Kurdistan Islamic Union bloc in the parliament of Kurdistan, on Thursday, announced that it will not vote on the presidency of the Parliament of Kurdistan in the meeting scheduled to be held on the 18th of February.

"Kurdistan Islamic Union bloc will participate in the parliament session," Head of the bloc, Sherko Jawdat, told a news conference . "But we will not vote on the presidency that will be elected."

He said that "the presidency of parliament is part of the system of government in the region and is subject to the authority and we reject this form in the governance."

The Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Change Movement , on Thursday, failed to reach an agreement on the participation of change in the new government of the Kurdistan region.

The two sides held a meeting earlier today at the headquarters of the Political Bureau of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan region.

"We will hold a meeting again on Saturday to reach a final agreement on the participation of the Change Movement in the next government of Kurdistan," Kurdish Democratic Party spokesman Mahmoud Mohammad told reporters after the meeting.

The meeting of the heads of the parliamentary blocs with the interim president of the Kurdistan parliament, Riving Hirori , on Thursday ended with the agreement to hold a meeting of Parliament on the 18th of February.

Political sources said that it was agreed between the heads of blocs to vote on the presidency of the Parliament of Kurdistan in that meeting.

"This meeting was a consultation," Harouri said at a brief press conference held after the meeting in the parliament, saying that "the session of the Parliament of Kurdistan will be held on the 18th of this month at 11 am."

Secretary-General of the Kurdistan Islamic Union Salahuddin Muhammad Bahaauddin met with a number of cadres of the Union in Sulaymaniyah.

Secretary-General during his meeting with the cadres of the Kurdistan Islamic Union confirmed that the existence of the Union was in a period Kurdistan was in need to such ideas and ideology, adding that the period in which the Islamic Union appeared in the political arena in the Kurdistan region the ruling parties were in armed fighting.

Secretary-General referred to the efforts made by members and cadres of the Kurdistan Islamic Union during the 25 years since its declaration in 1994, and the sacrifices they made to fortify society.

Security sources and media, Wednesday, reported the arrest of "terrorist" entered with his mother to the hospital in central Kirkuk.

The sources said that "a security force arrested a terrorist entered his mother in a hospital in central Kirkuk with another person managed to escape."

The security forces announce from time to time the arrest of a number of wanted on charges "terrorism" in Baghdad and the provinces.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday accused Iran of being a “malign influence” in the Middle East, arguing that confronting Tehran is a must for peace and stability in the region. 

“You can’t achieve peace and stability in the Middle East without confronting Iran, it’s just not possible,” Pompeo told a press conference alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the second day of a U.S.-sponsored Mideast conference now underway in the Polish capital Warsaw. 

“They’re a malign influence in Lebanon, in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq, the three H’s: the Houthis, Hamas, and Hezbollah. These are real threats; there are others as well. But you can’t get peace in the Middle East without pushing back against Iran,” he added. 

The two-day U.S.-sponsored conference started Thursday with representatives from several Arab and Western states. The meeting is ostensibly aimed at discussing peace and security in the Middle East, the fight against terrorism, and missile development and proliferation. 

For his part, Netanyahu called the conference a “historic turning point".

“In a room of some 60 foreign ministers and representatives of dozens of governments, an Israeli prime minister and the foreign ministers of the leading Arab countries stood together and spoke with unusual force, clarity, and unity against the common threat of the Iranian regime,” Netanyahu said. 

“I think this marks a change, an important understanding of what threatens our future, what we have to do to secure it, and the possibilities of cooperation that extend beyond security to every realm of life for the peoples of the Middle East,” he added. 

On Wednesday, Israeli media outlets reported that Netanyahu held a “secret meeting” in the Polish capital with Omani Foreign Minister Yousef bin Alawi. 

Also late Wednesday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blasted the gathering. 

“Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day that #WarsawCircus begins?” Zarif wrote on Twitter, referring to a suicide attack in Iran which killed at least 27 members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. 

“Especially when cohorts of same terrorists cheer it from Warsaw streets & support it with Twitter bots? US seems to always make the same wrong choices, but expect different results,” he added.

Twenty-seven members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard were killed in a suicide attack in the southeast of the country on Wednesday. 

At least 10 members of the Guard were also wounded in the suicide car-bomb attack, which targeted a bus transporting the security force, Iran's Fars news reported.

"This incident will not damage the resolute will of the people in defending the Islamic revolution, and the national resolve for an unrelenting battle against terrorism will become more resolute than ever," said Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency.

The state-run IRNA news agency, citing what it described as an "informed source", reported the attack on the security forces occurred in Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province.

The province, which lies on a major opium trafficking route, has seen occasional clashes between Iranian forces and Baluch separatists, as well as drug traffickers.

Twisted metal

The attack happened on the road between the cities of Zahedan and Khash, a volatile area near the Pakistan border where armed groups and drug smugglers frequently operate.

The Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) armed group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Fars.

Images released by the news agency showed a hulk of twisted metal at the scene.

The Guard issued a statement confirming the attack. It said the troops were returning from the border.

"In this suicide attack a car filled with explosives blew up beside a bus carrying a unit of the Guard ground forces causing the martyrdom and wounding of a number of the protectors of our Islamic homeland's border," it said.

Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said security forces "will take revenge for the blood of the martyrs". 

The attack came on the day of a US-led conference in Warsaw that included discussions on what the United States describes as Iran's "malign influence" across the wider Middle East. 

Iranian officials have blamed Saudi Arabia and the United States for stirring up dissent in the country.As Iran, Russia & Turkey ready a summit in Sochi to work for peace in Syria & UN Court rejects US excuses & readies to rule on US theft of Iranian people’s assets, flip-flopping Trump officials try to hide their perpetual lawlessness & global isolation behind a charade in Warsaw.

 

Repeatedly targetted

The Guard is a major economic and military power in Iran, answerable only to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

While Iran has been enmeshed in the wars engulfing Syria and neighbouring Iraq, it largely has avoided the bloodshed plaguing the region.

In 2009, more than 40 people, including six Guard commanders, were killed in a suicide attack in Sistan-Baluchestan province. Jundallah, a pro-Sunni group still active in the region on Iran's border with Pakistan, claimed responsibility for that attack.

Most recently, an attack on a military parade in September 2018 in Iran's oil-rich southwest killed more than 20 and wounded about 60.


 
 

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA NEWS

Political Bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan held a meeting on Wednesday after the meeting in a statement announced that the meeting to be held for the Parliament of Kurdistan on the 18th of this month is linked to the agreement of the Patriotic Union with the Democratic Party.

Saadi Ahmed Pira , spokesman for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in a press statement announced that the delegation of the two parties the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party will meet in the next few days on the draft political project agreed between the two sides and the meeting will be held on Friday a delegation of the Democratic Party visit the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in Sulaymaniyah.

Head of the Kurdistan Islamic Union bloc in the Parliament of Kurdistan calls for a meeting between the interim President of the Parliament of Kurdistan with the heads of parliamentary blocs.

Sherko Jawdat, head of the Kurdistan Islamic Union bloc in the Parliament of Kurdistan in a statement to "Kurdiu" announced that they are demanding a meeting between the interim president of the Parliament of Kurdistan with the heads of parliamentary blocs as soon as possible.

Adding that the meeting should address the preparations for the meeting of the Parliament of Kurdistan scheduled to be held on the 18th of this month.

Muslims leaders in Europe met in Denmark to discuss the humanitarian situation facing the Uighur people in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

Ongoing human rights violations in the region are "unacceptable", European Muslim Forum (EMF) head Abdulvahed Niyazov said at the 4th EMF board meeting, held Tuesday in Copenhagen.

"We will visit the Chinese embassy in Copenhagen and tell them that their policies towards the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region are unacceptable," Niyazov said. 

Along with EMF board members, the meeting was attended by Turghunjan Alawudun, director of religious affairs for the World Uighur Congress; Gadzhimurad Omarov, a member of the Russian State Duma’s foreign relations committee; and a number of foreign diplomats. 

Several meeting participants also stated their intention to raise the issue with religious figures in Denmark.

China’s Xinjiang region is home to some 10 million Uighurs. The Turkic Muslim group, which accounts for roughly 45 percent of Xinjiang’s total population, has long accused the Chinese authorities of political, economic and cultural discrimination.

Over the last two years, China has subjected the region to increasingly draconian restrictions, including banning men from growing beards and women from wearing veils. 

China has also introduced what many observers see as the world’s most extensive electronic surveillance program, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal.

Meanwhile, as many as 1 million people -- roughly 7 percent of Xinjiang’s Muslim population -- have been incarcerated in an ever-expanding network of “political re-education” camps, according to both U.S. and UN officials.

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