Iraq: al-Abadi meet with Barzani in the presence of the US ambassador


Baghdad «Quds Al-Arabi»: met with President of the Kurdistan Nechirvan Barzani Regional Government, on Sunday, the President of the Iraqi government, Haider al-Abadi, to discuss the stalled between the capital and the region’s oil agreement, and other issues including coordination in the face of the organization «Islamic state» and treatment of displaced people crisis to the region.
News reported that the talks between the two parties will take part in the American side through Washington’s ambassador in Baghdad Stuart Jones, so as to overcome the outstanding differences between the parties and to ensure the implementation of the undertakings.

Iran says SWIFT open to 9 banks Monday 

Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:56PM


[Image: 0935ce4a-639c-4ae8-aaa2-ff6992d7a518.jpg] Valiollah Seif, the governor of the Central Bank of Iran, says nine Iranian banks will be re-connected to SWIFT early Monday.

Iran said on Sunday that nine more banks are set to be re-connected to SWIFT international banking system.


Valiollah Seif, the governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), has been quoted by the media as saying that the banks will be re-connected to SWIFT in the early hours of Monday.  


He said the banks are Bank Melli Iran, Tejarat Bank, Bank Mellat, Bank of Industry and Mine, Post Bank of Iran, Bank Sepah, Export Development Bank, Refah Kargaran Bank and the CBI, itself.


Seif added that the mechanism for the Iranian banks to open letters of credit (L/C) is already working. He said the mechanism started to work immediately after the sanctions on Iran were lifted in mid-January. 


The L/Cs, he said, were opened in the banks of the Persian Gulf countries and were delivered at European banks the next day.   


Iran saw the draconian sanctions that had been imposed against it for several years lifted on 16 January. 


A central theme of the sanctions was putting restrictions on Iran’s banking transactions with the international financial institutions through various mechanisms including closing SWIFT services to the country.


SWIFT is used by nearly every bank around the world to send payment messages that lead to the transfer of money across international borders. It provides a wide range of service including transmitting letters of credit, payments and securities transactions among 9,700 banks in 209 countries.


However, it became off limits to Iranian banks in 2012 after the implementation of the US-led sanctions against the country. Accordingly, around 30 Iranian banks were blocked from using SWIFT services, literally cutting off Iran from the global banking system. 


Several Iranian private banks including Dey, Saman, Pasargad, and Parsian in addition to two state-run banks – Maskan and Keshavarzi – have already become reconnected to SWIFT.


Sources: Brett Macgork looking with a delegation of the Kurdistan region and the federal government ways to end disputes and the war on “Daash”



Political sources revealed the arrival of US Secretary of State adviser on Iraq and Syria Brett what Cgork to the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The sources said that what Cgork will discuss with representatives of the delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Federal Government in Iraq, ways to counter organizing Daash by the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga forces as well as an end to all outstanding issues between Baghdad and Erbil and resolve the crisis between the two sides smooth ways away from escalation and intransigence.

MP Faleh al-Khazali, calling on the government to apply the law fairly customs tariff

 January 31, 2016 [Image: ff_kk_4mz_b3012016.jpg]MP Falah Hassan al-Khazali, called on Wednesday, 01/28/2016 central government to reconsider its customs tariff law and apply it fairly.  MP Khazali during a meeting held at his office in Basra province with a number with academics and economists supporting the local consumer and the product and the introduction of additional revenue. The MP al-Khazali, the importance of supporting this law Pmaakhaddm interest of the country economically in the light of the difficult conditions experienced by the country, referring to the need to apply the vocabulary in the provinces of Basra and Sulaymaniyah and put full of checkpoints in accordance with the resolution adopted by the Council of Basra province to implement it in all official and unofficial outlets in Kurdistan .

Parliamentary Agenda 2-2-2016



The meeting’s agenda No. (3) Tuesday (2) February 2016
February 2, 2016
First, read verses from the Koran.
Second: The vote on the draft University of Defense Military Studies Law. (Security and Defense Committee, the Legal Committee). (28 articles).
Third: the first reading of the closing of the Republic of Iraq to the 2007 accounts (the Finance Committee).
Fourth: the first reading of the draft accession of the Republic of Iraq to the international Convention on the Law Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. (Committee on Foreign Relations, the Committee on Services and Construction). (2 article).
Fifth: the first reading of the draft law Guild Iraqi academics. (Higher Education Commission, the Legal Committee, the Committee on civil society institutions). (28 articles).
Sixth: The report and discussion of the draft law of the First Amendment of the Law on Commercial Agency No. 51 of 2000(the Legal Committee, the Committee on Economy and Investment). (12 articles).
Seventh: The report and discussion of the draft law of private security companies. (Security and Defense Committee).(Article 42).
Session starts at: ten in the morning.

Cabinet: Insurance 2016 salaries by 100%.


01/31/2016 23:31


BAGHDAD / obelisk confirmed the Cabinet, on Sunday, securing 2016 salaries by 100%.

The prime minister said in a statement that ‘State officials and the salaries of retirees and beneficiaries of social welfare has been secured for 2016 by 100%.’

He warned the Council of Ministers, citizens ‘hear what I have described false rumors that are trying to undermine security and stability in the country through to play the economy and the erosion of oil prices’.

The prime minister noted in a statement to ‘the existence of very few cuts considered in Alraotb’, noting that ‘salaries is a red line that can not be compromised. “

On the security front, the Information Office of the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, announced Sunday that al-Abadi chaired a meeting of the Commission on reinforcing the presence of the ministers of defense and interior Khaled Mohammed al-Obeidi Ghabban, to discuss the arming and equipping the Iraqi armed forces in its war against al Daash.

Ebadi said in a statement that the Office ‘Prime Minister today presided over a meeting of the Commission on reinforcing the presence of the defense and interior ministers’.

The statement added that ‘During the meeting, they discussed arming and equipping the armed forces requirements in its war against the terrorist gangs and follow the directions and recommendations made at previous meetings’, pointing out that it ‘has been taking a series of decisions in this regard’.