Iraqi PM Abdul-Mahdi hosts KRG PM Barzani for first time in Baghdad

By Rudaw yesterday at 02:41
Adil Abdul-Mahdi (right), the premier of Iraq, hosts Kurdistan Regional Government PM Nechirvan Barzani in Baghdad on February 7, 2019. Photo: Rudaw TV
Adil Abdul-Mahdi (right), the premier of Iraq, hosts Kurdistan Regional Government PM Nechirvan Barzani in Baghdad on February 7, 2019. Photo: Rudaw TV

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi hosted Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) PM Nechirvan Barzani in Baghdad on Thursday.

This was Barzani’s first meeting with Abdul-Mahdi since the latter became prime minister last year.

The meeting got off to a cordial start. They were relaxed and laughing while chatting in front of the cameras before going behind closed doors.

Barzani thanked Abdul-Mahdi “for his efforts towards improving relations” between their two governments, according to a statement from the KRG.

Relations between Erbil and Baghdad have improved dramatically since Abdul-Mahdi took the helm. The Iraqi parliament approved its 2019 budget with Kurdish backing and the Peshmerga and Iraqi army are in talks to conduct joint patrols in the disputed areas – two issues that have been major points of animosity.

Barzani said that the KRG is ready to continue talks and resolve their problems.

This “spirit of cooperation” between the federal and regional government is important for the program of Abdul-Mahdi’s government, his office stated in its own readout.

Iraq’s Minister of Finance Fuad Hussein, Minister of Oil Thamer al-Ghadhban, and National Security Advisor Falih al-Fayadh were also in attendance, as was KRG Minister of the Interior Karim Sinjari.


US Army: We created an environment suitable for investment companies in liberated areas in Iraq


On Friday, Operation Determined Steel published a detailed report on its military operations against a militant organization in Iraq, asserting that it aims to create an environment for investment companies in liberated areas.
“Solid momentum has supported the efforts of the joint forces in order to bring about a decisive earthquake in certain parts of Iraq and Syria, and to create the conditions for the inevitable defeat of the fragile Middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria between 20 and 27 January 2019.”
“The local police forces in Baghdad and Diyala have intensified the targeting of those wanted by the arrest warrants, resulting in the arrest of 11 alleged terrorists and associates of Badash,” she said, noting that “Baghdad police forces through the method of targeting those wanted Which is developed through the Alliance’s training program, is one of the basic skills in collecting and managing information, as well as gathering evidence to support investigations with a view to prosecuting the perpetrators in a correct manner. “
The Iraqi police forces continue to improve their capacity to enforce Iraqi religious laws. Since its establishment in June 2015, police have trained more than 26,000 police officers from local and federal police. In 2019, the Iraq Police Training Force will change its approach to a training program aimed at supporting the self-sustainability of the Iraqi police force, according to the “Solid Determination” report.
“The Baghdad Operations Command also issued a statement announcing the opening of Al Rashid Street for the first time in 15 years.
In addition, Iraqi security forces destroyed more than 430 improvised explosive devices through road clearance patrols.Joint Task Force – Solid Steel and Iraqi Security Forces conducted more than 65 missions for coordinated raids that destroyed weapons caches and Okara for Daish and led to the exclusion of many members of the organization from the battlefield.
“This is certainly a positive step, as the Government of Iraq continues to take steps to bring about meaningful improvements that will attract the much-needed investment in reconstruction projects in all of Iraq,” said Maj. Gen. Christopher Gaica, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Strategic and Information Affairs in Solid Steel. Across Iraq “.
On January 25, the 7th Iraqi Army Division carried out clearance operations in the al-Jazira area to deny a safe-haven organization in safe havens. During the decommissioning operations, the 7th Iraqi Army Division found an improvised explosive device factory and confiscated quantities of explosives materials.
“The Iraqi security forces are doing a great job by carrying out missions in some areas that are difficult to reach in order to move the battle to Dahesh,” said Brigadier General Dick Thomson, the US Army’s deputy commander in Joint Operations Command – Iraq. They are present in harsh and remote conditions. The Iraqi army shows impressive flexibility and determination. The implementation of these decontamination operations has a significant impact on the enemy in terms of continuing to exert pressure on him and deprive him of his vital capabilities. “
The process of solid resolve is the military name of the US military intervention against the organization of a preacher in Iraq and Syria. Since August 21, 2016, the US Army’s 18th Corps was in charge of joint task force – the solid torque process