Sadr launches a stinging attack on the Iraqi government because of Trump

The visit of the US president to the “Ain al-Assad” base revealed the fragility of political alliances

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US President Donald Trump during his visit to the base, “Ain al-Assad” in western Iraq last Wednesday (AP)

Baghdad: Hamza Mustafa

The leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr, a fierce attack on the Iraqi government against the backdrop of US President Donald Trump visited the base of “Ain al-Assad” in Anbar province in western Iraq. Sadr, in a statement yesterday, said: “Regret, regret the government of Iraq and its politicians to bow to such practice, they are so submissive but lost the heroic and historical positions of this ancient country.

At a time when the visit of Trump to Iraq, the positions of blocs and parties and Shiite forces on the visit in exchange for the silence of the Kurds and Sunnis, the Sadr statement revealed a clear contrast in the positions of those blocks of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. At a time when many of the blocs and leaders of the alliance «conquest» what they have adopted a courageous position of Abdul Mahdi because of what was said about his refusal to meet at the base at the base of Assad and the requirement that the meeting in Baghdad, Sadr counted the behavior of the government and Iraqi politicians as a “subservience” of politics American.

According to a well-known Iraqi politician, “Attitudes from Trump’s visit to Iraq do not in fact reflect the unity of a genuine national position, but rather an attempt to settle scores with the United States and the other is just a wave ride, while the third is to try to satisfy foreign parties Take it from attitudes toward America. ” “The difference in attitudes towards such an issue is normal, provided that it has a political dimension, while the clear title of these positions is the racial and sectarian alignments,” the well-informed politician told Asharq Al-Awsat, asking not to be named. Where now the Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis in two major political alliances are almost the majority of members of the Iraqi parliament, Trump’s visit proved a deep divergence in the positions of these blocks of the most important issues that should not be disputed: the national sovereignty and foreign presence in the country ». “The Sunnis still see that they need the United States, even though some of them have entered into clear alliances with parties close to Iran,” he said.

In the context of the reactions, the former member of the Iraqi parliament for the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Majid Shankali told «Middle East», «The uproar raised about Trump’s visit to Iraq is very fabricated, the visit is normal for more than one reason; And the second is that the visits of senior US officials are stipulated in the strategic agreement signed between Baghdad and Washington, and thirdly that Trump visited an American base in Germany in the same way he visited the base of Ain al-Assad without talking about the violation of Germany’s sovereignty » .

Shankali said that “what is happening is really strange, as those who denounce calculated on the Iranian camp, and the silence is calculated on the American camp, and this in itself is a clear expression of the absence of an Iraqi national decision away from foreign agendas.

For his part, the professor of political science at the University of Baghdad, Dr. Khalid Abdul-Ilah told Asharq Al-Awsat that “the Sunnis and the Kurds do not have convulsive positions on the United States of America, and this has withdrawn the position from the visit of Trump,” noting that ” The visit revealed in fact the reality of the diseases suffered by the political process, including the lack of cross-sectarian and ethnic issues in the core ». “There are new demands on the parliament to issue a resolution or legislation that obligates the government to withdraw foreign troops from the country,” he said. “There is no strong internal reality that produces a unified foreign policy,” he said. “The presence of Turkish forces in northern Iraq has been a major issue. There have been a lot of demands to remove them when there was tension between Baghdad and Ankara, No one is talking about the presence of these forces », stressing that« talk of sovereignty is linked to external wills and not a unified national approach ».,15700022,15700124,15700126,15700149,15700186,15700191,15700201,15700214&usg=ALkJrhj9iqTXQa0yPHRjhuKgCCiiX_lQ9A


Al-Tamimi: Iraq will borrow from 21 foreign parties in the budget of 2019

 Policy    2018/12/29 00:17  85    Editor: hr     

Baghdad today – Baghdad

A member of the House of Representatives Magda Tamimi, on Saturday morning (29 December 2018), that Iraq will borrow, according to the draft federal budget law for the year 2019, from 21 foreign parties.

“Borrowing in the 2019 budget from 21 third parties without domestic borrowing,” Tamimi said in a tweet through her Twitter account.

She added that “the Ministry of Electricity alone will borrow from 15 parties.”

She explained that the parties to borrow from the Ministry of Electricity: “14 of them external and only one domestic destination.”

“The 2019 budget is going in the wrong direction,” she said.

The House of Representatives is expected to resume its sessions after the New Year holiday, to pass the bill, which was returned by the government back to him, after making minor adjustments.

The Council had made 47 observations on the budget law prepared by the previous government, and sent back to the current Council of Ministers, for the purpose of amending.

Agenda of the visit of the Jordanian delegation to Baghdad today

Release Date: 2018/12/28 9:14

(International: Euphrates News) Jordanian Prime Minister, Omar al-Razzaz, begins a visit to Iraq today, headed by a large ministerial delegation.
During the visit, Al-Razzaz will meet with his Iraqi counterpart Adil Abdul-Mahdi to discuss the future of cooperation in various political and economic fields, in the interests of the two countries. 
Al-Razzaz and the accompanying ministerial delegation are also holding extensive discussions with the Iraqi side to discuss ways of achieving economic integration between the two countries, increasing the volume of trade exchange, consensus on the procedures of trade lines, completing the construction of the oil pipeline and oil imports. Of expertise and competencies, and other fields. 
The Jordanian delegation includes ministers of municipal affairs, transport, finance, industry, trade and supply, the state for information affairs, energy and mineral wealth, telecommunications and information technology.
The visit comes within the framework of the Jordanian government’s efforts to expand the horizons of cooperation and exchange with neighboring countries, thus contributing to supporting the national economy and enabling it to overcome challenges and self-reliance.

Political analyst: Pompeo’s visit to Baghdad next month to correct the Trump error


Editorial Date: 2018/12/28 7:20 
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Baghdad next month to correct the visit of President Donald Trump to Iraq on Wednesday.
“The visit of Trump is a new crisis in the Iraqi scene and it is very difficult to get a vote on the decision to withdraw in parliament for many reasons,” said Wathiq al-Hashemi. 
“There are no US forces in Iraq, they are advisers and trainers in the military bases in Iraq and they are in Erbil and another in Qayyarah in Mosul and found a decision from former Prime Minister Haider Abadi to achieve balance with the Kurds so that there is no pressure from them.” 
He pointed out that “the trainers and advisers came to Iraq after the request of the Iraqi government as international aid after the fall of the city of Mosul, the hands of gangs, calling the terrorist and this order of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and a letter from Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari,” stressing “we want to protect Iraqi interests and this starts from loyalty to the homeland Not to other countries. “
He pointed out that “Trump’s visit violated all the diplomatic norms of the State is a member of the Security Council and enter the airspace and visit one of the sites of Iraq, a violation of sovereignty.” Surprisingly, “Zebari’s position in justification of the right to visit the head of state has troops in it.” 
Al-Hashemi noted that “the statement of the Office of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on the visit is a great contradiction because of the political pressure on him, although he refused to hold a meeting with Trump at the base of Assad,” noting that “Pompeo’s visit to Baghdad next month is a correction to the fault Trump visit.” 
He added that “the Kurdistan region and specifically Barzani addressed the American side and President Trump and his deputy Bens on the referendum, but they warned of the consequences of a serious referendum for the secession of the province and already ended Barzani’s resignation from the presidency of the region,” noting that “the Kurds have long been a victim in the major agreements and the latest in Syria.”
“Trump’s policy is unclear, and there are internal and external problems,” he said. “Trump’s visit, despite its negative in terms of the petrochemical aspect, carries a message of support for Iraq by announcing Trump not to withdraw from Iraq, which is implicit messages to Iran that the United States remains in the region.” 
“Trump may dismantle and weaken the United States because of his policy, criticizing it,” he said, describing his trip to Iraq in a Hollywood way with a strange description of his fear of the First Lady and his national security adviser. “He came in an oppressed plane and other details. He said they were not the policeman to protect the world. Of the United States “. 
“Trump did not say that he will use Iraq to strike other countries, but he said to strike a preacher, Iraq has an alliance with the United States not to have foreign troops on the ground, but only the use of air travel,” stressing “