The State Department summoned the US Chargé d’affaires and asked him to commit to implementing the Strategic Partnership Agreement

Release date:: 2019/8/23 19:52

BAGHDAD: Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim has summoned the charge d’affaires at the US embassy in Baghdad, Brian McFitters, for the absence of the US ambassador to Iraq.

A statement of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry received a copy of the agency (Euphrates News) that “in the meeting reviewed the progress of bilateral relations between Baghdad and Washington, and ways to strengthen them to serve the interests of the two countries, and discussed the latest developments on the Iraqi and regional arena, in addition to issues related to intelligence and military cooperation and fighting terrorism Under the priorities of Iraq and the vision of the Commander in Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces. ”

Minister Hakim stressed that “Iraq is committed to the principle of good-neighborliness with its neighbors and to preserve the security of Iraq and the region, and that Iraq is not an arena for conflict and disagreement, but for construction and development. This will enhance the joint cooperation between the two countries in various sectors. ”

“It is clear that Iraq and its government put all diplomatic and legal options at the forefront of its priorities to prevent any external interference in its internal affairs and to safeguard the security and sovereignty of Iraq and its people.”


Kurdish deputy: the visit of officials of the region to Baghdad, the last chance to resolve the oil file

Release date:: 2019/8/23 10:13

(BAGHDAD: Euphrates News) Member of the House of Representatives for the Future Bloc opposition expected the visit of the delegation of the Kurdistan region to the federal government in Baghdad to discuss the region’s share in the 2020 budget as a “last chance” to reach a final solution on the oil file.

In a statement received by the Euphrates News Agency, Sarkot Shamsuddin said that “the visit which is planned by a delegation of officials of the Kurdistan region to meet their counterparts in the federal government represents the last chance to reach a final solution between the parties in accordance with the law and the constitution, as one of the strategic and important files.” On which the future and interest of Iraq depend. ”

He promised “the policies of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the management of the oil file in the region failed as this party mortgaged the natural resources there and exported oil abroad without handing it to the government, and such actions are rejected,” stressing that “the visit of officials of the region to Baghdad must be to prove good faith During the next phase and delivery of oil through the competent company. ”

Shams al-Din threatened to “resort to the Federal Court to resolve this crisis between Baghdad and the region, and the liberation of the Kurdish people from the influence of the families of Barzani and Talabani, which is trying to manipulate its capabilities, which caused the deterioration of the economy in the region and the emergence of social, educational and health problems and the increasing migration of young people to other countries, encouraging the need Cooperate significantly with the federal government to improve the reality of the Iraqi economy in general. ”

He advised “the officials of the region that the visit would be useless if the aim is to take pictures and meet the invitations of officials for the banquet without talking in particular about this oil file and its implications and future between the parties, while Baghdad should cooperate with the region in general and leave dealing with the two parties, and end the chaos there by preventing Oil exports by the Democratic Party abroad and forced to be marketed through the Ministry of Oil in Baghdad. ”

A member of the opposition bloc hinted that “the new legislative chapter will discuss at the beginning of the 2020 budget and the oil file between the center and the region and the salaries of employees of the region, which must be spent from Baghdad after the commitment of the other party to export oil through.”

Iraq is moving to strengthen its air defenses

Iraqi Defense


2019/08/23 06:24:32

The National Security Council held its meeting chaired by Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Adel Abdul Mahdi, and discussed issues prepared for its agenda.

The Council stressed that all military formations, including the Popular Mobilization, had a great role in combating terrorism and liberating Iraqi lands and cities from terrorism and that the government is responsible for protecting them. The Iraqi airspace, except with the approval of the commander in chief of the armed forces or his duly authorized persons, and take the necessary measures and steps to transfer weapons and equipment to secure storage places outside the cities.

The Council discussed the assumption of the Ministry of Defense to develop appropriate plans and procedures to arm the air defense command commensurate with the current and future situation.

The Council agreed that the Ministry of Defense would conclude a memorandum of understanding with its Lebanese counterpart.

The National Security Council approved the national policy to rehabilitate society after liberating cities from ISIS terrorist gangs.

The New York Times reported that Israel launched at least one strike on a weapons depot in Iraq.

Israel bombed a base north of Baghdad in July, while two US officials said the Jewish state had carried out several strikes in Iraq in recent days, the newspaper quoted a senior Middle East intelligence official as saying.

Four bases used by the Popular Mobilization, which includes pro-Iranian Shi’ite factions hostile to the US presence in Iraq, suffered mysterious explosions last July.

Israel has repeatedly bombed Iranian targets in Syria. But extending this campaign to Iraq – where Israel destroyed the July nuclear reactor in 1981 – could damage relations between Washington and Baghdad.

The deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Council, Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, who is on the US blacklist because of his aggressive hostility to the US presence, accused the US forces on Wednesday of being “the first and last responsible” for the attacks that were carried out “by agents or by specific aircraft operations.”

He accused the Americans of “bringing four Israeli drones” into Iraq to “carry out sorties targeting Iraqi military headquarters,” threatening that the PMU would treat any foreign aircraft flying over its positions without the knowledge of the Iraqi government as “enemy aircraft.”

The head of the Popular Mobilization Commission, Faleh al-Fayyad, national security adviser to the Iraqi government, on Thursday mitigated the charges.

Although he said that “preliminary investigations” had revealed that the incidents were “an orchestrated external act,” he stressed that ”

The Pentagon denied the charges. “We are not involved in the recent bombings,” a ministry spokesman told AFP, stressing that the US presence in Iraq was to support the country’s efforts against jihadists.