Zarif fails to get Sistani’s support

BAGHDAD – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Baghdad on Monday for three nights in the Iraqi capital, where he failed to arrange a meeting with top Shi’ite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf.

The Iranian minister was due to head for Najaf after ending his talks in Baghdad, which arrived on Saturday night, but his visit to Najaf was abruptly canceled.

Iraqi political observers attributed Zarif’s failure to reach Sistani to the fact that Najaf’s reference was trying to distance itself from any developments between the United States and Iran.

Zarif announced from Baghdad that his country does not need Iraqi mediation with the United States, in response to the US Charge d’Affaires in Iraq, Joe Hood, who denied knowledge of the existence of any Iraqi mediation in the file of the crisis with Iran.

These cross-cutting declarations have embarrassed the Iraqi political parties, the US-Iran mediation file, as an opportunity to run away from the country’s persistent problems of street defiance of the government for its poor performance in the service portfolio.

Political sources in Baghdad said that Zarif had hoped to invest Sistani’s approval to receive Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, who visited Iraq mid-last month and visited the supreme authority of the Shiites of Iraq and the world of the Twelve at his home in Najaf.

Tehran is counting on the support Sistani can offer in confronting the United States, at the media level, and at least among Shiite Muslims.

The reformist wing of Rohani and Zarif is locked in a fierce power struggle with the hard wing led by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and supported by most of the generals of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which the United States has designated a terrorist organization.

Experts believe that Sistani’s support may be crucial to swaying the reformist trend, but warn that the administration’s pressure on the Iranian regime may push everyone in Tehran to the brink of militancy.

Sistani’s reception of Rohani at the time was a reference to the position of the supreme authority, which refuses to accept any Iraqi official for years, because of rampant corruption and poor performance of official institutions.

“It was necessary for Sharif to know Iraqi politicians their true size for the conflict, so they were slapped when they were denied the process of mediating between Tehran and Washington,” said an Iraqi political observer.

The observer asked in a statement to “Arabs” who has such a task must be qualified and acceptable to both parties. As far as Iran and the United States are concerned, Iraq is too weak to suggest anything to them as they take care of its affairs. “If the acting US ambassador is lightly denied, Zarif’s denial will have a heavy impact, leading to consequences for the warlords to take advantage of the government’s vulnerability,” he said.

He expected Sistani not to be part of an internal Iranian conflict that could erupt between hardliners and reformists on the grounds of accepting or refusing to negotiate with the United States. Although he received Rouhani, he did not accept him as a reformer but as president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is Sistani one of its citizens. His reluctance to welcome Zarif reflects a cautious stance on what is happening in Iran from an unspoken difference of opinion among the parties to the regime.

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he Secretariat of the Council of Ministers denies setting the Eid holiday


Editorial date: 2019/5/27 21:40

{Baghdad: Al-Furat News} A source in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers denied the date of the official holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

“The holiday of Eid al-Fitr has not yet been determined, which is premature,” the source said in a press statement.

He stressed that “no official statement has not been issued on this.”

The official Iraqi News Agency (INA) has quoted a source in the secretariat of the Council of Ministers as saying today that the Eid holiday “will begin on Tuesday of next week.”

The Peshmerga and the International Alliance are talking about the growing movements of the daisy in the disputed

2019/05/27 13:04:03

The International Alliance and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces said on Monday that the movement of armed militants is calling for sleep and causing fear and anxiety in a number of areas in Iraq.

A joint meeting of the two sides, under the supervision of Acting Peshmerga Minister Karim Sinjari, reviewed the report of the Operations and Intelligence Room on the situation of different regions of Iraq, the disputed areas and the movements of a sympathetic organization.

The report pointed to the growing movements of Dahesh and the large economic losses inflicted on the people, which pose a threat to the security of the region.

The meeting also said that with the exception of the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the training of the Peshmerga forces by the coalition forces will continue permanently.

In another part of the meeting, the two sides touched on the situation in Syria and the last hours of the end of the influence of the Dahesh in that country.

The meeting comes at a time when the forces of the organization is urging the recent increase in movements in the vicinity of Kirkuk and Khanqin, which created a state of anxiety and fear among the people of those areas.

Parliamentary Finance intends to open the file “Master Card” in Parliament session

27/05/2019 08:50 PM

Al-Ahed News – Baghdad

The Finance Committee of the Parliament, on Monday, its intention to open the file of MasterCard cards for employees after the Eid and discussed with the competent authorities, indicating that these cards caused delays in the payment of salaries and the deduction of large sums of staff.

  “The mastercard file of the state employees is on the table of the Finance Committee and is about to open after the Eid,” said Siham Shannon, a member of the committee.

She added that “the MasterCard card was used internationally to reduce the legal procedures and the convenience of the beneficiaries,” noting that “there are many complaints reached the Commission that caused delays in the payment of salaries as well as the amounts deducted from the employee per month.”

She explained that “the committee will discuss with the government agencies responsible for re-agreement with the Master Company to reduce the deduction from 4 thousand per month to 1,000 dinars, the highest estimates or other steps to reduce deductions.”,15700021,15700043,15700186,15700191,15700253,15700256,15700259&usg=ALkJrhggkqg7MhgN3jEiYq33TZ_iPZW5QA

The US State Department is commenting on the extension of the exemption for Iraq regarding Iranian gas Economic development 27/05/2019

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The US State Department is commenting on the extension of the exemption for Iraq regarding Iranian gas



The United States has not yet decided to grant Iraq new exceptions on the Iranian gas imported by Baghdad to operate power plants, a US State Department source said on Monday.

The source said in a press statement that “Iraq has exceptions to buy gas from Iran until June 16 next June, and Washington has not decided to extend the exceptions or not.”

“There are Iraqi requests for exceptions and attempts to make Washington understand its need for Iranian gas, but any extension decision has not yet been issued,” he said.

Iraq relies partly on Iranian gas imports to generate electricity for the country, which is more expensive than usual during the summer months.

Oil Minister Thamir al-Ghadhban said a few days ago that Iraq had contingency plans in anticipation of any disruption of Iranian gas supplies to the country’s electricity grid, but hoped there would be no disruption.

The United States has stepped up its pressure on Iran, Iraq’s neighbor, to tighten sanctions, especially on Tehran’s oil exports. However, the US administration has extended its decision to exclude Iraq from its sanctions on countries dealing with Iran’s energy sector.

Washington is urging Baghdad to sign energy deals with US companies, including giving General Electric a stake in a $ 14 billion plan for the electricity sector that Washington claims will help reduce Iraq’s dependence on Iran’s energy supplies.

The Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announces the Eid Al Fitr holiday .. How many days have you reached

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The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced on Monday the holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

“The Eid holiday will start on Tuesday next week,” a source at the secretariat told Mawazine News.

“It ends on Sunday of the week after next,” he said

The Green Zone is open for 24 hours starting from the first day of Eid al-Fitr

27-05-2019 04:22 PM

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Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Monday that the Green Zone would be fully open from the first day of Eid al-Fitr.

“The Green Zone will be fully open within 24 hours starting from the first day of Eid al-Fitr,” Abdul Mahdi’s secretary General Mohammad Hamid al-Bayati said in a statement.

It is noteworthy that Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, ordered on March 31, 2019, to open the Green Zone in central Baghdad 24 hours during the holidays and Fridays.,15700021,15700043,15700186,15700191,15700253,15700256,15700259&usg=ALkJrhhEcMnwxDxdOa2uzl_3wEVPxjZgbg