Joint committees are approaching the operation of airports in the region and work continues in the oil file


Joint committees are approaching the operation of airports in the region and work continues in the oil file

 Baghdad / Mohammed Sabah

The federal government and the Kurdistan region agreed mid-month to form ten joint committees whose task is to search for consensual solutions to end the differences between the parties.

The most prominent committees work on oil files, border crossings, airports and salaries of employees.
The technical committee overseeing the management of the airport file approached the resolution of this file after reaching an agreement to deal with the differences in the resumption of work at the Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports, which have been suspended for several months.
“The negotiations between the federal government and the Kurdistan region a few days ago led to the formation of ten joint committees working to resolve all the outstanding and thorny issues between the two parties,” MP Tareq Siddiq Rasheed said in a statement.
A government delegation visited Erbil on January 15 under the chairmanship of the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Mehdi Alalak to form several negotiating committees whose task is to solve the files of ports, airports, oil and pay salaries.
And divided these joint committees to manage ten files thorny and work to resolve, and the most prominent of these files are the oil file, border crossings, education and health, and the Bureau of financial control, retirement, Peshmerga, labor and social affairs.
Rashid stressed that “the Kurdistan Regional Government is ready to resolve the oil file with Baghdad in accordance with the legal and constitutional frameworks that require the management of oil fields newly explored in a joint manner between the parties,” expressing his hope “settle all the contentious and thorny through the joint negotiating committees.”
The Prime Minister Haider Abadi met with the Kurdistan Regional Government President Nechirvan Barzani on the sidelines of the Davos conference on Wednesday.
The Information Office of the Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi issued a statement in which he explained that the Kurdistan Regional Government has expressed its consent to hand over the oil in full to the federal government and export it through the national company Sumo.
The head of the provincial government, Nechirvan Barzani, said that the statement in the Office of Abadi on the delivery of oil region to Sumo is far from health, stressing that “the statement touched on things we did not discuss originally.”
“The meeting focused on the possibility of exporting Kirkuk oil through the pipeline of Kurdistan, Ceyhan of Turkey,” stressing that “the management of the oil file will be subject to the provisions of the Iraqi constitution.”
The Technical Committee overseeing the management of airports visiting Sulaymaniyah is approaching a final agreement on the resumption of work from Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports after solving some of the problems and differences between the two sides.
The MP of the coalition of state law Jabbar Abadi said in a statement to (the extent) that “a delegation from the Border Crossing Authority currently in the province of Sulaymaniyah is looking for a mechanism to resume work at the airports of Sulaymaniyah and Erbil,” noting that “the file of airports is similar to what is blocked between Parties “. Baghdad imposed measures described by the Kurds as “punitive”, in response to the departure of the territory towards the referendum on 25 September last, despite the rejection of the government of Abadi and regional and international opposition.
And escalated controversy and complexity in the crisis between the center and the region after the redeployment of federal forces in the disputed areas and impose a ban on international flights on airports in the region and demand the extradition of border crossings to the federal authority.
The oil file, according to MP for the province of Basra Jabbar Abadi, “the most complex files of the crisis between Erbil and Baghdad, being linked to the file of the executors Vishkhabor and Ibrahim Khalil,” asserting that “the handover Vishkhabor by the Peshmerga is due to being a vital outlets for oil.
To this, a deputy of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan bloc that “the federal government is still seeking to impose control over the perpetrators of Vishkhabor and Ibrahim Khalil, which is one of the contentious differences between the two teams,” pointing out that “dialogues continue between Baghdad and Erbil to resolve the thorny and controversial files” .
“The government wants the Kurdistan Regional Government to send reports on oil sales since 2014 and until now,” explains MP Mohammad Othman. “These demands complicate the solution of the oil file and make it difficult for the committees to negotiate.”
Othman added that “the committee supervising the Ministries of Education and Health has not completed its tasks in the audit of employees, despite working for more than two full months,” and wondered, “When will end the audit committees of the examination and audit of all ministries in the Kurdistan region?
Talks between the federal government and the Kurdistan region are proceeding at a slow pace, despite ongoing contacts between the two parties, which allowed the federal government committees to audit the lists of officials of the ministries of education and health in the Kurdistan region in preparation for payment of their salaries.
But a problem looming in the horizon may hinder all these developments. The provincial government is demanding that the distribution of salaries, after the audit process, through it exclusively and refuses to deal with its ministries with Baghdad, which wants to pay salaries through the directorates in each province.


Union of investors in the Kurdistan Region: Our markets will revive soon

Federation of investors in the Kurdistan Region: Our markets will revive soon
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“The problems that emerged after the referendum of Kurdistan in relation to the private sector was the full impact on the markets and the weakness of the movement and the lack of tourists to the region and the decline of investment movement,” a spokesman for the Kurdistan Investors Union said on Saturday.

Yassin Mahmoud Rashid said in an interview with the Iranian agency (JM) that after the visit of the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani and his deputy, Qubad Talabani, to Tehran and received by senior Iranian officials, confidence returned to markets in the region according to the points discussed by the talks between the parties and what was reviewed at the conference The journalist held by Barzani from important points and after which the markets saw some kind of movement.

Rashid said the region is directly linked to Iran because of a number of factors and it is necessary to inform people that because of the financial crisis and the low per capita income in the society, daily life is linked to Iranian goods and goods, pointing out that if the goods and goods are not secured from Iran, the problems will grow.

Rashid said that Iran has 800 industrial cities located close to the region in terms of geography, adding to the compatibility of taste between the two sides towards goods and commodities, especially foodstuffs, indicating that even on the one hand, prices and quality is appropriate, which made the region depends on Iranian goods by 80% Surrounding the province of Sulaymaniyah.

Rashid added that the border closure had a direct impact on private sector projects and investment, pointing out that the private sector of Kurdistan welcomes the normalization of relations with Iran.

He noted that a meeting will soon be held between the Kurdistan Investors Union and the Iranian Chambers of Commerce, especially the provinces of Kermanshah and Sindhaj.

Rashid said Iran had decided to support the provincial government and restore the level of trade between Tehran and Erbil in 2013, adding that two new border crossing points, Kila and Siraband, would be turned into two international crossings.

He also pointed out that the most important of all things, Iran allocates a billion dollars each year as an amount to encourage its companies, which is a suitable opportunity to develop relations with the parties of the region, noting that the Union welcomes the arrival of Iranian companies.

On the Iranian role in the political situation in the Kurdistan Region, Rashid said that Iran can play the role of mediator to solve the problems of the region with Baghdad and that part of Iran’s economy linked to the Iraqi economy, pointing out that the level of security and stability in Iraq and relations between Arbil and Baghdad within the framework of a unified Iraq has an impact To develop relations between Tehran and Baghdad.

He also stressed that the provision of salaries of the staff of the region by Baghdad will have a significant impact on the recovery of the markets of the region, especially in the investment sector, adding that the problems that resulted after the referendum in the region at the border crossings will end and he has come to him after the reopening of airports will increase numbers Flights between Iran and the region.

US Deputy Secretary of State Visits Baghdad Tomorrow


US Deputy Secretary of State Visits Baghdad Tomorrow

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Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:
The US Embassy in Iraq announced Saturday that the US Deputy Secretary of State will visit Baghdad tomorrow.
“US Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan will visit Baghdad tomorrow, where he will lead a joint delegation from various agencies to participate in the Higher Coordination Committee to strengthen our long-term partnership with Iraq and the Iraqi people,” the embassy said in a statement.

“The deputy minister intends to focus on expanding economic relations between the United States and Iraq, increasing foreign investment to facilitate the reconstruction of Iraq after 14 years of war and fighting terrorism,” she said.
She noted that “Deputy Minister Sullivan will meet with senior Iraqi officials to discuss efforts to ensure defeat defeatist and regional strategic priorities and progress in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.”


Iraq agrees to reopen Saudi consulate in Basra

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Iraq’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Rushdie al-Ani, announced the approval of the reopening of the Saudi consulate in Basra.

“The consulate in Basra is a reopening, not an opening, because it was originally open and closed in 1990,” al-Ani told Al-Hayat newspaper. “We received a request from Saudi Arabia to reopen the consulate in Basra and to open a consulate in Najaf.” .

He pointed out that the consulates will open soon, “and will open the border Saudi Arabia – Iraq, after the completion of maintenance work from the Iraqi side.”

For its part, a source familiar with Saudi Arabian Airlines said that the first week of February will see “historical operation” of flights between Saudi Arabia and Iraq, eight flights a day through Saudi Airlines.

Association of Private Banks: Project Alq Baghdad is witnessing great progress


Economy News Baghdad:

The Executive Director of the Association of Private Banks, Ali Tariq, that the project shed Baghdad to develop 20 squares in Baghdad is witnessing great progress.

He said during the Forum of Islamic Banks in Iraq, and attended by “Economy News”, “The project shed Baghdad to develop 20 square in Baghdad is applied systematically and the next two months will show the features of the project almost completely.”

He added that “the forum of Islamic banks organized by the Association of Private Banks comes at an important stage in the Iraqi economy.”

Kuwaiti official: Iraq began to pay financial compensation


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait announced the direct payment of Iraq’s remaining in the so-called “financial compensation”, the invasion of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 1991 to Kuwait.

The minister said the Kuwaiti Foreign Relations Khaled Al – Jarallah Assistant, according to The Middle East Monitor ” Middle East Monitor , “, on Saturday, that once “Iraq has DAUM another to pay compensation to Kuwait in Mali, instead of the prior agreement , which allowed Iraq to pay Kuwait gas instead of currency , Stressing that the payments will continue from Iraq until 2021.

He pointed out that the Kuwaiti government is conducting ongoing discussions with its Iraqi counterpart regarding the funds and property confiscated by the former regime belonging to Kuwaiti citizens during the 1990s in order to transfer their ownership to them or replace them with funds paid by the Iraqi government.

Spokesman for the government reveals to “Khandan” information about the meeting of Arbil and Baghdad

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The spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government Sven Dzai said in a statement to “Khandan”, that is scheduled to hold a meeting between Arbil and Baghdad to discuss the oil file and resolve outstanding issues between them, noting that the date of the meeting has not yet been determined.

“The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is not the cause, and it is waiting for Baghdad in this regard,” Dzei said. “We have always said that we are ready to meet with Baghdad.”

The spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government, on behalf of the delegation that came from Baghdad to Erbil, “not to make any kind of agreement with the delegation, but there were understandings scheduled to be exposed to Abadi, and then express the views of Abadi on the talks, and then meet with the delegation one more time”.