US reveals the latest assessments of the dialogue between Baghdad and Kurdistan


US Ambassador

Matthew Tauler

pleased with Barzani

2019/09/18 08:44:34

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President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Masroor Barzani received in his office in Erbil on Wednesday, US Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Toller.

At the meeting, the US ambassador pointed out that the United States supports the rapprochement and dialogue between the Kurdistan region and the federal government, and said: “We feel that there is progress in the process of negotiations.”

For his part, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government that the negotiations are continuing, and at different levels, and said: “We have presented many options to resolve differences, provided that the Constitution is the final.”


Barzani and Saleh talk about an opportunity leading to a “radical solution” to the dispute between Baghdad and Kurdistan

2019/09/18 08:31:22

President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Masrour Barzani received in his office in Erbil on Wednesday, President of the Republic of Iraq Barham Saleh.

During the meeting, which was attended by Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the province of Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Iraqi Finance Minister Fuad Hussein, and a number of government officials to discuss relations between the Kurdistan region and the federal government.

The two sides affirmed the existence of a favorable opportunity to pave the way for a radical solution to the outstanding disputes based on the Constitution, including the full implementation of its articles and without selectivity.

It was pointed out at the meeting, that the resolution of controversial issues between the Kurdistan region and the federal government is in the interest of all Iraqis, and will reflect positively on the stability of a number of Iraqi areas, especially as terrorists continue to pose a threat to the people of those areas.

Association of Iraqi private banks held a workshop «cybersecurity … challenges and methods of confrontation»

Side of the workshop at the headquarters of the Association of Banks


Economy News _ Baghdad

The Association of Iraqi Private Banks, on Wednesday, a workshop under the title “cybersecurity … challenges and methods of confrontation”, at the headquarters of the Association, with the participation of a number of government and private banks.

The Director of Administration and Training in the Association of Iraqi Private Banks, Ahmed al-Hashemi, in his speech during the opening of the workshop and attended by “Economy News”, “The Association and Eagle Net (Eagle Net) today organized a workshop in cooperation with the United Engineers Group on cybersecurity and the definition of cybercrime and types of threat The workshop will enable employees in the banking sector to identify the mechanisms to strengthen the protection provided by the system Strong Room. ”

Al-Hashemi added, “The target audience in the workshop are employees in the IT and SWIFT departments within the banking sector.”

For the second day, the Federal Reserve is pumping 75 billion dollars

Release date:: 2019/18 8:43

The Federal Reserve in New York, it will intervene in the markets again Wednesday by pumping $ 75 billion of additional liquidity, in order to keep interest rates at the level set by the central bank.

On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve in New York announced that it had intervened for the first time in more than a decade in the markets, pumping up to $ 75 billion to prevent short-term interest rates from rising too much.

The bank intervened through repurchase agreements, a financial instrument that allows the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates for one night at its lowest level.

The bank said in a statement that, as it did on Tuesday, it planned to do so again on Wednesday “in order to keep the actual interest rate on federal funds within a rate of 2 to 2.25%.”,15700021,15700043,15700186,15700191,15700253,15700256,15700259&usg=ALkJrhiutPSrZmNGnhjGgIUHklKSg7iYUA

Abdul-Mahdi is going to China today for a week-long visit

Release date:: 9/19/2018 13:42

BAGHDAD: The prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, will go to China on Wednesday.

He is accompanied by a large delegation of ministers and governors to discuss the conclusion of trade agreements and to promote joint cooperation.

The adviser to Prime Minister Abdul Hussein Al-Hanin, in a press statement, the program of the visit Adel Abdul-Mahdi, indicating that the large delegation accompanying him has a clear economic features, including ministers, advisers and businessmen.

He added that “the program of the next visit and economic files, carried by the Prime Minister include major projects in roads and transport, services, education, health and others,” noting that “the Iraqi and Chinese sides have prepared well for the visit in the past months, through continuous meetings with major Chinese companies And complete the funding model through the Iraq-China Joint Reconstruction Fund. ”

Al-Hunain expected that “the visit will be signed during the visit major contracts and agreements in the sectors of industry and agriculture, building schools, hospitals, housing, roads, trains and bridges,” pointing out that “the visit falls within the philosophy of the Prime Minister in opening up to the world, and that Iraq is a friend of all, and an influential factor in World, and forms a bridge between all the different. ”,15700021,15700043,15700186,15700191,15700253,15700256,15700259&usg=ALkJrhgiqO8ecUo1WZNBGT_4X1IBZWtmeg

Mending fences: Iraq’s President Salih leads Baghdad delegation to Erbil

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Iraq’s President Barham Salih (L) is greeted by Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani at Erbil International Airport, September 17, 2019. Photo: Iraqi Presidency

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi President Barham Salih arrived in the Kurdistan Regional capital Erbil on Tuesday evening at the head of a delegation sent to discuss oil, the budget, and territorial disputes – hot topics that have long caused ruptures between the semi-autonomous region and the federal government.

Delegations have shuttled back and forth between Erbil and Baghdad in recent months as relations between the two continue to improve after hitting their lowest ebb in late-2017.

Erbil and Baghdad have formed committees for talks on the joint administration of the disputed territories, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s share of the federal budget, and the touchy subject of independent oil sales.

President Salih, accompanied by Iraq’s Kurdish finance minister, Fuad Hussein, was met at Erbil International Airport on Tuesday afternoon by Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani.

During his stay in Erbil, Salih will hold talks with his Kurdistan Region counterpart, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) chief Masoud Barzani to further mend fences.

Fuad Hussein will meanwhile meet with the KRG’s finance ministry to discuss the budget issue.

Baghdad cut the KRG’s share of the budget from 17 percent to zero in 2014 in response to the Region’s independent sale of oil. Coupled with a costly war with the Islamic State (ISIS) and the collapse of global oil prices in 2016, the Region was plunged into a financial crisis.

The KRG’s share of the budget was reinstated in 2018, but at the reduced rate of roughly 12 percent. 

Under the 2019 budget, the KRG agreed to send 250,000 barrels of oil per day to Iraq’s state oil marketing body SOMO in exchange for its share of the budget. Although Baghdad has delivered funds to Erbil’s central bank, the KRG is yet to send a single barrel of oil. 

Omed Sabah, Chairman of the KRG Council of Ministers, told Rudaw the Ministry of Finance has prepared a report outlining the KRG’s requirements from the 2020 federal budget.

“The KRG finance ministry aims to discuss the demands of the KRG from the 2020 federal budget and hand over a detailed report on this case,” Sabah said.

Mohammad al-Halbousi, Iraq’s parliamentary speaker, is also scheduled to visit Erbil on Wednesday to discuss the federal budget.

Jutiar Adil, the KRG spokesperson, told Rudaw the regional government is optimistic about the talks with the Iraqi delegation.

“In general, the Iraqi delegation is in Erbil to discuss the unresolved issues between Erbil and Baghdad,” Adil said. “There are very positive talks between Erbil and Baghdad, and more talks are underway to reach an agreement with the Iraqi government.”

Safin Dizayee, head of the KRG foreign ministry, visited Baghdad on Sunday for talks with top Iraqi officials including President Salih.

Dizayee told Rudaw the new positive atmosphere in meetings between Erbil and Baghdad officials means the two sides can tackle points of conjecture “more efficiently”.

Erbil-Baghdad relations have generally improved since Adil Abdul-Mahdi became prime minister in late 2018. 

As an independent technocrat with historically good relations with the Kurds, Abdul-Mahdi has presided over a thawing of the tensions between the two, which reached their peak under his predecessor Haider al-Abadi.

Already strained relations collapsed on October 16, 2017 when Iraqi forces and Iran-backed militias launched an offensive into the disputed territories, forcing the Kurdish Peshmerga to withdraw.

Improvements in the relationship were noted by Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the UN Special Envoy to Iraq, in her recent quarterly briefing to the UN Security Council.   

Hennis-Plasschaert told the Security Council she is hopeful the two sides can resolve their differences now that both governments have been formed.

“This has created a positive momentum to advance of negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil, also demonstrated by the establishment of a High-Level Joint Committee,” she said.

“And I cannot deny: the expectations are high, in particular on key files – including Kirkuk, Sinjar, and revenue sharing,” she added.

The failure of both sides to cooperate on security in the disputed territories has contributed to a resurgence of ISIS, which has exploited the security vacuum between Peshmerga and Iraqi lines – particularly in the hotly disputed and oil-rich province of Kirkuk. 

In late August, Iraq’s Interior Ministry reached an agreement with its KRG counterpart on visa issuing powers and on the lifting of entry fees imposed on Iraqis entering the Kurdistan Region.  This followed the suspension of internal customs duties.

The President of the Republic participates in a high-level meeting in the Kurdistan Region

Editing Date:: 2019/17 17:34

{Erbil: Euphrates News} President Barham Saleh, currently participating in a high-level meeting in the Kurdistan region.

The President of the Republic Barham Saleh, arrived on Tuesday evening 17-9-2019 to the city of Erbil.

A parliamentary source told the correspondent (Euphrates News) that “Barham Saleh now entered a meeting of all government and legislative leaders and

Political. ”

“Where the meeting included, the President of the Kurdistan region and his deputies, and the Presidency of the Parliament, the Prime Minister and most of the ministers.”

He pointed out that “it is hoped that the Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed Halbousi tomorrow to Erbil.”

The deputy in the Kurdistan Parliament of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Hvidar Ahmed, revealed the goal of President Barham Saleh’s visit to Erbil.

“The aim of the visit is to bring the center and the region closer together and find a common solution to resolve many controversial issues,” Ahmed said.

He stressed, “The visit will include his meeting with the Presidents of the province of Nechirvan Barzani and the government Masroor Barzani, in addition to a meeting with Democratic Party leader Masoud Barzani.”

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