Washington calls on Baghdad to “calm” and limit its military movements in the disputed areas

Washington calls on Baghdad to "calm" and limit its military movements in the disputed areas
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The US State Department called on the Baghdad government to avoid clashes in northern Iraq by limiting the movement of federal forces in the disputed areas to those that are coordinated with the Kurdistan Regional Government.

It said Washington was concerned about reports of violent clashes around the city of Elton Kubri.

“Re-asserting the federal authority over the disputed areas does not in any way change its status … it remains in dispute until its status is resolved under the Iraqi constitution,” she said.

An Iraqi security official announced yesterday that the Iraqi forces regained control of the “Alton bridge” the last towns of the province of Kirkuk, but the Security Council of the Kurdistan Region has announced on Saturday that those forces from the Iranian-backed popular crowd have launched an attack on the Peshmerga forces in that town , And were aiming to invade the area of ​​”Qushta” south of Arbil, capital of the region.





Abadi in Riyadh today to attend the announcement of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordinating Council

Ambassador of Baghdad to «Middle East» »: Relations will see a great start … The Iraqi delegation will include 10 ministers and 60 advisers
Saturday – 1 Safar 1439 AH – 21 October 2017 AD Issue Number [14207]
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Iraqi Prime Minister meet in June (Photo: Bandar Al-Ghaloud)
Riyadh: Abdel Hadi Habtoor
Iraqi Prime Minister Dr. Haider al-Abbadi arrived today in Riyadh, heading a high-level delegation of more than a dozen ministers, officials and advisers in the Iraqi government to attend the signing ceremony of the agreement of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council on Sunday.
The ambassador of Iraq in Riyadh, Dr. Rushdi al-Ani told Asharq Al-Awsat that Dr. Abadi “will arrive tomorrow (today) to Riyadh with a high delegation of 10 ministers of the most important ministries and about 60 advisers.” He added: «The agreement (signed by the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council) will be held and a press conference will be held, then bilateral meetings will be held between the officials of the two countries. The Saudi side will be headed by Dr. Majid al-Qasabi and from the Iraqi side, Dr. Sulaiman al-Jumaili. “
Al-Ani stressed that the relations between the two countries will witness a great start after the announcement of this high-level council. “We have all been very pleased to see the first Saudi Arabian Airlines fly, with more than 200 Saudi businessmen and officials, and how the Iraqis were delighted to be given the largest space at the Baghdad International Fair.”
The agenda of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council program includes several programs and events over the next two days, hosted by the Saudi capital Riyadh, as well as cultural events culminating in a dinner. Tomorrow, the program will include a meeting of the Coordination Council, exchanging gifts and taking commemorative photographs, a press conference to be held by the council’s presidents, as well as side events.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, has made two phone calls during the past few days Abadi. It was reported that the communication dealt with the bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields and means of strengthening and developing them through the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council.
US State Department spokeswoman Heather Neuert said in a briefing on Thursday that Secretary of State Rex Tilerson would travel to Riyadh, Doha, Islamabad, New Delhi and Geneva from October 20 to 27. “Minister Tillerson will participate in the inaugural meeting of the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Coordination Council,” she said. She noted that Tillerson will meet with the Saudi leadership to discuss the conflict in Yemen, the Qatari crisis, Iran, and other important regional and bilateral issues.
The break-up in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iraq accelerated after Abadi visited Riyadh in June and met with Saudi officials, four months after Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir visited Baghdad.
The Saudi cabinet approved in a meeting chaired by Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Crown Prince, on August 13, the approval of the minutes of the establishment of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council, and the delegation of the Minister of Trade and Investment, the President of the Saudi side in the Council, The record.
The two countries agreed to establish a coordination council in order to upgrade the bilateral relations to the strategic and hoped-for level, in addition to opening new horizons of cooperation in various fields, including political, security, economic, developmental, commercial, investment, tourism and cultural.
A joint statement issued by the two countries at the time pointed out that the Coordination Council will activate the partnership between the private sector in both countries, and follow up the implementation of the agreements and memorandums of understanding to achieve common goals.
Officials in both countries announced in mid-August that they had agreed to return life to the land crossing between Saudi Arabia and Iraq after a break of more than 27 years. “The agreement on many investments and projects that serve the two countries, and signed a memorandum of understanding on air transport between them,” the official Saudi Press Agency quoted the acting Saudi embassy in Iraq as saying.
He added that «with the beginning of the activation of the crossing will be developing the implementers to serve the commercial movement and passenger traffic». And then «Middle East» movement at the new crossing Arar between Saudi Arabia and Iraq with the opening coincided with the influx of convoys of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.


Trade: Baghdad exhibition opens its 44th tomorrow with local and international participation



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Economy News _ Baghdad

The Ministry of Commerce announced on Friday the opening of the 44th session of the Baghdad International Fair for the period from 21 to 30 October with local, Arab and international participation.

The Minister of Trade Salman Jumaili said in a statement obtained by “Economy News” a copy of it, the General Company for Iraqi Exhibitions completed all preparations to host the exhibition and receive delegations of countries and major international companies participating in Baghdad and secured the establishment.

“The events of this session coincide with the victories achieved by our people and our army in the face of the criminal terrorist gangs that are being expelled from the last Iraqi territories in all our dear cities that have endured harsh and compelling conditions. They face the terrible terrorism that wanted to vanquish the will of the Iraqis and steal their dreams in life. Free and gracious “.

Al Jumaili pointed out that “the activities of this exhibition this year are witnessing extensive economic activities and the establishment of workshops and conferences to establish real partnerships between the Iraqi private sector and other countries in the world as well as benefiting from the Arab and international experiences in the areas of construction, communications, trade, industry and agriculture, And countries in investment projects with the Iraqi private sector in the liberated provinces, which suffer from the existence of infrastructure as a result of damage and sabotage suffered by terrorist groups.

Al-Jumaili pointed out that “the participation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE for the first time with great weight through large companies aspiring to enter the Iraqi market and partnerships with the Iraqi private sector after a very long break from economic transactions.”

Al-Jumaili said, “The Iraqi government’s methodology of opening the economy to everyone and granting the Iraqi private sector the opportunity and freedom from the restrictions imposed on him in order to take his role in being a key player in the development and development of the Iraqi economy through large investment projects come in partnership with Arab and international companies “He said.

Al-Jumaili said that “the activities of the session will last for ten days and witness commercial and economic activities and the opening of photo exhibitions and days for the participating countries and is open to the Iraqi family to practice its social rituals in light of the possibilities offered by the exhibition and is ready.”


Barzani sends a message to the world: our people are under attack and siege and collective punishment


Barzani sends a message to the world: Our people are under attack, siege and collective punishment
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The President of the Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani on Friday a message to the world public opinion, stressing that the people of Kurdistan is subject to sanctions, siege and war because of the expression of his opinion.

Barzani said in a message to the world that “after the people of Kurdistan and peacefully expressed their opinion in the determination of their own destiny, which is a natural right for every people and nationality, today our people suffer from the threat and siege and collective punishment, and the Iraqi government is trying today with all the strength and under the pretext of the law to punish “Abu has expressed his opinion and has not committed any crime.”

He added that “this punishment, which is exposed to our people, is in itself a breach and violation of all borders and laws and customs is a clear violation of the Iraqi constitution, where the government wants to impose its vision and will on our people by plotting and the mobilization of counter-forces and the power of arms to break his will and dignity, Citizens and the displacement of more than 150 thousand. “

Barzani pointed out that “from here, we address the consciences of the peoples of the world and the public opinion supporter of freedom and all intellectuals in the world, to support the people of Kurdistan and stand in front of the attempts of genocide threatened by the Iraqi government our people and prevent a new disaster against the people of Kurdistan and to put pressure on their governments And the decision centers to intervene against this injustice, which is exposed to the people of Kurdistan, where the governments and the interests of the sacrifices, sacrificed by the people of Kurdistan and the Peshmerga forces in the war against the terrorists urged and fought this terrorist organization and stood in his face on behalf of the whole world and provided thousands of martyrs and wounded Fierce battles for freedom and humanity. “

Barzani called on “everyone to stand against these attacks and crimes of murder and abuses and deportation of citizens and exercised by the Iraqi government through its militias and its forces with foreign instructions and cooperation with forces from outside Iraq against Kurdistan.”

He also called upon all Kurds living in Europe and the United States to organize peaceful demonstrations and civic activities to support our people and to demand that the peoples of these countries where they live stop this war and the siege imposed on our people.

Barzani concluded his message by saying, “I hope that they will convey the voice of the oppressed people of Kurdistan and the message of peace from our people to the peoples of the world as a whole.”

URGENT Imam al-Sistani’s office announced tomorrow the complement of Muharram and the first day of zero


Date of release: 2017/10/20 19:16 • 405 times read
(Najaf al-Ashraf: Al-Furat News) The Office of the Supreme Religious Authority, Grand Ayatollah Ali Imam al-Sistani in Najaf, announced that Saturday is complementary to the month of Muharram al-Haram.
A statement issued by the Office of the Supreme Leader said that “Saturday is the completion of the month of Muharram haraam for the year 1439 AH, and that next Sunday is the first of the month of Safar al-Khair for the year 1439 Hijri.”
On November 10, the 20th of Safar will mark the 40th visit

URGENT Army controls Zammar, Ayn Zalah and 44 oil wells


Date of release: 2017/10/20 21:01 • 507 times read
{Baghdad: Al-Furat News} The army forces on Zammar and Ain Zala in the north-west of Nineveh, which belongs to Tal Afar.
A statement of the media cell War meets the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it that the pieces of the 15th Division Iraqi Army also took control of oil fields Batma and Ain Zalah and all wells totaling 44 oil wells. ”


Supreme Council praises the imposition of security in Kirkuk and calls Kurdish leaders to dialogue with Baghdad

Release date: 2017/10/20 13:07 

(Karbala: Euphrates News) praised the supreme religious authority, good behavior in the imposition of security and the federal authority in the province of Kirkuk, “calling” Kurdish leaders to dialogue with the federal government according to the Constitution.

“Everyone knows the latest developments in the political and security arena and the redeployment of the Iraqi army and the federal police in the province of Kirkuk and some other regions, and we express our high appreciation,” said the representative of the supreme authority in Karbala Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai in his Friday sermon delivered from inside the courtyard. The good behavior of the various parties to complete this process peacefully and avoid the armed clash between the dear brothers who have long worked side by side in the fight against terrorism Daashi. ” 

“We want to emphasize that this important event should not be counted as a victory for one party and a break for another. It is a victory for all Iraqis, whether it is used for the country’s interests without personal or sectarian interests,” he said. 

He pointed out that “the Iraqis, with their various components of Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen and others, have to live with each other on this precious land. They have no chance of building a better tomorrow in which they will enjoy security, stability, prosperity and wellbeing, but with the concerted effort of all to solve the problems accumulated over the past years based on justice. Fairness and equality among all Iraqis in the rights and duties and build confidence between them away from the tendencies of authoritarian and ethnic or sectarianism and the adoption of the Constitution, which is despite the shortcomings of the contract, which was accepted by most Iraqis when the referendum must be respected and take care of all And its provisions unless modified in accordance with the mechanism provided for therein. ”

“We appeal to all, especially political leaders and elites, to strengthen national unity on constitutional grounds and to strengthen the bonds of love among the Iraqi people by ensuring the interests of all without exception and avoiding retaliation with recent events, easing tension in the common areas and facilitating the return of the displaced, To their homes and to preserve public and private property without encroachment and to suppress any manifestations that suggest racism or sectarianism, whether by publishing video or audio clips, or by raising banners or slogans, burning pictures or flags or otherwise. ” 

He called on the concerned parties to take appropriate measures to prosecute those who carry out these immoral acts that harm the peace and coexistence between the people of this country and call on the federal government to do more to reassure the Kurdish citizens that it will employ all its energies in order to protect and care on an equal basis with the rest of Iraq. Their constitutional rights nothing. ” 

The representative of the Supreme Reference also called on “the Kurdish leaders to unite their ranks and work to overcome the current crisis through cooperation with the federal government on the basis of constitutional hope that this will lead to solutions fair and convincing for all.”