Central Bank reopens branch in Mosul


Central Bank reopens branch in Mosul

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Nineveh / Al-Ghad Press:
The Central Bank of Iraq announced on Sunday the immediate reopening of its branch in the province of Nineveh for the purpose of supporting the economy of the province.
“The Central Bank will open the Mosul branch within days, where a temporary building will be allocated by the provincial council within two days,” said Central Bank Governor Walid Hadi.

He added that “the bank urges other banks to reopen their branches in Mosul, where it will contribute to the revival of the economy of the province.”
He said that “the bank will provide loans and facilities and open Sindhi credits and letters of guarantee.”

It is noteworthy that the security forces was able in March 2017 to liberate the complex of government buildings on the right side of the city of Mosul, where the main branch of the Central Bank in the province of Nineveh, after it was under the control of a calling organization for about three years.
In the meantime, the Central Bank announced that it will coordinate with the concerned authorities to prepare the necessary plans to assess the damage in order to reconstruct and rehabilitate the branch when announcing the completion of liberation and victory over terrorist groups.


Reveal convergence of visions between the National Alliance and the forces to pass the budget


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A member of the Finance Committee MP Majida Tamimi, on Monday, a meeting within the parliament to resolve the differences on the budget, confirming convergence of views between the National Alliance and the forces to pass.

Tamimi said in a statement to the information that there is a consensus between the National Alliance and the forces to pass the budget, stressing that “only Kurds are opposed to the proportion set for the region in the budget.”

She added that “the budget is calculated today according to population ratios, where the percentage of Kurdistan is determined by the population there.”

She explained that “the proportion of Kurdistan had to be adjusted since 2006, and calculated on the basis of the population,” indicating that “the budget will vote on them before the elections, especially in light of the convergence between the blocks and resolving differences with them on the budget.” End 25 n


The federal government lifts the flight ban from Arbil and Sulaymaniyah airports to Saudi Arabia only

«Change» is meeting Abadi Barzani «provocative» … and the budget threatens to break the crisis

Bright Resan

Feb 19, 2018

Baghdad, «Al-Quds Al-Arabi»: Although the federal government in Baghdad did not take any steps to resolve the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil, but meetings are still held between the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider Abadi on the one hand, and the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani on the other, but Without revealing the details of those meetings.

Last meeting between Abadi and Barzani, took place last Saturday in the city of Munich, Germany, on the sidelines of Iraq’s participation in the «security conference».

The Kurdish delegation, which met with Abadi, joined Barzani along with Barzani, the adviser to the Security Council in the region, and the head of the Office of the Presidency of the Kurdistan region, Fuad Hussein, and the head of the Department of Foreign Relations in the Kurdistan government, Falah Mustafa, according to pictures published by the official website of the Office of Information Abadi.

During the meeting Abadi Barzani, discuss the settlement of differences between Baghdad and Erbil, according to the adviser of the Security Council of the Kurdistan region, pleased Barzani, who added: «In the words of (Abadi) we will make progress in addressing the problems, and we are waiting for what they will do».

It seems that the «Munich meeting» did not appreciate the movement «change» Kurdistan, which described the meeting of Abadi Bnjirvan Barzani and pleased Barzani “courtesy” interpreted as the release of their hand in the smuggling of oil without accounting, and considered the meeting «a provocation» for the people of the Kurdistan region, .

“One of the most important criticisms of the entire Iraqi people, not just the people of Kurdistan, for my slaves, is his continued compliments to the authorities of the region at the expense of the public interest. We have asked him more than once face-to-face,” said MP Hoshyar Abdullah in a statement. To stop these compliments both inside Iraq and in conferences held abroad. ” He warned, according to the statement, that «any courtesy of this kind will be interpreted by the authorities of the Territory that they have their hands in the smuggling of oil without any discipline or watchdog by the federal government or regulators, but unfortunately meets them and laughs with them instead of taking action to prevent the smuggling of oil region And the people’s survival without salaries. ”

He added: “It is regrettable that Abadi over the past years criticizes the government of the region through the media and accused of corruption, especially with regard to the oil file, but at the external conferences such as the Munich conference recently meet them and sit with them, although so far has not reached any result in resolving the outstanding problems between The center and the region, including the oil file », pointing out that« this indicates the seriousness of Abadi in solving the problem of salaries of employees of the Kurdistan region, as if the people of the region was written to remain without salaries and a victim of the courtiers Abadi to the authorities of the region, the most recent meeting with Bengharvan Barzani and Massur Barzani ».

Lifting the ban on flights to Saudi Arabia

But the Iraqi National Congress, revealed the close of the end of the unresolved crisis between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government. The Secretary-General of the party, Aras Habib, said in a statement that «the announcement of sending the salaries of some employees of the Kurdistan region even before the completion of the check lists of good faith that has governed the relationship between the center and the region», indicating that «the same applies to the ongoing discussions on Airports, where the next few days can witness the end of the crisis ». He added that «quiet dialogues not accompanied by escalation or political investment has been and is still the reason for the arrival of things to the end of positive».

Meanwhile, a source in the Kurdistan Regional Government said that a delegation from the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs left for the capital Baghdad to discuss the mechanism to lift the air embargo on airports Erbil and Sulaymaniyah to and from Saudi Arabia, according to the site «Twilight News».

He pointed out that the delegation will discuss in Baghdad the technical issues about the pilgrims’ trips to Saudi Arabia, through Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports.

Al-Quds Al-Arabi received a copy of an official letter issued by the Office of Abadi, addressed to the Civil Aviation Authority, according to the approval of the Iraqi Prime Minister to the landing and take off of aircraft transporting pilgrims from Erbil and Sulaymaniyah International Airport.

According to the official letter issued in early February, the federal government stipulated that the Prime Minister’s Office be provided with a detailed position on the number of flights on a regular basis.

The official book bore the signature of Abdul Amir Mohammed Ali, Director General of the National Operations Center of the Office of Abadi.

The federal government has imposed a series of sanctions on the Kurdistan region of Iraq against the background of the referendum referendum “secession” on September 25, 2017, after receiving the support of the Federal House of Representatives.

Budget hurdle

For you, the signs of breaking the crisis hit the obstacle of the budget bill of 2018, in light of the insistence of the Kurdish deputies boycotting the sessions of the parliament, including reading or vote on the budget, in the absence of their observations.

MP Sirwan Abdullah, of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by Massoud Barzani, told «Arab Jerusalem»: «There is no evolution in the issue of passing the draft budget bill 2018, because of the neglect of the rights of the Kurds, by the federal government», noting that «this method Unfair, and can not be sustained ».

He added: «We demand the rights of the people of the Kurdistan region, including the name of the Kurdistan region in the draft law, in addition to the proportion of 17%», pointing out that «all components of Iraq agreed on this percentage in 2005, and the change today by Abadi, is not Constitutional and unfair, especially as Iraq has not been a census of the population, not to mention the inclusion of the rights of Peshmerga within the country’s defense system, and salaries of employees and farmers’ entitlements ».

The Kurdistan MP, that all these things must find their way to resolve, being «violations of legal and constitutional». He continued: «If the federal government does not want the region to be separated, it must provide its dues, and provide legal rights and constitutional».

The Kurdish political blocs are still boycotting parliamentary sessions that belong to the budget, in protest against not including their demands in the draft law.

According to the MP from the Kurdistan Islamic Group Ahmad Hama Rashid, «Arab Jerusalem», «after the government to amend some paragraphs of the budget and sent back to Parliament, it requires the re-read the first reading, after the absence of legal status of the draft law sent the first time .

He stressed the position of the Kurdish MPs with «remarks of the deputies of the provinces destroyed, and the other oil-producing».

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Washington plans to hand over to Iraq a new batch of F-16s

Journal February 18, 2018

Baghdad – Journal News

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq will receive 13 F-16s in the course of next year, bringing the total number of Iraqi-made aircraft to 34, according to Deputy Commander of the International Coalition Forces, Major General Andrew Croft.

Croft said in a statement that the Iraqi air force is now more capable of eliminating terrorist organizations by using these aircraft.

He stressed that the International Alliance will work to strengthen the capabilities of the Iraqi Air Force, and training to be able to train pilots to use the F-16.

The US military commander said there were Iraqi pilots receiving lessons at the Balad air base in Salahaddin province, as well as training in aeronautical engineering.

He noted that the coalition is still using sophisticated reconnaissance aircraft in Iraq, to ensure the necessary support for Iraqi forces.

Croft said the international coalition would continue to support Iraqi forces to ensure that no new organization or new militant groups emerge.


Corruption fears prevent the World Bank from handing over the money of the Kuwait conference to the Iraqi government

Member of the parliamentary economy: expected …


18/02/2018 – 22:58

Economy / Iraq

A member of the Committee on Economy and Investment Representative Amer al-Fayez, Sunday, that the news that talked about the condition of the World Bank on the survival of the funds of the donors conference under his supervision is expected, indicating that Iraq is globally diagnosed high corruption index and therefore there is fear of handing over money.

Al-Fayez said in a press statement that “the subject of the World Bank’s requirement not to hand over the funds of the donor conference to the Iraqi government and keeping it under his supervision in the disbursement of investment companies that aspire to the reconstruction of Iraq is expected,” pointing out that “at the beginning of the donor conference in Kuwait, To deposit money in the Kuwaiti bank and disbursed in the form of payments to investment companies. ”

Adding that “this is expected because Iraq is diagnosed by the countries of the world high corruption index in this and led to loss of confidence in Iraqi institutions.”

The Economic Committee in the Iraqi parliament, earlier, that the loans granted to Iraq at the International Conference on Iraq Reconstruction, amounting to about $ 27 billion, will weigh the “burden” of the budget.

The Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq began in Kuwait on Monday, 12 February 2018, and lasted until the 14th.


The resumption of foreign flights through the airports of Arbil and Sulaymaniyah on 28 January

BAGHDAD, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) – The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority announced on February 28 that it would resume air traffic for foreign flights through Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports for citizens of the Kurdistan region who wish to perform Umrah for the Holy Land.

The news agency ‘Shafak News’ news, a decision issued by the Civil Aviation Authority to expect the Director General of the Iraqi National Operations Center Abdul Amir Mohammed Ali, which sets the date of the twenty-eighth of this month a date for the resumption of international flights from the airports of Arbil and Sulaymaniyah international for the pilgrims from the region.

According to the decision, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi agreed to the civil aircraft flights from Sulaymaniyah and Arbil international airports provided they are provided with full information on the number of flights periodically.

The Association of Hajj and Umrah companies in the Kurdistan Region, has revealed on Thursday, the approval of Prime Minister Haider Abadi, the operation of flights for pilgrims from and to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah international airports.

The member of the Association Mahmoud Abdullah said in a press statement that ‘Mr. Abadi’s approval was obtained to open the Sulaymaniyah and Erbil airports to transport the Iraqi immigrants from and to the two airports above after submitting a request from the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs in the region addressed to the Supreme Commission for Hajj and Umrah. So ‘.

Abdullah said that ‘a new mechanism will be adopted by the conduct of flights, as the Ministry of Awqaf in the region will send a delegation on the demarcation of the mechanism and very soon the work is done’.

It should be noted that the federal authorities in Baghdad, had suspended the movement of foreign air through the airports of Arbil and Sulaymaniyah in mid-October last, because of the referendum on the secession of the territory from Iraq, conducted by the Kurdish authorities on the twenty-fifth of September last year .

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Kurdistan points to the files of the solution, but Abadi does not need the committees and waiting for practical steps

Twilight News

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A spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government, Sven Dziyi, on Sunday, expressed the hope that positive meetings between the heads of the federal government and the region will translate into practical steps.

He said Dziay in a statement to the twilight News, that the meetings are positive between Baghdad and the region and welcomed by the provincial government and the meeting in Munich is the third between Abadi and Barzani, but there is still no practical step.

He added that some issues could be resolved by a decision of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and do not need more committees or other technical steps, for example ending the suspension of international flights to and from airports in the region, especially after the presence of federal government employees at those airports.

The provincial government spokesman stressed that all files should not be mixed together.

The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani, saw that the meeting of the Kurdish delegation in Munich with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi was good.

The meeting of Abadi – the Kurdish delegation headed by Barzani yesterday, on the sidelines of the security conference in Munich, Germany.

The Kurdistan Regional Government described the meeting as “frank” according to a statement.

“The meeting with Mr. Abbadi was good, and we have other meetings to reach results,” Barzani told reporters in Munich on Sunday afternoon.

In addition to Nechirvan Barzani, the delegation of Kurdistan to Munich included the adviser of the Security Council of the region, Massur Barzani, the head of the Department of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa and the head of the Office of the Presidency of the region Fuad Hussein.

This is the third meeting between Abadi and Nejervan Barzani since the referendum held by the Kurdistan region in September 2017, Baghdad responded with “punitive” measures.



US Ambassador to Iraq confirms his country’s support for efforts to repatriate displaced people

– 2/18/2018 9:31:00 AM .

Khandan –

US Ambassador to Baghdad Douglas Seelman said the United States and the international community have contributed in recent years to support efforts to return displaced people to their liberated areas.

In an interview with Al Hurra television, Sulliman said the Iraqi government has undertaken much of that effort to create the right conditions for the return of the displaced.

The US ambassador said that the United States has provided $ 1.7 billion to support the rehabilitation of liberated cities and that the international coalition has played an important role in this regard.

The US administration has set up a mechanism to monitor the funds allocated to rebuild or rehabilitate the affected cities, Silliman said.


Kurdish deputy: next week will be clear if Abadi serious in passing the budget or not

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deputy of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Najeeb Najib, confirmed on Sunday the continuing differences over the issue of voting on the budget, indicating that next week will be clear if the Prime Minister serious to pass it or not.

Najib told “Al-Ghad Press” that “the budget read the second reading in the parliament to boycott the Kurdish blocs, and their opposition to the origin of the draft contrary to the Constitution and the law.”

She pointed out that “there has not been any response so far on the benefits of the Kurds, and that the latest amendment, which came from the government to parliament did not address any treatment of the demands of the Kurds, the Sunnis and the oil-producing provinces.”

“The differences on the passage of the budget so far continues, and we hope the Prime Minister to feel the suffering of the people of the province and respond to their constitutional entitlements and make an amendment to the budget to pass.”

“Next week it will be clear to us whether the prime minister is serious about passing the budget or not,” she said.


Barzani: Our meeting with Abadi was good .. And we have other discussions to reach the results

Twilight News

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The News of the Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani, said the meeting of the Kurdish delegation in Munich with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi was good.

The meeting of Abadi – the Kurdish delegation headed by Barzani yesterday, on the sidelines of the security conference in Munich, Germany.

The Kurdistan Regional Government described the meeting as “frank” according to a statement.

“The meeting with Mr. Abbadi was good, and we have other meetings to reach results,” Barzani told reporters in Munich on Sunday afternoon.

In addition to Nechirvan Barzani, the delegation of Kurdistan to Munich included the adviser of the Security Council of the region, Massur Barzani, the head of the Department of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa and the head of the Office of the Presidency of the region Fuad Hussein.

This is the third meeting between Abadi and Nejervan Barzani since the referendum held by the Kurdistan region in September 2017, Baghdad responded with “punitive” measures.

Barzani touched on the meetings of the Kurdish delegation in Munich, and felt that it was important, and discussed the date of the elections in Kurdistan and the internal situation, and also discussed with the UN envoy in Syria, Stefan Demstora, the situation in Afrin.