A joint statement issued by the governments of Iraq and the United States on the occasion of the dialogue between the two countries


Friday, June 12, 2020 | 04:28 am

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Baghdad / .. The governments of Baghdad and Washington issued a joint statement on the occasion of the dialogue between the two sides, and “Eye of Iraq News” obtained a copy of it


The text of the statement … 



Based on the 2008 Strategic Framework Agreement for the Relationship of Friendship and Cooperation concluded between the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America, strategic dialogue discussions were held through closed video meetings between the two parties represented by the Senior Undersecretary of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Abdul Karim Hashem Mustafa on the Republic of Iraq, and the Under Secretary of State for Relations Mr. David Hill, on behalf of the Government of the United States of America. Discussions covered security, counter-terrorism, economics, energy, political issues and cultural relations.

The two countries reaffirmed their principles agreed upon in the Strategic Framework Agreement, in addition to the principles stated in the exchange of diplomatic notes, and the Republic of Iraq’s correspondence to the UN Security Council numbered (S / 2014/440) dated 25 June 2014, as well as other numbered (S / 2014/691) dated September 20, 2014, respectively. The United States of America reaffirmed its respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and relevant decisions of the Iraqi legislative and executive powers.  

On economic and energy issues, the two countries have realized the enormous economic challenges facing Iraq in light of the two pandemic crises Covid-19, the decline in oil prices, and the need for Iraq to adopt fundamental economic reforms. The United States discussed providing Iraq with economic advisers to work directly with the government of Iraq, in order to help enhance the level of international support for the reform efforts of the Government of Iraq, including support provided by international financial institutions regarding serious plans to enact substantial economic reforms. The two governments discussed potential investment projects involving international American companies in the energy sector and other areas, provided that the working conditions are favorable.

Regarding political aspects, the United States of America has expressed its support for the Republic of Iraq, not only through close bilateral cooperation at the security and political levels, but also through its support for Iraq and its new government. The two countries reaffirmed their importance to assist Iraq in implementing its governmental and reform program in a manner that meets the aspirations of the Iraqi people, including continuing humanitarian efforts, restoring stability, rebuilding the country, and organizing free, fair and fair elections. The United States, in cooperation with its international partners, affirmed its continued support for the preparations made by Iraq for the elections, and efforts to support the rule of law, human rights, and the return of displaced persons and facilitate their integration, especially minorities in Iraqi society that have been subjected to genocide by ISIS.

With regard to the security partnership, the two countries acknowledged that, in light of the distinguished progress on eliminating the threat of ISIS, the United States of America will continue in the coming months to reduce the number of forces present in Iraq and dialogue with the Iraqi government on the status of the remaining forces and where the focus of the two countries is towards developing a normal security relationship Based on common interests. The United States of America has also confirmed that it does not seek to establish permanent bases or a permanent military presence in Iraq, as agreed previously in the 2008 Strategic Framework Agreement, which states that security cooperation is based on mutual agreements. The Government of Iraq is committed to protecting the military forces of the International Alliance, the Iraqi facilities that host them, in accordance with international law and relevant arrangements regarding the presence of those forces and in the form to be agreed upon between the two countries.

On the cultural level, the two governments discussed plans to return the important political archive to the Government of Iraq, and efforts to develop the capacities of Iraqi universities. The two parties also discussed plans to return artifacts and the Baath Party archive to Iraq.

The two parties reaffirmed their importance to the strategic relationship and their determination to take appropriate steps to enhance the interests of both countries and to achieve security, stability and prosperity in the region. The United States government welcomed the opportunity to reaffirm and strengthen its partnership with Iraq as the Iraqi Prime Minister begins to take over his government duties. Both governments look forward to in-depth discussions on the issues mentioned above at the meeting of the High Coordination Committee for Strategic Dialogue in Washington, DC, in July.


Washington announces the most prominent outcomes of the strategic dialogue with Baghdad

Political | 11:24 – 11/06/2020

Baghdad – Mawazine News 

The US State Department announced today, Thursday, the most prominent outputs of the strategic dialogue between Baghdad and Washington, which began today.

The ministry confirmed its support for Iraq in the international financial institutions, declaring that the Iraqi government renewed its commitment to protect the American forces present on its soil.

The ministry also indicated that the dialogue with Iraq discussed politics, security and the economy, revealing the United States’ pursuit of bilateral security arrangements with Iraq, and the US State Department announced the Washington counterpart to assist Baghdad in implementing the reforms.

This was the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States of America was launched today via closed-circuit television and is scheduled to continue for two days, and the dialogue included discussions that include discussing the presence of American forces in Iraq and the economic situation of Iraq, as well as other investment, agricultural and technological aspects.

The Iraqi delegation included 21 people headed by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and includes in its membership representatives of all sectors that will be included in the strategic dialogue.

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US official confirms his country’s intention to support Iraq financially … and reveals the content of “strategic dialogue”

Michel Ghandour – Washington

June 11, 2020

US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs David Schenker

A State Department official revealed that the administration of his country confirmed its intention to support Iraq to face the financial repercussions of the Corona crisis and the decline in oil prices, during the strategic dialogue between Washington and Baghdad, Thursday.

Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs David Schenker confirmed that Washington would support “the new Iraqi government in international financial institutions to counter the effects of Coved 19 and the decline in oil prices …”.

He mentioned that the strategic dialogue with Iraq addressed political, security, cultural and economic issues in addition to his approach to the energy sector, “expressing his hope that the Iraqi-American Joint Coordination Committee will meet in Washington this summer to discuss all issues.”

The dialogue session took place through the video circle, in an optimistic atmosphere, with Mustafa Al-Kazemi, known for his good relations with Washington, as prime minister, and also the retreat of the pro-Iranian factions until this moment.

“What we want is a strong bilateral security arrangement with Iraq, which includes exercises, management of advanced military systems, joint exercises and the study of the two countries’ officers in the military schools of the two countries,” Schenker said.

He stressed that “security is the cornerstone of stability and provides the conditions for economic development and prosperity,” noting that Washington insists on “helping Iraq defeat ISIS permanently and bringing stability to Iraq.”

He added that “Iranian-backed groups are working against us by fanning sectarianism, extremism and terrorism, and this is what we discussed today.”

Militias loyal to Iran in Iraq launched missile attacks against American interests in Iraq, before Washington proceeded to liquidate the commander of the Quds Force, Iranian Qassem Soleimani.

Representatives voted pro-Iranian blocs in the Iraqi parliament at the time to end the presence of foreign forces in the country.

Schenker said that the government of Iraq renewed “its commitment to us to protect our forces and coalition forces present in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government to fight ISIS.”

And he added, “We have made clear that we will continue to assist the Iraqi government not only at the security level, but also in implementing the reforms required of the Iraqi people.”

It is worth noting that on the eve of the launch of the dialogue, a missile landed in the Green Zone, where the US embassy is located, in what appeared to be a message reminding of the intentions of Iraqi militias loyal to Iran.

In addition to the security file, Iraq suffers economically, as a result of the collapse of oil prices, which threatens the government’s inability to pay the salaries of eight million government employees and retirees.


Al-Kazemi: I received reports of an assassination plot during the visit to Mosul

Political | 10:31 – 11/06/2020

BAGHDAD – Mawazine News, 

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi stressed, Thursday, not to accept any attack on state institutions under any title, revealing security reports that a plot to assassinate him during Mosul’s visit took place.

Reform measures and 

announced the continuation of a series of reform measures soon related to the financial and administrative situation, stressing not to compromise the sovereignty of Iraq during the strategic dialogue with America.

The Iraqi Prime Minister indicated to give importance to the dialogue with America, indicating that Iraq “will say enough to wars and slogans.”

He also stressed that “the goal of the government is to achieve fair elections and protect the economy from collapse and preserve the prestige of the state,” adding, “We do not want Iraq to be a zone of conflict but rather peace.”

To that he added that his country suffers from “poor planning” and has no economy, noting that the government will support the private sector, which he described as ”

Rejection of bids

, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi confirmed that the deductions in some salaries were a financing operation due to a lack of liquidity and included 27% of retirees.  

“These funds will be returned in the coming days or with the salary of next month,” he added during the conference.

He continued, “We reject the political auctions and the mistakes of the previous stages that led to this last collapse,” pointing out that “these auctions come from those who want to continue to exhaust the state, and insist on comprehensive reform.”  

He continued, “The goal of my government is to achieve fair elections, protect the economy from collapse and preserve the prestige of the state,” noting that “we do not want Iraq to be a zone of conflict, but peace.”  



In pursuit of a comprehensive agreement, Kurdistan will try again with Baghdad with a delegation headed by Talabani next Sunday

Policy 11/06/2020 12:58 1175 Editor: ht    

Baghdad Today – Baghdad

Despite the frequent and frequent visits between government officials in the Kurdistan region and Baghdad, the outstanding financial problems between them have not been resolved so far, and it seems that the recent visit of the Kurdish delegation, which was not long ago, did not reach decisive results in Dissolve the accumulated problems between the two parties.

Financial dues, the origin of the differences,

and a source in the Kurdistan Regional Government told (Baghdad today), that “a Kurdish delegation will visit Baghdad next Sunday, to discuss a number of files, most notably with regard to the issues of oil and financial dues.”

The source added, “The delegation will be headed by the deputy head of the regional government, Qubad Talabani, the minister of finance, Awat Sheikh Janab, the minister of the province, Khaled Shawani, and the head of the Cabinet Office, Omid Sabah.”

He points out that “the head of the provincial government, Masrour Barzani, informed the delegation that will visit Baghdad that it be more flexible and meets the demands of Baghdad,” noting that “Barzani intends to hand over all oil resources to Baghdad in exchange for sending financial dues to the region, including the salaries of employees.”

A Kurdish desire to resolve differences

. Member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Jamal Kujer, confirmed on Thursday (11 June 2020) that the Kurdish delegation who will visit the capital, Baghdad, has a real desire to reach a decisive agreement on the outstanding issues between the region and the center.

Cougar told (Baghdad Today), “A high-level delegation from the Kurdistan government will arrive in Baghdad during the next few days to discuss outstanding issues, including the financial situation, in order to reach a decisive agreement in this regard because keeping things as they are without understandings hurts everyone without exception and leads to Anarchy that serves no one at all. ”

He adds, “The difficult circumstances the country is going through in general and its implications impose quick solutions to resolve all problems between the two parties.”

And he points out that “Erbil and Baghdad have a real will this time to resolve the outstanding files as soon as possible and reach solutions that contribute to facing the suffocating financial crisis and its repercussions in different directions.”

For his part, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masroor Barzani, stressed on Tuesday (June 9, 2020) the resolution of the outstanding differences with Baghdad radically.

The Media Office of the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, in a statement, stated that “a delegation from the International Alliance headed by the Deputy Commander of the Joint Task Forces in the International Alliance for Iraq and Syria, General Gerald Strickland.”

He added, “The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government highlighted the government reform process in the administrative and financial fields, especially the reform steps in the Peshmerga Ministry.”

And regarding the relations with the federal government in Baghdad, the head of the regional government stressed “the necessity to resolve the outstanding disputes in a fair and radical manner, based on the constitution.”

Baghdad initiative to settle differences

The central government in Baghdad had initiated the settlement of the existing differences between the Kurdistan region and the federal government in Baghdad, through the Iraqi Finance Minister, Ali Abdul Amir Allawi, sending a message last month to the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region, Masroor Barzani, which included four steps to the financial settlement Between Baghdad and Erbil.

According to the document, the proposed steps include the payment of 400 billion Iraqi dinars for the month of April by the ministry to the Kurdistan region, in addition to entering intensive meetings between representatives of the two governments for the purpose of agreeing to a final settlement within a period of not more than 30 days, and adopts the Federal Financial Management Law as a basis for it, as well as The Federal Financial Supervision Bureau, in coordination with the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Financial Supervision Bureau in the region, calculates and audits non-oil revenues for the region.

The document dated May 19 indicated that funding for the subsequent payments for April is taking place after the implementation of the agreement that will result from the meetings.


The start of the dialogue round between Baghdad and Washington

Thursday 11 June 2020 | 07:19 pm

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The round of strategic dialogue between the United States of America and Iraq was launched shortly before.

On Thursday, the US State Department published the agenda of the strategic dialogue between the United States of America and Iraq.  

The draft agenda for the dialogue, according to a statement from the US State Department, included 6 paragraphs, which read as follows: 

9:00 a.m. Introductions and welcome notes (30 minutes). 

American participants make opening remarks, followed by notes from the Iraqi team. 

9:30 AM Security Discussion (US Advance, 30 minutes). 

The debate about the presence of US forces and US security concerns will open, and it will turn into colleagues of the Department of Defense, as necessary. After that, the Iraqi side will address the American statements. 

10:00 am economic discussion (Iraq leadership, 30 minutes) 

Iraq will describe the country’s financial situation and its plans to address the crisis. He will also discuss his plans for energy independence. The United States will stress the importance of economic reforms and offer to help Iraq achieve its economic and energy goals. 

10:30 am political discussion (US leadership, 20 minutes). 

The United States will raise issues of early elections, justice for victims of protesters from violence, and humanitarian issues. Iraqis will discuss their thoughts on these concerns. 

10:50 am cultural discussion (Iraq leadership, 10 minutes). 

Iraq is likely to request the return of many artifacts and the expansion of exchange programs. The United States will agree to the return of the Baath party archives and is looking for ways to expand exchange programs. 


Al-Kazemi: My government’s goal is to achieve fair elections, protect the economy, and preserve state prestige.

Time: 11/06/2020 17:44:39

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced Thursday that his government’s goal is to achieve fair elections, protect the economy, and preserve the prestige of the state.

“We are suffering from poor planning, and we have no economy, but we will support the private sector, which is the basis for building Iraq,” Al-Kazimi told a news conference.

 He added that “the dialogue between Iraq and America will depend on the opinion of the supreme religious authority, the House of Representatives and the need for Iraq,” noting “his rejection of political auctions from some and the real age of my government a week because it was completed last week.” 

“We do not want Iraq to be a zone of conflict, but peace,” Al-Kazimi added.

Commenting on the deduction from the pensioners ’salaries, Al-Kazimi confirmed by saying,“ 73 percent of the pensioners received full salaries and deductions are no liquidity and will be delivered later, ”noting that“ deductions from the retirees ’salaries will be returned within the coming days.”

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Pompeo reveals two reasons for the US-Iraqi dialogue

Time: 06/2020 2020 19:21:23

{International: Al Furat News} US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed that the “strategic dialogue” between the United States and Iraq will start Thursday.

Pompeo revealed in a separate press conference that his assistant for political affairs David Hill will head the US delegation, which will include representatives of the ministries of defense, energy, treasury and several agencies.

“With new risks looming, especially the Covid-19 pandemic, deteriorating oil prices and a large budget deficit, it is essential that the United States and Iraq meet as strategic partners to prepare a plan for moving forward that notes the common interest of both of our countries,” the US secretary of state said.

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) This afternoon, the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States of America was launched via video technology due to the Corona pandemic.

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced that the dialogue that will start today between Iraq and America will depend on the opinion of the religious authority, parliament and the need for Iraq.

“We do not want Iraq to be a zone of conflict, but peace.”

The dialogue, which will be a series of meetings between senior American and Iraqi officials, aims to put all aspects of the US-Iraqi relationship at the dialogue table.

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Finance reveals the need for Iraq to borrow about $ 38 billion to cover the deficit



Budget deficit

11/26/2020 11:05:32

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Shafaq News / The Parliamentary Finance Committee revealed, today, Thursday, the amount of borrowing funds that the government needs to secure employee salaries and cover the levers in the general budget.

“The finance and planning ministers informed us during the committee meeting, yesterday, Wednesday, that the government needs $ 5 billion in external borrowing and 40 trillion dinars in internal borrowing (equivalent to about $ 38 billion),” the committee’s reporter, Deputy Ahmed Al-Saffar, told Shafaq News. It shall be from the Rafidain, Rashid, Real Estate and Central Bank banks.

He added that “approval of borrowing is subject to a condition,” noting that this condition requires the government after 60 days to present a reform paper regarding the provisions of the draft general budget bill.

And Al-Saffar said, “Deduction of part of the salaries of employees and retirees is not a solution, but resorting to borrowing is the best solution to get out of the financial crisis and secure salaries and fill the gap that exists in the public budget.”

And revealed the Parliamentary Finance Committee, earlier, the percentage of deficit “unprecedented” in the country’s general budget for the current year 2020, estimated at “69” trillion Iraqi dinars.

It is noteworthy that sending the federal budget by the government to the Iraqi parliament has been delayed due to the continuous protests since last October, which led to the resignation of the previous government headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi and its transformation into a caretaker government that is not empowered to send the draft budget budget to the parliament.


pictures, a side of the first session of the Iraqi-American strategic dialogue

Baghdad / Al-Akhbariyah

Today, Thursday, the first session of the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States was launched to reach an agreement regulating relations between the two countries.

Sources said that the dialogue session will be preparatory and via closed-circuit television, and will serve as an introductory round between the American and Iraqi negotiating teams.

The sources pointed out that the two teams will discuss the files discussed in the strategic agreement signed between the two countries in 2008.

Commenting on the dialogue session, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Undersecretary of State David Hill will lead the strategic dialogue between his country and Iraq, with the participation of representatives from the ministries of defense, treasury, energy, and others. The negotiations will address issues of common concern in various political, security, economic, cultural and energy fields.