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Published On: Sun, Nov 3rd, 2013

US Invites Barzani and Al-Maliki up to Atlantic Council Energy Summit

The President of Iraq´s Kurdish Administrated Area, Masoud Barzani, and Iraq´s Prime Minister, Nouri Al-Maliki have been invited to Washington. The Invitations were extended, as the George Soros funded Atlantic Council, a Think Tank with close Ties to the Pentagon, is set to convene in Istanbul for an Energy Summit on 22 – 23 November.

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) , – US Middle East diplomacy is kicking into high gear as the George Soros funded think-tank, The Atlantic Council, is set to convene in Istanbul for an Energy Summit on 22 – 23 November. A central point of the agenda is Iraqi oil, including, and specifically the oil in the Kurdish Administrated Area in Northern Iraq.

Photo: Aydinlik Daily

Photo: Aydinlik Daily

The Turkish newspaper Aydinlik Daily reports, that the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as well as the leader of the Kurdish Administrated Areas of Northern Iraq, Masoud Barzani, have been invited to come to Washington in the coming week.

After the United States and its allies’ failure to secure a military “intervention” against Syria under the pretext of chemical weapons use, carried out by Saudi and US backed Liwa-al-Islam militants, Washington´s diplomacy began focusing on the region´s Kurdish areas in Northern Iraq and North-Eastern Syria in an attempt to increase US access to the region’s oil resources.

Nechervan Barzani, President of the Northern Iraq Regional Administration

Nechervan Barzani, President of the Northern Iraq Regional Administration

Also a conference, organized by the PKK associated Turkish party BDP, titled “The Kurdish Role in the New Middle East” attracted the attention of the United States`diplomacy. The conference was, among others, attended by BDP Co-Chairman Selahattin Demirtas and Nazmi Gür, reports Aydinlik Daily (AD). The Turkish newspaper reports that it was on the initiative of US diplomacy, that the Turkish government and Barzani tried to hold the PYD outside of the equation. The presence of Salih Muslim at the conference via video call however, suggests that the PYD is unwilling to be kept out.

The increased US diplomacy with regards to the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Syria and Turkey as well as ultimately Iran, comes against the backdrop of an Energy Summit of the George Soros funded think-tank The Atlantic Council. The council convenes in Istanbul on 22 and 23 November. The Atlantic Council has close ties to the US Department of Defense and the State Department, and has a number of members who are known from “federalization projects”.

Madelein AlbrightAttending the Energy Summit will be, among others, the former US secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, US Secretary of Energy, Ernst Monitz, Atlantic Council President Frederick Kempe, Brent Scowcroft, the Minister of natural Resources from the Kurdish Administrated Areas of Northern Iraq, and Turkey´s President Abdullah Gül, who will be opening the summit on 22 November.

Although it is not part of the summit´s official agenda, it’s improbable that the establishment of a Kurdish State on Turkish, Syrian, Iraqi and Iranian territory will not be discussed at meetings behind closed doors.

Fred_kempe_atlantic_councilThe words of Atlantic Council President Frederick Kempe clearly convey that the members of the Atlantic Council as well as the US administration perceive the current situation in the Middle East, including the war on Syria, as a situation of greatest historical significance. Speaking about the Atlantic Council´s “Energy Summit” on 22 – 23 November, Frederick Kempe said:

“We view the current period as a turning point, just like 1918 and 1945. Turkey is in every way a central country, as a creator of regional stability. However much the USA and Turkey can work in unison, that is how effective they will be.”

KissingerThe statement implies, that the former colonial powers, along with the new colonial power USA, continue to consider themselves as being entitled to redraw the map of the region. Dr. Henry Kissinger is the one who came closest to discussing how the old and new colonialist powers perceive the situation in the Middle East when he asked, whether the principles of non-interference into sovereign nations, based on the Treaty of Westphalia and the UN Charter, would apply to those Arab nations, whose borders had been arbitrarily drawn by the former colonial powers.

Ch/L – nsnbc

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About the Author

- Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and former independent political consultant on conflict, conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. In March 2013 he established nsnbc as a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at

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