Abadi and Sadr on an official visit to Jordan today

22-10-2017 12:59 AM

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Al-Furat news that the Prime Minister Haider Abadi and the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr will arrive today the Jordanian capital Amman to meet with the Jordanian monarch Abdullah II on a one-day official visit ..

Official sources confirmed the news that the leader of the Sadrist movement will arrive this afternoon and meet with the Jordanian monarch, The prime minister will arrive in Jordan this evening as part of his regional tour, which will link four countries, including Jordan.

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Names of government delegation accompanying Abadi to Saudi Arabia

 

Release date: 2017/10/21 22:53369 times read
[Baghdad: where]
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited the head of a large government delegation to Saudi Arabia and was during the meeting to agree on the formation of a joint council between the two countries concerned with security and economic affairs.
Minister of Planning and Minister of Commerce Salman Jumaili, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Abdul Razzaq Al-Issa, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Minister of Industry Mohammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, Minister of Agriculture Falah Hassan Zaidan, Minister of Transport Kazem Fanjan, Minister of Culture Farid Rawanduzi, National Security Adviser Faleh Al Fayadh, Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Mahdi Mohsen Al-Alaq and Chairman of the National Investment Authority Sami Raouf Al-Araji.
Abadi is scheduled to leave Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for a two-hour visit to Egypt.

 

Secretary General of the Peshmerga calls for the revival of joint security committees between Baghdad and Erbil

 

Release date: 2017/10/21 23:1861 times read
(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) Secretary General of the Peshmerga Jabbar Yawar, on Saturday, called for the revival of the former security committees shared between Baghdad and Arbil to inject blood between the Peshmerga forces and the federal forces.
“We believe in the constitution and with the dialogue and talks through which we can solve the problems, but we do not believe in gun barrels because weapons will not solve the problems,” Yawar told AFP.
He explained that “the spread of Peshmerga in disputed areas came after the collapse of five Iraqi military teams during an invasion calling for these areas and did not remain federal forces in it.”
“When I was a member of the High Commission, we maintained the security of the conflict zones, we had coordination centers and joint controls, we were able to impose calm and security and there were no clashes between the federal forces and the Peshmerga.”
He pointed out that “the withdrawal is not only through consultative meetings through joint committees to implement orders on the ground; so in some areas managed to withdraw from Peshmerga and in others was unable and all that happened because of the lack of coordination between Baghdad and Arbil.”
He pointed out that “if we want to restore the situation and the truce between the military forces must revive the two security committees between the Ministries of Defense and Peshmerga and a parliamentary crisis resolution.”

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رئيس مجلس الوزراء الدكتور حيدر العبادي يلتقي ملك المملكة العربية السعودية الملك سلمان بن عبد العزيز

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Prime Minister King meets Haydar Abadi Salman bin Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia

 

Iraq Will Remain United

 

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CreditMike McQuade

BAGHDAD — In June 2014, the cover of Time magazine echoed a sentiment common among pundits and outsiders: “The End of Iraq,” it read. I am proud to say that three years later, thanks to the Iraqi armed forces and the Iraqi people, these predictions were wrong.

Since then, Iraq has steadily dealt defeats to the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, a vicious enemy that has threatened our entire region and killed innocent people across the world. Now, having liberated cities includingMosul, Tal Afar and Hawija, Iraq is poised to drive out Daesh completely. Millions of people, forced out of their towns by barbaric terrorism, are going back home. Schools are reopening and doctors and nurses are returning to health clinics. We are beginning the enormous task of rebuilding our nation.

Our people have made extraordinary sacrifices to liberate their land. Daesh thought it could exploit the vulnerability of the Iraqi state, but it underestimated the overwhelming desire of the Iraqi people for unity.

I had hoped that just as we united to defeat our enemy, we would unite to recover and rebuild. Many Iraqis were therefore shocked by the unilateral action of some elements of the Kurdish leadership — key architects of the 2005 Iraq Constitution, which enshrines and protects Iraq’s federalism — in holding an illegal referendum last month. This move, which directly contravenes the Constitution, is an act of deliberate division.

Worst of all, the referendum emboldens the remnants of Daesh. No effort for autonomy or self-rule can succeed if it is approached illegally. Unilateral actions violating the law threaten the stability of our entire country, and therefore our neighbors, as well.

As prime minister of Iraq, I am required to act in accordance with the Constitution to protect all of the Iraqi people and to keep our country united. To do so, the government has reinforced and restored what is prescribed in its federal mandate: that is, federal authority over national borders, oil exports and customs revenues.

The redeployment this week of Iraqi forces to parts of Kirkuk and other areas in northern Iraq is consistent with this approach. These are federal forces — army, counterterrorism, police and rapid deployment units — and their members come from Iraq’s many ethnic and religious groups, including Kurds. This deployment was not an attack on Kurdish citizens or on the city of Kirkuk; it was an Iraqi federal operation aimed at restoring federal authority to areas that were under government control until 2014.

I have instructed these forces to not provoke skirmishes or conflict. But they have a duty to protect citizens and defend themselves if they come under fire. Our orders to the armed forces are to secure federal facilities in Kirkuk and other northern areas, assist with the safe return of displaced people, and maintain vigilance against terrorist attacks. We have instructed local officials to ensure all public services operate as normal and improve service provision where possible.

Maintaining security will also entail ensuring economic stability. After years of conducting unconstitutional oil sales and pocketing the revenue, the Kurdistan Regional Government is on the verge of bankruptcy. This is a result of the corruption of a few Kurdish officials and their families. My government intends to redress the inequitable distribution of our national resources to discourage corruption in the Kurdish region, and protect the people there and in the whole of Iraq.

Just as Iraq united to defeat Daesh over the past three years, we now need to apply that same unity to our next challenges: reconstruction and building a democratic country where each citizen enjoys full access to the protection of the state.

I was elected prime minister in 2014 under incredibly difficult circumstances: A third of the country was overrun by terrorists, the economy was struggling, people were divided by sectarianism and relations with the wider world were strained. We have made great strides. In addition to defeating Daesh, we expect to achieve real gross domestic product growth of 2.9 percent in 2018. This year we were able to issue two international financing bonds. But restoring services to cities and rebuilding communities is not something Iraq can achieve on its own. We will need investment and financing to ensure that we not only recover, but prosper.

For the sake of all Iraqi citizens, we cannot allow the seeds of discord to take root again. I urge the leadership in Iraqi Kurdistan to come to its senses. Iraq cannot and will not recognize unilateral, unconstitutional actions taken by a few against the will of the nation. Personal profiteering must be put aside to ensure national prosperity. On behalf of the people of Iraq, I call on the Kurdish Regional Government to acknowledge the authority of the Constitution and to enter dialogue on this basis.

The federal government of Iraq seeks continued support and cooperation from our international partners. For now, we urge regional powers and other outsiders not to interfere in our affairs. Iraq must be able to demonstrate its coming of age by using democratic structures to solve internal disputes. In the medium term, the international community can transition their support from security-based to economic-based. Initiatives that build trusted, efficient and democratic forms of local governance across Iraq, including the Kurdish region, are crucial. The fair distribution of resources must form the bedrock of our approach.

Achieving this as one Iraq, with a united vision of our place in the world, is best for our stability. And a stable Iraq is what is best for the stability of the region and the world.

 

Tillerson’s aim to form Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

 

October 21 2017 09:04 PM
Tillerson's aim to form Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran
Tillerson’s aim to form Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

As US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East, he’ll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab world to neighboring Iran, according to Fox News.

While the United States strives to heal the rift between the Gulf Arab states and Qatar, and resolve civil wars in Yemen and Syria, Tillerson is the Trump administration’s point man on an even more ambitious and perhaps even less likely geopolitical gambit.

US officials see a new axis that unites Riyadh and Baghdad as central to countering Iran’s growing influence from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea, particularly as the Iraqi government struggles to rebuild recently recaptured ISIS strongholds and confronts a newly assertive Kurdish independence movement.

History, religion and lots of politics stand in Tillerson’s way. He arrived in Riyadh on Saturday and planned to visit Qatar on Monday.

The effort to wean Iraq from Iran and bond it to Saudi Arabia isn’t new, but US officials are optimistically pointing to a surer footing they believe they’ve seen in recent months. They’re hoping to push the improved relations into a more advanced phase Sunday when Tillerson participates in the inaugural meeting of the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Coordination Committee in Riyadh.

Tillerson will seek Saudi financial generosity and political support for Iraq, its embattled northern neighbor. Two US officials said Tillerson hopes the oil-rich Saudis will contribute to the massive reconstruction projects needed to restore pre-ISIS life in Iraqi cities such as Mosul and lend their backing to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. He is treading delicately among a host of powerful countries on Iraq’s borders which are increasingly trying to shape the future of the ethnically and religiously divided nation.

The officials briefed reporters on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly preview Tillerson’s plans.

Shiite Iraq and Sunni-led Saudi Arabia, estranged for decades after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, have tried in recent years to bridge their differences.

Nevertheless, the relationship is still plagued by suspicion.

Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad in 2015 after a quarter-century, and earlier this year unblocked long-closed border crossings. But the emergence of arch-Saudi rival Iran as a power player in Iraq continues to gnaw at Riyadh and Washington.

Iran’s reported intervention in Iraq’s semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region, following last month’s much criticized vote for independence in a referendum, has deepened the unease.

President Donald Trump wants to see “a stable Iraq, but a stable Iraq that is not aligned with Iran,” H.R. McMaster, his national security adviser, said this past week. He suggested Saudi Arabia could play a pivotal role.

The US view is that the alternative may mean more conflict in Iraq, which endured years of insurgency after the US-led 2003 invasion and ethnic warfare when ISIS rampaged across the country in 2014.

“Iran is very good at pitting communities against each other,” McMaster said Thursday at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “This is something they share with groups like ISIS, with al-Qaeda. They pit communities against each other because they use tribal and ethnic and sectarian conflicts to gain influence by portraying themselves as a patron or protector of one of the parties in the conflict and then they use that invitation to come in and to help to advance their agenda and, in Iran’s case, I think is a hegemonic design.”

Shortly after taking office, Tillerson identified improving Saudi-Iraqi ties as a priority in the administration’s broader policy to confront and contain Iran. Officials say he has devoted himself to the effort.

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