad Sadiq from entering Erbil city on October 12, 2015 and Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani has removed four members of his cabinet from the Change Movement and replaced them with KDP politicians. The Kurdish opposition accused the Barzani and its KDP party of a monopoly all government’s positions in Erbil

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