Abdul Mahdi will visit Berlin, Paris and then Washington next week to discuss Iran’s sanctions



The strategic expert, Al-Hashemi, Tuesday, expressed the intention of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to visit Germany, France and America next week, indicating that Abdul-Mahdi will discuss in Washington to exclude Iraq from the import of Iranian gas in the coming period.

“Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi plans to visit Germany, France and the United States next week to discuss the development of relations and the war on terror,” al-Hashemi told the news agency.

“The prime minister will discuss with the US administration the extension of Iraq’s exemption from sanctions against Iran for several months to import gas for the operation of power plants in Iraq,” he said.

“The region is in a new crisis with increasing US sanctions against Iran and Tehran and Iraq are taking more serious positions to resolve crises without harming their interests,” he said.



Photos reveal for the first time inside the new building project of the Central Bank


Revision date: 2019/4/22 22:41 • 188 times read
{Baghdad: Al Furat News} Our agency publishes pictures revealing for the first time the project of the new building of the building of the Central Bank of Iraq in Baghdad, designed by Iraq’s late international architect Zaha Hadid.
The project is carried out by the global company {Daax Construction}, the same company that carried out flame towers and Heydar Aliyev center in the Azerbaijani capital Baku. 
The company’s cadres started with concrete work at the base of the bank building, which will be the highest tower under construction in Iraq, consisting of 37 floors and a height of 170 meters. 
The building overlooking the Tigris River next to the Babel Hotel in Jadiriyah area includes gold and silver vaults, offices, conference and meeting rooms, a museum, a ceremonial area, car parks and green spaces, and a memorial to Zaha Hadid in honor of Zaha Hadid. 
The contract with the company for the implementation of the project is $ 800 million, and the design cost is $ 70 million.
It is noteworthy that the Central Bank of Iraq was signed in January 2012, a contract with the Office of the late architect Zaha Hadid to develop designs for the new bank building. 
The world-famous Iraqi engineer designed it to match the global buildings, leaving the choice of the company executing this design for the advisory bodies in the bank, because of the austerity and expenses of the war against “Daash.” 
Eighteen companies advanced to complete this design, and under the legal procedures, 4 companies remained in competition to be selected by the global company {Daax Construction}. 
In an earlier interview in 2017, Eng. Saleh Mahoud Salman, Director General of the Central Bank’s Administration, pointed out that Hadid’s reaction was very positive and enthusiastic because the design of the Central Bank building was the first project to be planned inside Iraq.
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Halabousi and Barzani are discussing the completion of the ministerial cabin and naming the Governor of Ninewa

Release date: 2019/4/22 21:36

(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) President of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halabousi and the Kurdistan Democratic Party Massoud Barzani, the completion of the ministerial cabin and the nomination of governor of Nineveh.

A statement to his office, received the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it that “Halbusi and his delegation discussed during his meeting in Erbil, on Monday, Barzani, the current political and security situation in the country, and a number of topics of common interest.

“The meeting also discussed the file of completion of the ministerial cabin, and the termination of the state institutions by proxy according to the time limit, as well as discuss the file of the province of Nineveh and stability through the cooperation of political forces; to choose a governor capable of promoting the reality of the province.

The statement said “the meeting stressed the need for joint coordination between the Center and the region, and resolve outstanding problems in accordance with the Constitution, and that the next phase of the stage of concerted efforts; to serve all Iraqis.”


Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi



Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 22, 2019

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi. The Secretary reiterated the United States’ support for a strong, sovereign, and prosperous Iraq, as outlined in our bilateral Strategic Framework Agreement. The Secretary underlined his support for Iraq forging closer ties to neighboring Arab states. The Secretary also emphasized our continued commitment to working with the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi Security Forces to ensure ISIS’s enduring defeat.


Iraqi official: We can raise our exports by quarter of a million barrels per day to meet the need of the market

05:17 PM |Monday 22 April 2019
Written by (AFP)

مسؤول عراقي: نستطيع رفع صادراتنا بربع مليون برميل يوميا لسد حاجة السوق

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Iraq can increase its oil exports by a quarter million barrels a day to fill the shortfall “if the market requires it,” an official told AFP on Monday, after Washington announced an end to exemptions for eight countries buying oil from Iran.