Kurdistan PM, US Delegation Review Erbil-Baghdad Relations

 

Kurdistan PM, US Delegation Review Erbil-Baghdad Relations

ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Friday a diplomatic delegation from the United States, headed by Andrew Peek, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran.

The sides exchanged views on the latest political developments in the region, welcoming the progress in Erbil-Baghdad relations after a period of disagreements and tensions.

The US diplomats reiterated the importance of Kurdistan Region’s contribution to the political process in Baghdad, especially since the establishment of a new government in the capital.

They also welcomed the agreement between Kurdistan Region and Iraq to jointly resume the oil exports form Kirkuk.

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Trump adviser comment on the resumption of Kirkuk oil exports

 

Date of release: 2018/11/16 22:26 
“This is a promising first step to return to the 2017 levels,” said John Bolton, US national security adviser, who is pleased with the agreement to resume the export of Kirkuk oil between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan region.
“We are pleased with the agreement between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to partially resume Kirkuk oil exports,” Bolton said in a tweet on Twitter. 
“This is a promising first step back to 2017 levels,” he said. 
“Lost revenues and services can be restored to the Iraqi people and Iraq is an independent energy state,” he said. 
In the context, the official of the Department of Foreign Relations in the Kurdistan Regional Government, Falah Mustafa with the envoy of US President, Brett McGork, the export of Kirkuk oil and coordination on the security of the region. 
“The two sides discussed cooperation between Baghdad and Erbil, and the agenda of the meeting included the resumption of the export of Kirkuk oil through the pipeline of the Kurdistan Region and coordination on enhancing security and supporting minorities,” McGork said in a tweet on Twitter. 
He went on to say:
The spokesman of the Ministry of Oil, Assem Jihad, earlier Friday, resume the export of oil from Kirkuk through the pipelines of the Kurdistan Region after a halt for more than a year. 
Jihad said in a press statement that “resumed the export of oil from Kirkuk on Friday, to the Turkish port of Ceyhan through the pipelines of the Kurdistan region at the rate of 50-100 thousand barrels per day.” 
For its part, announced the Iraqi Oil Ministry, that the export and marketing of Kirkuk oil will be through the company Sumo and the rate of 50-100 thousand barrels per day. 
It is noteworthy that the rate of export of Kirkuk oil through the Kurdistan region has reached about 300 thousand barrels per day during 2017. 
The United States against the export of Kirkuk oil to Iran, especially after the recent sanctions, and therefore announced its support for the settlement of differences between Erbil and Baghdad and the export of oil through Turkey. is over
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The Central Bank reveals the truth of the dismissal of the relations

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A source in the Central Bank’s information office denied on Friday that the bank’s governor Ali al-Alaq was dismissed and that Ahmad al-Sarraf was appointed in his stead.

The source said in an exclusive interview (Baghdad today), “The Central Bank has not received any notification from the Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, or his office on the dismissal of the relations and the assignment of Ahmed Sarraf, as the pages of Facebook.”

The source, who declined to be named, said that “the news circulated on social networking sites is part of the psychological war that is being waged against the relations since it revealed the destruction of approximately 7 billion Iraqi dinars because of the rainwater in Rafidain Bank.”

Some social networking sites have been reported since Friday morning, in which they talked about the dismissal of the Prime Minister of the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq Ali Alalak, and the appointment of Ahmed Sarraf as a substitute.

The leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr has demanded on Wednesday (14 November 2018), the arrest of the culprits sinking more than seven billion dinars immediately, stressing that he supports fair justice in accounting families known for “corruption and vice.”

The governor of the Central Bank of Iraq and the agency Ali Alalak, confirmed in parliament, on Monday, November 12, 2018, more than 7 billion dinars damage due to leakage of rainwater to the coffers of Rafidain government, which sparked public outrage expressed by citizens and activists through social networking sites.

A number of politicians and MPs commented on the incident, calling for an investigation with the central bank administration and the prosecution of those involved in the default on this file.

The judiciary announced on Thursday that it would open an investigation into the case of seven billion dinars, due to rainwater in Rafidain Bank, while pledging to hold officials accountable.

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of the removal of the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq from his post

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Shafaq News / Informed media sources said on Friday that the Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, dismissed the governor of the Central Bank of Iraq acting on the links.

The sources said today that information indicating the signing of Abdul Mahdi to dismiss the ties from his post against the backdrop of the recent confirmation of the damage of 7 billion Iraqi dinars water, without further details.

The relations had said on Monday during hosting the parliament that the amount of 7 billion Iraqi dinars (5 million 882 thousand dollars) was damaged by 100 percent, due to leakage of rainwater to the coffers of Rafidain Bank, reducing the importance of the matter because the amount is worth only the cost of printing .

The statements made by the Governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait have been widely discussed and questioned about the quality of the currency and the place of deposit, and the measures that the Bank provides to protect local currency against damage caused by any opposition to it.

About two months ago, the governor of the Central Bank Ali al-Alaq raised a great controversy after putting his name on the Iraqi currency instead of signing, in an unprecedented precedent since the establishment of the Iraqi state in 1920.

A month before the end of the government in March 2016, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki appointed the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers Ali Al-Alaq as Governor of the Central Bank.

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of the removal of the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq from his post

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Shafaq News / Media sources reported on Friday that the Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, dismissed the governor of the Central Bank of Iraq acting on the links.

The sources said today that information indicating the signing of Abdul Mahdi to dismiss the ties from his post against the backdrop of the recent confirmation of the damage of 7 billion Iraqi dinars water.

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Mughrini to Abdul Mahdi by telephone: We support Iraq’s stance towards the US sanctions and are ready to help him

Date of release: 2018/11/16 18:07

(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi received a telephone call from the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Federica Mugrini.

A statement by the Prime Minister’s Office received a copy of the news agency that Mughrini congratulated Abdul Mahdi on the assumption of the post of prime minister and the formation of the government, stressing the support of the European Union to the President personally and the government, “noting that” working with Iraq is an important priority for the European Union. ”

“The European Union is following with satisfaction the steps of the prime minister in forming the government and seeking to overcome quotas in the selection of ministers,” she said, noting that Iraq, because of its history, composition and geography, can play an important role in building bridges of cooperation in the region as a whole.

“The EU is prepared to support Iraq politically, financially and securityly, as well as its support for Iraq in its stance towards US sanctions against Iran and the EU’s readiness to assist Iraq in supporting the consequences of these sanctions,” Mughrini said.

Mughrini made an open invitation to Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to visit the European Union and also invited Mughrini to visit Iraq soon

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Washington ‘s economy depends on the Baghdad agreement with Arbil to resume the export of Kirkuk oil

Washington on the Baghdad agreement with Arbil to resume the export of Kirkuk oil
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US President George W. Bush’s envoy to the international anti-coalition coalition urged in Iraq and Syria on Friday he was satisfied that Baghdad and Erbil had reached an agreement to resume export of Kirkuk oil to Turkey.

McGrawk said in a statement to the social networking sites “Twitter” today, ” an excellent news from Baghdad on the resumption of oil exports from Kirkuk to Ceyhan and global markets under a new arrangement was negotiated between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government,” saying that “a remarkable progress “He said.

The Ministry of Oil has announced the arrival of the federal government and the Kurdistan Region to a preliminary agreement provides for the resumption of export of oil from the fields of Kirkuk via the pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan.

The ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said in an interview with the twilight news that the agreement provides for the export of oil from the fields of Kirkuk to the Turkish port of Ceyhan through the pipeline passing from the region, at a rate of 50-100 thousand barrels per day.

He added that the export and marketing of this quantity through the Iraqi Oil Marketing Company “Sumo”.

Exports from Kirkuk have been expected since October 2017, when the Iraqi government forces seized control of Kirkuk from the Kurdish authorities, in response to the organization of a referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan Region.

Kurds seized control of Kirkuk and its oil fields after the fighters expelled the organization «Da’ash» Iraqi army from the region in 2014, and then expelled Kurdish forces fighters of the organization later. 
Iraqi oil fields in the disputed Kirkuk area gained new importance after the United States re-imposed sanctions on Iran. Washington is pressing Baghdad to resume exports, which were suspended last year. 
Iraq aims to increase its export capacity to 8.5 million barrels per day in the coming years, from less than 5 million barrels per day now, one million barrels may come from Kirkuk, but the process of appeal complex.
The suspension of exports from Kirkuk delayed the flow of about 300 thousand barrels per day from Iraq towards Turkey and global markets, causing a loss of revenues of about 8 billion dollars since the suspension last year. Most of Iraq’s exports come from southern fields, but Kirkuk is one of the largest and oldest oil fields in the Middle East, with recoverable oil estimated at 9 billion barrels.

The United States is also considering Kirkuk as an option to help offset the global oil shortage caused by its sanctions against Iran, which bans the import of Iranian oil. The United States is pressing Baghdad to suspend all shipments of oil from Iran and resume pumping from Kirkuk to Turkey, according to sources in the sector.

He destroyed the pipeline that Baghdad had previously used for export through Turkey, to maintain only one pipeline at work, which was built and operated by the Kurds. The Iraqi government has to use the pipeline or build a new pipeline, and is considering both options

On paper, Baghdad controls Kirkuk oil flows, but if Iraq decides to use the Kurdish pipeline to export oil, it will need to negotiate.