UAE imposes sanctions on 9 Iranian individuals and entities in cooperation with Washington

Policy  2018/05/10 23:43  375  Editor: hr

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On Thursday, the United Arab Emirates listed nine entities and individuals on its approved list of individuals and terrorist organizations.

“The decision comes as part of the UAE’s keenness to target and disrupt the networks associated with the financing of terrorism and related activities,” the UAE news agency WAM reported.

“The inclusion of individuals and entities in the list came because they bought and transferred millions of dollars to the Quds Force of the IRGC and its agents to finance destabilizing activities in the region by concealing the purpose for which they were paid,” she said.

“The Iranian entities and individuals were listed as a result of close cooperation between the UAE and the United States of America, which included the individuals and entities on its list,” the agency said.

US Treasury Secretary Stephen Menuchin praised the efforts of the United Arab Emirates and its close cooperation in this regard, stressing that “all countries of the world should take note of Iran’s efforts to exploit the financial institutions of other countries to exchange currencies and finance terrorist actors in the Revolutionary Guard Iranian, “as I described it.

Source: WAM

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Flydubai to resume its flights to Sulaymaniyah and Erbil airports

Flydubai is resuming flights to Sulaymaniyah and Arbil airports
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(Reuters) – Emirates airline Flay Dubai on Thursday resumed flights to Sulaymaniyah International Airport and decided to fly twice a week.
Sulaymaniyah International Airport spokesman Dana Mohammed said in a press statement Thursday that it was with great pleasure that Flay dubai resumed flights to Sulaymaniyah and Arbil international airports after four years of suspension.
Mohammed said the airline had decided to operate two flights a week, adding that if necessary, it would increase the number of flights.

 

World Bank forecasts and estimates for the Iraqi economy during 2018

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Since 2018-05-10 at 19:52 (Baghdad time)

Baghdad – Mawazine News
The World Bank published its forecasts and estimates for the Iraqi economy during 2018, where positive indicators overshadowed the scene despite warnings of the fragility of the situation because of the dangers of the situation in Iraq.
Population and Poverty Rates
Iraq has a population of 38.5 and a GDP of $ 197.7 billion. The poverty rate in line with the poverty line of $ 3.2 per day is 17.9%.
The growth
rate of the Iraqi economy is expected to accelerate as the security situation improves, with 4.4% in the non-oil sector in 2017, despite the slow pace of reconstruction activities due to the consequences of the war and low oil prices amid hopes of reforming the structure of the economy and addressing the problem of displacement.
Needs of Iraq
Iraq’s needs for reconstruction estimated at 88 billion dollars, but the positive indicators of the situation slightly according to the report, where inflation recorded a low rate in 2017 by 0.1% and the total budget deficit fell to 2.2% last year.
Public debt
Improved financial output helped stabilize the public debt in 2017 after an increase in borrowing and debt guarantees. The debt ratio stabilized compared to GDP in 2016, for example, at 64%. Foreign exchange reserves began to rise in 2017 to cope with external shocks.
Future prospects
The World Bank expects Iraq’s growth prospects to improve due to a favorable security environment and gradual recovery of investment for reconstruction amid forecasts of GDP growth despite an OPEC cut-off agreement that obligates Iraq to commit.

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Abadi: Iraq has developed the oil sector significantly and became the second country to export oil

 

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President of the coalition of victory Haider al-Abadi, Thursday, that Iraq has developed the oil sector “significantly”, pointing out that the country became the second country to export oil.

“This is the day when our future is decided, where is Iraq going, and in what direction does it go?” He said in a speech in Baghdad. “We will not forget the heroes who achieved the victory that the world called a miracle.”

Abadi said that “Iraq has achieved a lot of achievements on the economic level during the last period,” noting that “Iraq has developed the oil sector significantly and became the second country in the export of oil.”

“The government has increased the allocations of the social protection network,” he said, stressing that “in every province, I make my attention to the families of martyrs and wounded.”

 

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Barzani and the Kurds Silliman define the position in Baghdad after the elections

Barzani and Sullivan determine the position of Kurds in Baghdad after the elections
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The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, received Thursday afternoon, the US ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman and a delegation accompanying him.

During the meeting, the two sides evaluated the preparations for the elections of the Iraqi Council of Representatives in the hope that they will be conducted in an orderly and democratic manner and that the Iraqi parties will start a serious dialogue after the elections to form the new government in Iraq in a way that will bring with it political stability and security and economic development in the country.

He expressed hope that the Kurdish parties will preserve the unity of the word and the unity of their ranks, their weight and their strength in Baghdad, and play a prominent role in the success of the elections and the formation of the next Iraqi government.

For his part, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region to the organized manner witnessed by the conduct of electoral campaigns in the Kurdistan Region, expressing the hope that the electoral process in all of Iraq in the same way.

Barzani reiterated that they will make serious efforts to form the Kurdish parties in the Iraqi Council of Representatives next strong bloc and maintain the unity of its class and word and strengthen this unity.

Another aspect of the meeting was a series of issues related to the situation in the region in general.

Barzani specific time: ready to open a new page with Baghdad

 

Barzani specific time: ready to open a new page with Baghdad
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The deputy chairman of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan, Nechirvan Barzani, the readiness to open a new page with Baghdad after the elections of the Iraqi parliament.
Barzani said in a speech to supporters of his party in Erbil, that the failure of the implementation of the Iraqi parties to the constitution to raise problems for the Kurdistan region, and this is unacceptable from Baghdad, especially that the region is ready at the same time to implement all the provisions of the Constitution.
Barzani said that the future of the majority in Iraq, “are ready to open a new page with Baghdad after the elections, the Kurdistan Democratic Party the lion’s share in all gains in Kurdistan, and a party of all denominations and components, and everyone sees his place in it,” stressing that “if we want to get more gains we have to Unite the ranks in Baghdad. “