Presidency of the Parliament: Vote tomorrow to extend the legislative term for a month

Editorial date: 2019/6/21 23:44

(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) The first deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hassan Karim al-Kaabi, said that the parliament’s presidency will invite deputies on Saturday to vote on extending the legislative term for a month.

Al-Kaabi said in a statement received by the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it “in view of what is required by the current stage of completing the vote on draft laws and proposals important, and the issuance of decisions that benefit the various segments of the people.”

He referred to “discussing issues and developments in the political arena”

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Trump says he does not mind meeting Khamenei and has no preconditions for an agreement with Iran

2019/06/21 12:28:39

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he did not mind meeting Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei or Iranian President Hassan Rowhani.

“He is ready to negotiate with Iran without preconditions,” Trump said in an interview with the ABC network.

“Any new agreement with Iran must include ballistic missiles,” he said.

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Trump renews his call to Iran to negotiate after his cancellation of an impending attack

Editorial date: 2019/6/21 14:00

Iran has received a message from US President Donald Trump over the Sultanate of Oman to warn of an imminent US attack on Iran, two Iranian officials said in a press release on Friday.

The two officials spoke shortly after the New York Times reported that “Trump agreed to launch air strikes against Iran on Friday in retaliation for the fall of a US reconnaissance plane but canceled the last minute attacks.

” Trump said in his letter that he is against any war with Iran And wants to hold talks with Tehran on a number of issues … set a short period of time to get our response, but Iran’s immediate response is that the decision by Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on this issue. ”

“We have made it clear that Khamenei is opposed to any talks, but the message will be conveyed to him to make the decision, but the Omani official told us that any attack on Iran would have regional and international consequences,” the second official said.

After weeks of mounting tensions amid a series of attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf, Iran said on Thursday it had shot down a US military surveillance plane, fueling fears of an open military confrontation between the rival countries.

As tension escalated, the US Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order banning US airlines from flying over Iranian-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman until further notice.

Iran’s air defense forces today published a series of photographs showing various parts of the American March plane that was dropped on Thursday.

The pictures show different remnants of the aircraft, which the Revolutionary Guards dropped at dawn yesterday “after entering the country’s airspace and not over international waters.”

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Negotiations with Iraq’s Exxon Mobil deal worth $ 53 billion stalled

Editorial date:: 2019/6/21 11:42

The US energy giant ExxonMobil is moving ahead with a $ 53 billion project to boost Iraq’s oil production in its southern fields, an important step for the company’s ambition to expand in the country.

But according to government officials in Iraq, a combination of contractual wrangling and security concerns, fueled by rising tensions between neighboring Iran and the United States, is helping to derail the deal.

Four Iraqi officials involved in the talks, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said the negotiations had been stalled by clauses of a contract opposed by Baghdad.

They said the main sticking point was the way Exxon proposed to recover its own development costs, with the company targeting to share oil produced from two fields, which Iraq rejects, saying it represents an infringement on state ownership of production.

An Iraqi negotiator said Baghdad would not sign anything on the current items proposed by Exxon.

Exxon declined to comment on the terms of the contract or negotiations. “In terms of habit, we do not comment on trade talks,” a spokeswoman for the company said in Texas.

Fayyad Nima, undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil for upstream activities, said on Wednesday the talks were continuing and he expected an agreement to be concluded soon

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