President of the Republic stresses the need to end the crises suffered by Iraq over the decades through the rebuilding of the current political system and reform and to restore citizens ‘ confidence in the government. This came during his speech at the events of the Rafidain International Forum on Monday, 4-2-2019.

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President of the Republic approves the Federal Budget Law for the current year. He stressed the need to provide basic services to citizens, and start the stage of construction and reconstruction, valuing the efforts that contributed to the preparation of the draft budget and study and legislation, whether in the government or the House of Representatives.

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PM Barzani stresses financial coordination with United States



By Rudaw 1 hour ago

PM Barzani stresses financial coordination with United States
KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani welcomes Marshall Billingslea, the US Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, to Erbil on February 4, 2019. Photo: KRG
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) explained how critical Erbil can be in the fight against extremism in the financial sector in a meeting with a top US Department of Treasury official.

KRG Premier Nechirvan Barzani hosted US Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea in Erbil on Monday.

“They discussed regional situations, attempts to have coordination between the KRG, Iraqi government and coalition countries especially the US in order to eradicate violence and eliminate financial resources of extremist groups,” read a statement from Barzani’s office.

The meeting also focused on the Kurdistan Region’s desire to grow and diversify away from its petroleum dependency.
“His Excellency Nechirvan Barzani thanked the past and current aid of the US to the Kurdistan Region and stressed that Kurdistan Region’s market will have a special significance for the development of Iraq’s economy,” read the KRG statement.

US trade delegations make regular trips to the Kurdistan Region.

“[Barzani] also said that it is KRG’s policy to support the private sector and draw foreign investors and they need the help of their friends in this regard,” the statement added.

Reducing corruption and barriers to entry for American companies has been a goal of Washington.

Billingslea “expressed his country’s readiness to assist Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in the area of strengthening their economic infrastructure and reforming governmental institutions,” added the KRG statement.

Trump is set to deliver a State of the Union Address on Tuesday that could affect aid coming to Iraq, as Trump increasingly pursues policies that rely less on intelligence and diplomatic assets and the US military on the ground.

The Kurdistan Region historically has welcomed a Western and American presence, believing it to be a bulwark against any possible action by Baghdad, Ankara, or Tehran.

Author and media: Five American bases built in the region after the signing of the security agreement

Release Date: 2019/2/4 23:50 
Baghdad: Al-Furat News} Writer and media writer Ali Abdul-Amir Al-Aboudi responded to a statement by a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party on the construction of US bases in the Kurdistan region before signing the strategic security agreement between Iraq and the United States.

“The building of (5) US bases in the Kurdistan region came after the signing of the security agreement between Iraq and America,” Al-Abboudi told the {Euphrates News}, calling on the Kurdish parties to “determine a respectable position and not stand in the middle.” 
A member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Ali al-Faily, told (the Euphrates News) that the federal government is aware of the establishment of US bases in the Kurdistan region before signing the strategic security agreement between Iraq and the United States of America. 
He added that “the Kurds tend to the Americans and with those who are in their interest with him,” noting that “US President Donald Trump confirmed in his statement that the survival of US forces in Iraq to strike Syria and spying on Iran, knowing that those who dropped Iraq, however, calling the terrorist are the Americans.”
Aboudi, “the best evidence of this Trump statement when running elections that Hillary Clinton is the one who made a call to enter Iraq,” noting that “who addressed to the Da’ash are the factions of the resistance and not the Americans.” 
The slave said that “the former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the former Haider Abadi and current Adel Abdul Mahdi, all confirmed that the US forces stationed in Iraq are advisers and trainers,” and wondered “if the elite forces (commandos) strength trained by the {1000} coach why the Iraqi forces trained With (6) thousands of American coaches? ” 
“The Americans did not sign to stay in Iraq, but an agreement was signed on their exit from Iraqi territory, and it is very shameful to distance ourselves from a big mistake.”


Abdul Mahdi, Putin’s envoy to Iraq’s desire for economic cooperation and development of oil fields


 money and business

Economy News _ Baghdad

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mehdi on Monday expressed Iraq’s desire to expand cooperation relations in the economic and investment fields and develop oil and gas fields with Russia. 
“Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi received today the Special Envoy of the Russian President to the Middle East, the African countries and the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia and his accompanying delegation Bogdanov, who conveyed the greetings of the Russian President and the Prime Minister of Russia,” a statement from his media office said. To the sovereignty and renewal of the support of the Russian leadership of the Iraqi government and the desire to develop relations between the two countries in all fields. ” 
“He expressed his pride in the relations between the two countries and the two peoples, and thanked Russia’s support for Iraq,” stressing that “Iraq’s keenness to expand relations of cooperation in the economic and investment and development of oil and gas fields.”
He praised the “Russian role and balanced relations that contribute to strengthening security and stability efforts in the region.” 
“The meeting also discussed the holding of the next session of the joint Iraqi-Russian government committee and the developments in the region,” the statement said. 
“The meeting was attended by the Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yixi Solomatyn, the President of the Union of Russian Oil and Gas Producers Yuri Shafranik, the Director General of Soyuz Naft Gas, Ghazi Gochitel, the Russian Ambassador to Iraq Maxime Maksimov, Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban, Undersecretary of Foreign Minister Nizar al-Khairallah, Iraqi Ambassador in Moscow Haider al-Athari, and a number of advisers. “


Kuwaiti newspaper: Iraq paid Kuwait $ 300 million


 money and business

Economy News _ Baghdad

The Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai reported on Monday that Iraq has paid 300 million dollars to Kuwait

The newspaper said that “Iraq finally paid Kuwait $ 300 million in payment of a series of compensation owed by Baghdad to Kuwait for the losses and damage suffered by individuals, companies, government and international organizations as a result of the Gulf War.”

The UN Commission on Compensation for the Damages of the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait has obliged Baghdad to pay $ 4.6 billion in cash, but these payments have been suspended since October 2014 due to security challenges and budgetary problems faced by Iraq, but the payment was resumed at 0.5 percent of Iraq’s revenues Starting from 2018, and will increase annually until the end of 2021, by 300 million dollars every three months.


Iraqi parliament’s policy fails to hold a session to “end” the US presence amid conflicting statements by his presidency

Iraq's parliament fails to hold a session to "end" the US presence amid conflicting statements by his presidency
 Twilight News    
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The failure of the House of Representatives to mobilize members to hold an emergency meeting discuss the end of the US presence through military bases inside Iraq. 
This comes at a time of conflicting positions within the Council, on the law of the removal of US forces, until it reached a difference in the positions of the President of the Council Mohammed Halbusi and his deputy Hassan al-Kaabi, especially after the confirmation of US President Donald Trump, the survival of its forces in Iraq; 
Parliament Speaker Mohamed Halboussi said that Iraq still needs the efforts of the international community in the fight against terrorism, which is contrary to the position of Hassan al-Kaabi, his deputy for the alliance of others. 
Halaboussi said that his country still needs the efforts of the international community in the fight against terrorism and to fulfill its obligations to Iraq and support his government. 
Al-Halbusi said that the Iraqi parliament will work in coordination with Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to know the actual need for foreign forces.
It comes hours after US President Donald Trump announced the maintenance of a US military base in Iraq so Washington could watch Iran. 
“One of the reasons we want to keep US troops is because we want to watch Iran somehow because Iran is a real problem,” Trump said in an interview with CBS. 
Despite the speaker’s speech, which appeared less severe, but a member of the Presidency of the House of Representatives Hassan al-Kaabi, said in a statement: “We deplore US President Donald Trump’s statement on the extension of the US presence in Iraq, and justified by monitoring neighboring countries.” 
He added: “Everyone has the responsibility to act urgently; to end the US presence, and not to allow Iraq to be a launching pad for aggression or control of any state.”
He stressed that “the House of Representatives will work during the next legislative term, to enact a law that includes the termination of the security agreement with America, as well as the termination of the presence of trainers and advisers American and foreign military in Iraqi territory.”

Maliki and Talabani agree on a “common factor” to establish a “new phase” in Iraq

Maliki and Talabani agree on a "common factor" to establish a "new phase" in Iraq
 Twilight News    
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“The head of the coalition of state law, Nuri al – Maliki, received in his office, Monday, the deputy head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Kebad Talabani and the delegation accompanying him.

During the meeting, they discussed all the issues on the political and security scene, and the ongoing dialogues in the Kurdistan Region to form a regional government, according to a statement by Maliki’s office.

“The two sides exchanged views on the political situation and the need to find a common understanding that brings together the political forces, in order to establish a new phase, which is one of its components political and security stability,” according to the statement.

Headed by the Speaker of the Jordanian Parliament .. An official delegation to visit Baghdad on Tuesday



04-02-2019 05:45 PM
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Head of the Jordanian House of Representatives Atef Al-Tarawneh heads an official delegation to Baghdad on Tuesday for an official visit at the invitation of his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed Halboussi.
Al-Tarawneh heads a parliamentary delegation representing blocs and committees of the Council on a two-day working visit, during which he will meet the President of the Republic of Iraq Barham Salih, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed Halbusi and heads of Iraqi parliamentary blocs.

During the visit, Al-Tarawneh will discuss ways to strengthen Jordanian-Iraqi parliamentary action, unify the positions of the two councils in the Arab and international federations, and use their positions to serve Arab causes, especially the Palestinian cause.
The delegation includes representatives of the President of the Council of Representatives, Head of the Modernity and Development Bloc Mazin Al-Qadi, Head of the Justice Bloc Mujahid Al-Saqqour, Head of the Future Bloc Ahmad Al-Safadi, Chairman of the Legal Committee Abdel Moneim Al-Oudat, Chairman of the Committee on Economy and Investment Khair Abu Saeilek, Chairman of the Jordanian-Iraqi Brothers Committee, Aziz Al-Obaidi, member of the Public Services and Transport Committee, Mustafa Al-Assaf, member of the Agriculture and Water Committee, Tariq Khoury, Chairman of the Jordanian-Syrian Brothers Committee, Deputy Chairman of the Youth and Sports Committee, and the Chairperson of the Jordanian Parliamentarians’ Forum Sabah Al-Sha’ar.

Halabousi discusses with Kubad strengthening cooperation between the center and the region


Release date: 2019/2/4 18:49
(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) President of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halabousi discussed with the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Kurdistan Region, Qubad Talabani, to strengthen cooperation between the Center and the region.
This came during a meeting at his office in Baghdad on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region, Qubad Talabani and his accompanying delegation. 
He added that “during the meeting discussed the current political and security situation in the country, ways to strengthen cooperation between the Center and the region, as well as discuss a number of topics of common interest, and emphasize the need to resolve outstanding problems in accordance with the Constitution.”