Sources: US ambassador asked Halabousi not to present the “law to remove foreign troops” from Iraq


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The US ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Soliman, has asked Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halboussi not to pass the law to remove foreign troops from Iraq, according to informed political sources, noting that “Halabousi gave verbal approval to the ambassador.”

“The US is planning to keep its troops in Iraq for as long as possible,” the sources told The Journal News. “The visit of US President Donald Trump was for that reason, and he announced that he was not considering taking US troops out of Iraq and using it as a key base.”

“The American ambassador told Halaboussi that the US embassy is closely monitoring the political process in Iraq and has followed up the reactions after Trump’s visit to the Ain al-Assad base and his attempt to meet Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi,” she said.

The draft law provides for the removal of all foreign forces from Iraq, including the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the support of Iraqi forces, the formation of the Ministry of the Interior and popular mobilization factions, strengthening the capabilities of the air force and building air defense systems capable of securing the country and signing defense agreements with neighboring countries and friendly countries. , Without being mentioned.

It is worth mentioning that America introduced its military forces into Iraq in two stages. The first during the invasion of this country in 2003, and Washington was forced to withdraw its troops at the end of 2011, and in late 2008 an agreement called the “Strategic Framework Agreement” and included paragraphs allowing it to keep part of Forces in Iraq to train the military and security forces of the country.

After the terrorist organization Da’ash entered and occupied large areas of Iraq in June 2014, America took advantage of the opportunity to re-establish its military forces under the pretext of supporting it in the face of a “push” within the framework of the so-called “International Alliance” led by Washington.

dollar fell for the third day in a row

Dollar Falls for Third Day in a row
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The US dollar fell for a third straight day against rival currencies on Monday, as expectations grew that the US central bank will cut interest rates in the coming months.

Despite strong US jobs data in December last week, market watchers believe the world’s biggest economy is losing momentum, and comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell reinforced expectations that the central bank may adopt a more cautious outlook.

On Friday, Powell told the US Economic Association that the board does not adopt a predetermined path of interest rate increases and will take into account the downside risks the market takes into account.

The dollar index, which tracks the performance of the greenback against a basket of rival currencies, fell around 0.25 percent to 95.92, nearing a two-month low recorded last week.

The euro and the Australian dollar led the gains, and the latter benefited from news earlier this week that China had strengthened its stimulus policy.

Australia’s dollar, which is heavily affected by China, rose nearly 0.5 percent to $ 0.7140, while the US dollar rose 0.2 percent against the yuan in foreign trade to 6.8483 yuan.

Association of Iraqi Private Banks Holds the “Senior Office Management”



Economy News _ Baghdad

The Association of Iraqi Private Banks, in cooperation with the Center for Banking Studies at the Central Bank, held a training course on “Management of senior offices” at the headquarters of the Central Bank, with the participation of 35 trainees from Rafidain Bank, K-Card and the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.

“One of the objectives of the course is to highlight the challenges facing office managers by properly organizing the work of the administration as well as finding solutions to problems and uncertainties that may occur,” said Ahmed Al Hashemi, director of administration and training at the Association of Iraqi Private Banks. In offices, “adding that” the director of the office is no less important than the general manager because of all the work rests with the director of the office. “

Hashemi added that the training program will provide the latest developments in the work of the high offices of banks and how to upgrade the office work using the latest systems in place globally, noting that “the course lasts for three days.”

He pointed out that “the Association depends on the trainers with long experience and holders of international certificates.”

Barzani discussed with the US Consul several files, including the formation of the Kurdistan government

Barzani discussed with the US Consul several files, including the formation of the Kurdistan government
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The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Najran Barzani, received on Monday, the US Consul in the Kurdistan Region Steve Vakn and a delegation accompanying him.

During the meeting discussed the relations between the Kurdistan Region and the United States in the past and present and ways to strengthen them, in addition to the economic conditions of the Kurdistan Region and the situation of displaced persons and refugees in the province of Kurdistan.

Vakn expressed thanks for the assistance provided by the Kurdistan Regional Government for displaced persons and refugees. In this regard, he stressed the cooperation between Erbil, Baghdad and the international community.

During the meeting, he spoke about the political situation in the Kurdistan Region, where Najir Barzani highlighted the efforts to form a new government cab and the continuation of the reform process, and the latest developments in the relationship between Erbil and Baghdad.

Vakn highly valued the policy of the Kurdistan Regional Government to pay attention to the culture of coexistence and tolerance, thanking the institutions of the Kurdistan Regional Government for the assistance provided to the consulate of his country in Erbil.

The discussion on the Middle East and the latest developments in the region was discussed on the other side of the meeting.

Parliament reads the legal budget and amending the military service


_NEWS_DATE: 2019/1/7 16:45 
[Ayna – Baghdad]
The House of Representatives will read in its meeting on Tuesday, the law of the amendment of the service and military interaction chapter on the law of the general budget for the year 2019.
And included in the schedule of tomorrow’s meeting got the agency of all Iraq [where] a copy of it, the first reading of the proposal to amend the law of military service and retirement, and the first reading of the proposal to amend the law of service and retirement military forces of the internal security.
Parliament will debate the annotations to the General Budget Law of 2019.

Abdul Mahdi directed a major campaign to lift all the concrete barriers from Baghdad


Editorial date: 2019/1/7 17:04 
(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, the lifting of all the concrete barriers of the capital Baghdad.
“According to the Prime Minister’s instructions to remove all the concrete barriers from the capital, a major campaign has been launched to raise them from the most important areas,” the statement said. 
In another context, the Secretariat announced that “all completed residential shops complete infrastructure services within its plan for 2019.” 
Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi earlier ordered the removal of concrete barriers from the Green Zone and opening roads to citizens to ease traffic congestion.

The price of the dollar and the currencies in Baghdad today

Revision date: 2019/1/7 10:07

(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) Foreign currency markets in Baghdad, on Friday morning, stabilized the exchange rate of the US dollar against the Iraqi dinar.

The market price in the Kifah Exchange in Baghdad was 1900 dinars per dollar, or 119 thousand and 900 dinars per hundred dollars.

The prices of selling and buying dollars in banking companies were:

the selling price of one dollar 1205 dinars, or 120 thousand and 500 dinars for one hundred dollars.

The purchase price of the dollar is 1195 dinars, or 119 thousand and 500 dinars per hundred dollars.

Foreign Exchange Rates, Gold and Oil, {until the preparation of this news}:

EUR World Price: 100 Euro = 114.25 USD The

World Price: 100 Pounds = 127.55

Turkish Lira World Price: $ 100 = TRY


Brent crude oil price = $ 57.88 The

price of a barrel of US crude oil = $ 48.78

Jump oil prices

Release date: 2019/1/7 10:25

The price of oil jumped more than 1.5 percent on Monday, driven by optimism that talks in Beijing could end the US-China trade war, while crude also received support from supply cuts to a number of top producers.

Brent crude futures were $ 57.93 a barrel, up 87 cents, or 1.5 percent, from the previous close.

US West Texas Intermediate crude futures were $ 48.76 a barrel, up 80 cents, or 1.7 percent.

Financial markets saw a rally on Monday on expectations that direct trade negotiations between delegates from Washington and Beijing, starting on Monday, would ease tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

The United States and China have entered into a growing trade dispute since the beginning of 2018. Both have increased import duties on other goods. The dispute is negatively affecting economic growth.

Goldman Sachs said in a note today it had lowered its forecast for the average price of Brent crude for 2019 from $ 70 a barrel to $ 62.50 a barrel because of “the strongest adverse macroeconomic factors since 2015.”

JPMorgan said in a note last week that “the pace of global growth of three percent we expect for the next two quarters is increasingly challenging, apparently.”