Hakim discusses with US official the need for presence of foreign forces and bases in Iraq

12:56 – 10/03/2019

Baghdad Mawazine News 

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Head of the Coalition for Reform and Reconstruction Ammar al-Hakim discussed with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Beck and US Charge d’affaires the bilateral relations between Baghdad and Washington and the latest developments in the political situation in the US bases in Iraq.

“We stressed the importance of activating the strategic cooperation agreement between Iraq and the United States in its cultural, economic and educational aspects as well as the security aspects. We also reaffirmed our commitment to the vision of the Iraqi government in determining the need for the presence of foreign forces and bases on Iraqi soil,” the statement said. .

He called the wise to “adopt dialogue to resolve all disputes between countries in the region to achieve stability in the Middle East.”




Central Bank Governor: Funds available but (scared)!

The governor of the Central Bank Ali al-Alaq, that Iraq has the fundamentals and ways of success of the economic environment, stressing the availability of funds, but (reluctant) to enter the labor market.

Al-Alak said during his participation in the forum Sulaymaniyah: “From the economic vision there is no problem in the availability of opportunities for all sectors in Iraq to work and investment, noting: The money exists but hesitant and afraid to enter the work environment and investment ,.

  He pointed out that this is the responsibility of political and government leaders to provide the appropriate conditions and prepare them to attract these investments.


Minister of Industry of Sulaymaniyah: The Iraqi government is moving towards foreign investment with all countries of the world

Minister of Industry of Sulaymaniyah: The Iraqi government is moving towards foreign investment with all countries of the world and call on American and Western companies to enter the Iraqi market and the establishment of real investments and serious  The Minister of Industry and Minerals, Dr. Saleh Abdullah Al-Jubouri, said during a dialogue session within the framework of the Sixth International Sulaymaniyah Forum, the Iraqi government’s approach to opening up to foreign investment and establishing relations based on mutual benefit with neighboring countries, regional countries and other countries in all economic sectors. And the presence of a number of MPs and government figures participating in the forum and a gathering of interested and specialists from different countries of the world .

Al-Jabouri said in response to a question about the conclusion of bilateral agreements with other countries that the doors of Iraq are open to all neighboring countries and other countries of the world to establish economic relations on the basis of mutual interest and mutual benefit at all levels and sectors . That Iraq has not felt any seriousness by the American and Western companies in the conclusion of agreements and contracts of partnership and investment, despite the fact that Iraq has recovered and enjoy the security and stability today and has the potential and the great wealth that can be activated through the exclusion Marat real and serious, calling on American and Western companies to enter the Iraqi market promising and joint work in the reconstruction of liberated areas and sectors of electricity, oil and industry and various economic sectors and sectors .


Revealing the agreements that Ruhani will sign in Baghdad

Date of release: 2019/3/9 20:58

(International: Al Furat News) Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi announced that the visit of his country’s president, Hassan Rowhani, to Iraq would include signing a number of agreements between Iran and Iraq.

“Among the agreements to be signed is the railway between Khorramshahr and Basra, as well as the agreement on the establishment and development of industrial cities, as well as the entry visas for the two countries,” Masjedi said at a memorial ceremony in Baghdad commemorating the martyrdom of Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim. Customs issues and cooperation in the health and medical fields. ”

“President Rohani’s visit to Iraq will enhance relations between the two countries in all political, economic, cultural and social fields,” Masjedi said.

“It is expected that the volume of trade between the two countries in the next few years will reach 20 billion dollars annually,” pointing out that “the volume of this exchange is currently 13 billion dollars.”

“More than 40 Iranian exhibitions will be set up in various fields in Iraq until the end of March 2020,” he said.

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani is scheduled to head to Baghdad next Monday for an official invitation from President Barham Salih.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Baghdad this evening for a spiritual visit


A Peshmerga delegation visits Baghdad

Editorial date: 2019/3/9 20:42 

(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) A delegation from the Ministry of Peshmerga in the Kurdistan region to Baghdad; to discuss the mechanism of paying the salaries of the Peshmerga forces.
“A committee from the ministry will soon go to Baghdad to discuss the mechanism of spending 68 billion dinars as salaries to the Peshmerga,” General Jabbar al-Yawar, secretary-general of the Peshmerga ministry, told a news briefing. 
He added that “the committee will discuss officials in Baghdad on the mechanism of sending and distributing salaries of the Peshmerga,” wondering, “Does Baghdad require lists of Peshmerga monthly, or is there another mechanism to pay salaries?” 
According to Article 10 of the Budget Law, Baghdad sends 454 billion dinars to employees and 68 billion dinars to the Peshmerga as salaries, in addition to the United States grant to the Peshmerga, which is 24 billion dinars.

Source: Abdul Mahdi visits the Kurdistan region

Revision date: 2019/3/9 19:29

(Baghdad: al-Furat News) A government source in the Kurdistan region, it is scheduled that Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, the visit to the region.

“According to the program, Abdul Mahdi will visit the region soon,” a source in the Kurdistan Regional Council said.

He added that “according to information, the parties participating in the new government, in particular the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, want to find a solution to the problems between them before the visit of Abdul Mahdi to talk to him according to one package.”

The source did not specify the date of the visit but said it would be close.

This is the first visit by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to the Kurdistan region since he took over as prime minister last October


Parliament holds the first meeting outside the Green and discusses the fight against corruption in the presence of Abdul Mahdi (expanded)

Release date: 19/19/2019

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The House of Representatives held its first session of the second semester of the first legislative year in the fourth electoral cycle under the chairmanship of Mohammed al-Halbusi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, on Saturday, the presence of 285 deputies, and hosting the presidents of the Republic and the government and the Supreme Judicial Council to discuss anti-corruption mechanisms, In this regard.

A statement by the Information Department of the Council, received the agency {Euphrates News} copy of it, that, at the outset of the meeting welcomed the President of the Council deputies on the occasion of the start of the second legislative session, noting that the government sent 13 draft laws for approval, calling for speed legislation and efforts to serve Sons of the Iraqi people.

On the other hand, Hussein Jassem was sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives after the deputies agreed to add this paragraph to the agenda.

The council was hosted by Barham Saleh, President of the Republic, Adel Abdul Mahdi, Prime Minister, Faiq Zaidan, Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Ezzat Tawfiq, Chairman of the Integrity Commission, and Salah Nouri, Head of the Supreme Audit Bureau.

At the beginning of the hospitality, Halaboussi welcomed the Speaker of the House of Representatives to attend the first session of the legislative term of the Council.

On the occasion of the start of the second legislative term, the President of the Republic read a speech in which he praised the important and vital role of the Council of Representatives and the members of the Council to promote the work of the institution, which is the foundation of the constitutional system and representing the people, expressing his wishes to exert efforts and more work to express the aspirations of the people and his desire for the Council With its legislative and oversight functions.

Saleh stressed the importance of making radical and serious reforms, some of which are too late, including reconstruction, services and fighting corruption. He said that the victory over the organization of the terrorist advocate is important, but the victory must be established and dedicated, especially as the threat of terrorism is still present.

He stressed the importance of supporting the government and overcoming all difficulties in front of it to play its vital role in building and reconstruction, maintaining security and expressing the unified foreign policy. He pointed out the need to complete the government cab and start combating corruption. The most dangerous responsibility, which is no less important than the fight against terrorism, pointing out that corruption, such as terrorism, hinders construction and development, which requires the creation of important legislation to recover smuggled and stolen money and strengthen work between the Council of Representatives and the government and the judiciary.

Saleh called for activating the supervisory role according to liberal principles. He pointed out that the government has the responsibility to limit weapons within the authorized bodies and to support its procedures in this mission to achieve security and stimulate investors to build the country and provide job opportunities and consolidate the infrastructure and create an ideal investment environment. Because of terrorism and the return of displaced people and the quest to rehabilitate and build Basra to eliminate unemployment.

The President of the Republic stressed the importance of caring for and securing the rights of the families of the martyrs, expressing his intention to benefit from the constitutional powers to submit draft laws, including the fair families of the martyrs of Spyker and settle the file of the city of Kirkuk, pointing out that the major transformations require responsibility and keep away from narrow debates, especially that the House of Representatives Is capable of achieving a breakthrough in this regard.

The council then discussed the unification of efforts between the authorities to combat administrative and financial corruption.

He pointed out that Iraq has suffered during the past years from terrorism and corruption, noting that the Iraqis have managed to defeat terrorism by their unity and it is time to stand up against corruption, which represents the second scourge that destroys state institutions, calling for national effort and integrated people and unite efforts among all authorities for Eliminate corruption.

For his part, the Prime Minister stressed in his speech during the hosting that corruption has a devastating impact on development and investment, pointing out that the government has taken steps to take measures to promote integrity and fight corruption, pointing out that the size and consequences of corruption are serious as they undermine state institutions and delayed development and reconstruction and helped the growth Terrorism and spread, noting that the accumulation of causes of corruption since the previous decades and the economic blockade and some of the wrong policies followed contributed to the spread of corruption.

He pointed out that the government takes steps at the preventive and deterrent levels by providing support to the SAIs, especially the Integrity Commission and the Financial Control Bureau, to provide them with technical and financial assistance and to review their policies in line with the current stage and assign ministries and entities not related to the development of programs and action plans. Through regulatory bodies.

Abdul-Mahdi said that the government has started preparing a comprehensive national strategy to combat corruption with the participation of ministries and government bodies where both the Integrity Commission and the Financial Control Bureau intend to submit the preliminary draft, calling on the deputies to participate in the maturation of the strategy, pointing to the start of the government to implement plans to recover looted money abroad .

The Prime Minister pointed out that the activation of the Supreme Council for Combating Corruption is an extension of the work of the Council, which was established in 2007 and carried another name to coordinate between the anti-corruption agencies and unify their efforts and coordination between the executive and legislative to produce the results of a unified policy and coordinated to combat corruption, Is not a substitute for the competent agencies to combat corruption, stressing that the government will address the file of oil smuggling and border crossings, especially in the province of Nineveh as well as other provinces, stressing that the fight against corruption has become the issue of state and people, which requires successful plans to reach the results Positive.

For his part, the Speaker of the House of Representatives confirmed the Council’s intention to activate the supervisory and legislative role to combat corruption, noting that the Council is ready to receive draft laws that the government wishes to consider in order to amend them, which contributes to the fight against corruption.

The deputies’ interventions focused on the importance of raising the political cover of the corrupt and unifying the regulatory bodies in a single formation, which is legislated through the parliament, restructuring the institutions concerned with fighting corruption, providing the legal environment to fight corruption, reviewing the culture of integrity as well as calling for the formation of a competent court similar to the criminal court to punish the spoilers With the importance of activating the law of public prosecution.

The interventions stressed the importance of establishing the Higher Construction Council, focusing on the corruption files in Nineveh governorate to avoid re-producing an appropriate environment for terrorist organizations, reactivating the large contracts committee and adopting the principle of transparency to help regulatory institutions perform their duties. Of the regulatory bodies and the preparation of programs by the Ministries of Education to be a study,

The interventions focused on the importance of disengaging the offices of inspectors general from the ministries to be far from partisan and that the measures taken are quick to fight corruption as well as the need to resolve the names of the head of the Integrity Commission and the head of the Financial Control Bureau in addition to stopping the release of those who proved misappropriation of public funds, Combating corruption in a secret and not public way to ensure the functioning of the system as well as activating the system of electronic governance to reduce the channels of corruption and work to form a security force to implement the judicial sentences, according to the government program, and to choose 100 personalities known for courage and efficiency Integrity and distribution among the provinces with the necessary protection and powers and allocations to them.

For his part, the Supreme Judicial Council Chairman Faqih Zaidan solutions to address the issue of administrative corruption, including the need for legislative intervention by the House of Representatives to give the integrity of the issues of corruption and leave the other courts responsible for issues related to minor crimes and reconsider the drafting of government contracts and mechanisms and criteria for the selection of candidates For special grades and respect for specialization in judicial cases, stressing the keenness of the judiciary to combat corruption in all its forms.

In turn, demanded Judge Izzat Tawfiq, head of the integrity of the agency to review the total files on corruption, noting that the Integrity Commission working on the files of real estate and border crossings and legislation of the law Where do you have this? Smuggled money and dilapidated projects, urging the House of Representatives to review the laws that were the cause of weak anti-corruption.

For his part, Salah Nouri, head of the Financial Control Bureau, said the SAI has started following up and auditing the pensions and taking the necessary measures to follow the mechanisms of supervision and address many obstacles, including the shortage of general managers.

In his response to the interventions of the deputies, Adel Abdul Mahdi, Prime Minister, started the implementation of contracts in coordination with the Ministry of Planning and opened channels with the Anti-Corruption Council to receive information from the complainants without resorting to bureaucratic methods, noting the Anti-Corruption Council held several meetings focused on addressing the work of the Inspector General and Serious mechanisms to deal with various corruption files in all governorates.

He pointed to the urgent need for the cooperation of the three authorities (legislative, executive and judicial) to win the trust of the people, urging not to rely on oil as a single source of income, but to diversify sources to support the Financial resources, calling for the development and diversification of investment opportunities through the creation of an appropriate environment.

The Prime Minister said that the positive coordination between the House of Representatives and the government will achieve fruitful results and productive for the benefit of the people at this sensitive stage, noting that the government completed the final accounts for all financial budgets except in 2014 because of lack of financial budget and then seek to submit those accounts to the House soon after The opinion is settled.

For his part, the Speaker of the House of Representatives expressed the readiness of the Council to make amendments to any law that contributes to the fight against corruption, especially the decisions issued by the dissolved Revolutionary Command Council, calling on the Prime Minister to send the names of candidates for the post of Chairman of the Integrity Commission and the President of the Office of Financial Supervision and their deputies to the House of Representatives within a month.

The Council voted on a parliamentary decision stating that “the government should rely on Article 5 {a} and {b} of the Federal Budget Law to provide the necessary funds to support the judiciary and provide all necessary requirements to strengthen anti-corruption measures, For the prosecution.

The Council also voted in principle to abolish the offices of the inspectors and activate the role of the prosecution.

The President pointed out that the House of Representatives will take upon itself to amend the law of the offices of the inspectors general, or canceled, directed the Finance Committee to host the border crossing points in order to identify the reasons for non-application of tariff customs sometimes in the Kurdistan region and the ports of Basra.

It was then decided to adjourn the meeting until Monday, 11/3/2019


Zarif in Baghdad and Rouhani arrive tomorrow and meet with Imam al-Sistani

Date of release: 2019/3/9 15:38 
(AFP) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he would visit Baghdad on Saturday evening.
Zarif said during a speech at the 16th anniversary of the martyrdom of Ayatollah Muhammad Baqir al – Hakim {Jerusalem secret} that he will visit Baghdad this evening to start preparations for a visit by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani , to Iraq. ” 
For his part, the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, Rohani “will meet during the visit, the supreme religious authority Grand Ayatollah Imam Ali al-Sistani,” 
and that Rohani “will meet during his visit to Iraq, which lasted three days, with senior officials in Iraq and also with the Supreme Reference.” 
He added that “one of the most important goals The official visit of the President of the Islamic Republic to Iraq, discussed ways to strengthen Relations between the two countries in the political, economic and cultural fields. “
“The current issues between the two countries in the fields of energy, the 1975 agreement and the issue of water and visas will be among the most important topics for Dr. Ruhani’s talks with Iraqi officials,” Masjedi said. 
He noted that “one of the most important programs of a spiritual visit to Iraq is also to hold talks with various Iraqi officials and visit the holy sites.” 
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Iraq on January 13 and met with Iraqi officials in Baghdad, as well as visiting the cities of Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Karbala and Najaf. 
Rohani is due to arrive in Baghdad on Sunday afternoon at the head of a high-level delegation.