Türkiye Maarif Vakfından Erbil'de “Kardeşlik Gecesi”

ERBİL (AA) – Türkiye Maarif Vakfı (TMV) tarafından Irak'ın Erbil kentinde "Kardeşlik Gecesi" düzenlendi.

Erbil Uluslararası Maarif Okulu'nda düzenlenen ve vakfın tanıtıldığı sinevizyon gösterimiyle başlayan programda, Şanlıurfa Ateşi müzik grubu türküler seslendirdi.

TMV Başkanı Prof. Dr. Birol Akgün, programda yaptığı konuşmada, Erbil Uluslararası Maarif Okulu'nun Irak'ta açılan ilk TMV okulu olduğunu hatırlatarak, okulun hem kalite hem nicel olarak gelişmesi ve kabul görmesinin gurur ve sevinç vesilesi olduğunu söyledi.

Okulun, çocukları yarınlarına hazırlamak için hizmet ettiğini vurgulayan Akgün, "Hepimizin ortak hedefi bu çocukların iyi yetişmesi ve iyi birer insan olmasıdır. Onun için Maarif Vakfı olarak yaptığımız, iyi insan yetiştirmektir. İnşallah hep beraber bu okul bu amaca hizmet edecek." dedi.

Türkiye'nin Erbil Başkonsolosu Hakan Karaçay da Türkiye Maarif Vakfının Erbil'de uluslararası standartlarda kaliteli bir eğitim verdiğini aktardı.

Karaçay, Erbil Uluslararası Maarif Okulu'nun hem Türk vatandaşları hem de Iraklıların teveccühüne mahzar olduğunu belirterek, "Burada çeşitli etnik gruplardan öğrencilerin uyumlu bir şekilde eğitimlerini almaya devam ettiğini görüyoruz. Bu açıdan okulun önemli bir boşluğu doldurduğunu düşünüyorum." diye konuştu.

Başkonsolos Karaçay, okulun sadece uluslararası standartlarda çocukların eğitimine ve geleceğine katkıda bulunmakla kalmadığını, aynı zamanda burada FETÖ bağlantılı yapılarla mücadele açısından önemli bir mihenk taşı olduğunu kaydetti.

Programa, TMV Başkanı Prof. Dr. Birol Akgün, TMV Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi Büyükelçi Hasan Yavuz, Türkiye'nin Erbil Başkonsolosu Hakan Karaçay, Erbil Türkmen Milletvekili Aydın Maruf, TMV Ortadoğu ve Kuzey Afrika Bölge Koordinatörü Ramazan Turgut, Maarif Vakfı Irak Direktörü Muhammet Emin Şimşek'in yanı sıra çok sayıda veli ve misafir katıldı.

Programın sonunda katılımcılara çiğ köfte ve tatlı ikram edildi.

14. Erbil Uluslararası Kitap Fuarı açıldı

ERBİL (AA) – Irak'ın Erbil kentinde 14. Uluslararası Kitap Fuarı açıldı.

Fuarın açılış törenine Kürdistan Demokrat Partisi (KDP) Genel Başbakanı Mesut Barzani ve Vataniyye Koalisyonu lideri İyad Allavi'nin yanı sıra bölgedeki çok sayıda siyasetçi ve yazar da katıldı.

AA muhabirine konuşan, Erbil Uluslararası Kitap Fuarı Müdürü Abdullah Ahmed, 21 ülkeden toplam 300 yayın evinin katıldığı fuarda yaklaşık 1 milyon kitabın kitapseverlerle buluşturulduğunu ifade etti.

Ahmed, fuarın 10 gün boyunca gezilebileceğini dile getirdi.

Erbil'de Miraç Kandili idrak edildi

ERBİL (AA) – Irak'ın Erbil kentindeki vatandaşlar, Hazreti Muhammed'in Allah'ın huzuruna yükseldiği gece olarak kabul edilen Miraç Kandili'ni idrak etti.

Kentin Savvaf Camisi'nde Türkmenli TV sponsorluğuyla düzenlenen ve Kur'an-ı Kerim tilavetiyle başlayan programda, Türkçe mevlit ve dualar okundu.

Yoğun katılımın olduğu programda, Ankara Kocatepe Camisi İmam Hatibi İsmail Coşar'ın okuduğu ilahilerle vatandaşlar kandilin manevi havasını yaşadı.

Programa, Türkiye'nin Erbil Başkonsolosu Hakan Karaçay, Irak Meclis Başkan Yardımcısı Beşir Halil Haddad, Erbil Valisi Nevzad Hadi, Erbil Türkmen Milletvekilleri Aydın Maruf ile Muhammed İlhanlı'nın yanı sıra çok sayıda vatandaş katıldı.

Miraç Kandili programına katılan vatandaşlara lokum ikram edildi.

AnadoluJet starts flights to Erbil, N.Iraq

By Muhammed Ali Gurtas

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's national flag carrier subsidiary AnadoluJet on Thursday started international flights from two southeastern Turkish provinces to Erbil, northern Iraq.

The company expanded its flight network with a new overseas destination in addition to its previous flights to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

"With a motto of everybody should fly, AnadoluJet presented its advantageous prices to the passengers flying from Gaziantep and Diyarbakir to Erbil," the airline said.

The company said Gaziantep – Erbil and Diyarbakir – Erbil reciprocal flights will run three days a week with a starting cost of $99.

The airline also noted that the new destination hosts Erbil Citadel, one of the world's oldest known buildings, which has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2014.

Samil Karakas, head of the company, said: "Flying from these two important cities of Anatolia to Erbil, a city known for its historical and natural wonders, we continue our task of building bridges between cities and cultures."

"We believe that these flights will offer great benefits to the development of trade relations in the region," Karakas added.

AnadoluJet, which was established in 2008 as a sub-brand of Turkish Airlines, currently flies to over 70 destinations with its fleet of 37 aircrafts.

Turkish Airlines, founded in 1933, flies to more than 300 destinations in over 120 countries.

Last year, the company carried 75.2 million passengers with a seat occupancy rate of 82 percent, and this year aims to reach 80 million passengers on domestic and international routes.

The airline’s net profit reached 4.04 billion Turkish liras ($753 million) last year, up from 639 million liras ($223 million) in 2017.

AnadoluJet flights to Erbil to foster ties with Iraq

By Zuhal Kocalar

GAZIANTEP, Turkey (AA) – Flights from Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep to Erbil, northern Iraq will boost economic ties between the two nations, the governor said Wednesday.

“Flights will increase our trade with Iraq and contribute to Gaziantep in terms of health tourism and eliminate delays in border gates and roads,” said Davut Gul in a statement.

Gul also noted that AnadoluJet — a subsidiary of flag carrier Turkish Airlines – flights to Erbil will start on Thursday providing faster transportation for business people and tourists.

For the launch period, flights between Gaziantep and Erbil will run thrice a week — on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

AnadoluJet operates on 69 routes in 41 airports with a fleet of 36 aircraft.

*Writing by Gozde Bayar

Gaziantep-Erbil uçak seferleri yarın başlıyor

GAZİANTEP (AA) – Gaziantep Valisi Davut Gül, Gaziantep-Erbil arasında yarın başlayacak uçak seferlerinin, Irak'la yapılan ticareti daha da arttıracağını, sağlık turizmi alanında Gaziantep'e ciddi katkılar sunacağını belirtti.

Gül, yaptığı yazılı açıklamada, ülke, bölge ve özellikle de Gaziantep ekonomisi, sanayisi, ticareti ve turizmi açısından hayati öneme sahip olan Gaziantep-Erbil arasındaki uçak seferlerinin, yarın THY-Anadolu Jet tarafından başlatılacağını ifade etti.

Anadolu Jet tarafından haftada 3 gün planlanan Gaziantep-Erbil uçak seferlerinin, pazartesi, çarşamba ve cumartesi günleri Gaziantep’ten saat 01.40’ta Erbil’den ise saat 04.00 yapılacağını ifade eden Gül, şunları kaydetti:

"Gaziantep’ten Irak-Erbil’e gitmek isteyen iş adamlarımız ve Irak-Erbil’den ilimize gelmek isteyen Iraklı iş adamları ve turistler artık zaman kaybetmeden, kara yolunu kullanmadan hızlı bir ulaşım sağlayacaklardır. Artık her iki ülke iş adamlarımız ve yolcular için zahmetli olan yolculuk geride kalıyor. Uçak seferleri, Irak'la yapılan ticaretimizi daha da artıracak, sağlık turizmi alanında ilimize ciddi katkılar sunacak, sınır kapılarında ve yollarda yaşanan gecikmeleri ortadan kaldıracaktır. İlimize her yönüyle katkı sunacak olan Gaziantep-Erbil uçak seferlerinin her iki ülke halkına hayırlı olmasını ve bu seferlerin artarak devam etmesini temenni ederim."

Turkish envoy holds several meetings in Iraq

            By Haydar Karaalp</p>  <p>BAGHDAD (AA) – Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Minister on Wednesday held meetings on bilateral relations and regional developments with Iraqi officials in Iraq's capital and in the northern city of Erbil.</p>  <p>Sedat Onal met the head of the Iraqi National Security Council (INSC) Falih Alfayyadh and Iraqi envoy for Foreign Affairs Nizar Hayrullah to talk about bilateral relations, according to a statement from the press office of the INSC.</p>  <p>Turkey’s Ambassador to Iraq Fatih Yildiz said on Twitter Onal’s meeting with Iraqi officials “aims to develop our relations with Iraq.”</p>  <p>Onal also met Iraqi parliament’s Turkmen bloc lawmakers in Turkey’s Baghdad embassy.</p>  <p>Apart from the Baghdad meetings, Onal met separately with the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Kubat Talabani and the Undersecretary of KRG Security Agency Mesrur Barzani in Erbil.</p>  <p>Onal also met the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Kubat Talabani and the Undersecretary of KRG Security Agency Mesrur Barzani in Erbil.</p>  <p> Onal and Barzani discussed regional developments, bilateral relations and the process of establishing a new government in the KRG, according to a statement from Mesrur Barzani's press office.</p>  <p>Barzani expressed his wish to develop better relations with Turkey in all areas.</p>  <p>Onal and Talabani discussed the recent situation of disputed regions in Iraq and relations between Erbil and Baghdad, according to a statement from the website of the Prime Ministry of the KRG.</p>  <p>Talabani pointed out that KRG wants Turkish investors to play a greater role in the KRG.</p>  <p>* Writing by Gozde Bayar</p>  <p> 

AnadoluJet launches flights to Erbil, N.Iraq

By Tuba Sahin

ANKARA (AA) – AnadoluJet, a subsidiary of flag carrier Turkish Airlines, will offer flights from Turkey’s southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir and Gaziantep to Erbil, northern Iraq starting on March 21.

Erbil will be AnadoluJet's second international destination, in addition to its existing flights to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, said a statement by the carrier.

For the launch period, service between Diyarbakir and Gaziantep, Turkey and Erbil will be offered three times a week, with tickets costing $99.

Pointing to Turkish Airlines' impending switch to the new mega-Istanbul Airport marking a significant period of change, Ilker Ayci, Turkish Airlines chairman, said:

"Istanbul Airport gives Turkish Airlines and its subsidiaries the courage to make strides towards their goals."

AnadoluJet operates on 69 routes in 41 airports with a fleet of 36 aircraft.

Kirkuk’s Arabs seek suspension of provincial council

            By Hussein al-Amir</p>  <p>BAGHDAD (AA) – Arab factions in Iraq’s Kirkuk province are calling on Baghdad to suspend the provincial council over an agreement between the region’s two main Kurdish parties.</p>  <p>In a joint statement Tuesday, the Arab Council in Kirkuk, lawmakers of the Arab coalition in parliament and the Arab members of Kirkuk's provincial council also called on the federal armed forces to impose the law at all administrative borders in response to the “unilateral northern agreement”.</p>  <p>Earlier in the day, the two main political parties in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region signed a “comprehensive” agreement on provincial administration. They agreed to negotiate with the federal government in Baghdad for the return of the Peshmerga to Kirkuk, after which they would discuss the appointment of a new governor.</p>  <p>The deal, the details of which remain vague, was signed in Erbil by Nechirvan Barzani of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Kosrat Rasul Ali of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).</p>  <p> “We have signed a comprehensive agreement and are now in the process of forming a committee to follow up on its implementation,” said PUK spokesman Latif Sheikh Omar at a joint press conference after the signing.</p>  <p>KDP spokesman Mahmoud Mohamed said the purpose of the agreement was to “get the Kurdish house in order and respond to the will of the region’s people”. </p>  <p>“This agreement will facilitate the formation of the region’s next government along with several parliamentary committees.</p>  <p> &quot;We call on the Arab and Turkmen masses to prepare and unite for the stage of defending their freedom and gains achieved by the blood of the martyrs who sacrificed themselves for Iraqi Kirkuk,&quot; the two parties said in a joint statement.</p>  <p>Iraq’s oil-rich Kirkuk province has long been the subject of dispute between the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdish region.</p>  <p>In late 2017, federal forces moved into several parts of Iraq disputed between Baghdad and the Kurdish region, including Kirkuk. </p>  <p>The deployments followed an illegitimate referendum on Kurdish regional independence that had been widely condemned by many states in the region.</p>  <p>Ties between the Iraqi federal government and Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) have been improving in recent months, however, leading to the resumption of security coordination between them.</p>  <p>Kirkuk province is home to a mix of Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen.</p>  <p>Following Erbil's illegal referendum on secession in October 2017, federal forces imposed control over the province, which had been under the control of northern Peshmerga forces.

Iraqi Kurd Region Gov’t still eyeing Kirkuk: Official

            By Haydar Karaalp</p>  <p>BAGHDAD (AA) – No official decision has yet been made regarding the return of Kurdish Peshmerga forces to Kirkuk, or to other areas disputed between Baghdad and Erbil, a KRG official said.

Jabbar Yawar, secretary-general of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG)’s Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, made the statement on Tuesday.

But in another Tuesday statement, the KRG also hailed what it described as “joint mobilizations” — by both Iraqi federal forces and Peshmerga — against the lingering Daesh terrorist presence in Kirkuk, Diyala, Saladin, Mosul and Makhmur.

In late 2017, federal forces moved into several parts of Iraq disputed between the central government and Erbil, the semi-autonomous Kurdish region’s administrative capital.

The deployments, which followed an illegitimate referendum on Kurdish regional independence, saw the accompanying withdrawal of Peshmerga forces from these areas.

Notably, federal forces deployed in these areas were recently replaced by Iraqi Special Forces, prompting speculation of the possible return of Peshmerga to these areas.