‘We’ll never forget’: Iran’s supreme leader meets Iraqi PM & vows to ‘strike a blow’ to US in revenge for killing of Soleimani


‘We’ll never forget’: Iran’s supreme leader meets Iraqi PM & vows to ‘strike a blow’ to US in revenge for killing of Soleimani
Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned that the US will see further retaliation for the January drone strike on elite commander Qasem Soleimani, telling Iraq’s premier that Tehran will resist American meddling in the region.

Khamenei met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Tehran on Tuesday, the PM’s first trip abroad since taking office in May. During the talks, the ayatollah stressed that the American presence in Iraq is an ongoing “source of corruption and destruction,” citing Soleimani’s assassination earlier this year in Baghdad as a case in point.

“They killed your guest at your house and explicitly confessed to the crime,” Khamenei said, adding that “the US and its agents are always looking for a power vacuum in the region to create chaos and pave the way for their intervention.”

The Islamic Republic of Iran will never forget this and will definitely strike a blow to the Americans.

The assassination of Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, skyrocketed tensions between Washington and Tehran, triggering an Iranian missile strike in retaliation and a rash of warlike rhetoric between the two sides. The strike also incensed Baghdad, as a top Iraqi militia commander was also killed in the blast. Iraqi lawmakers voted to expel US forces from the country, deeming the kill operation a clear violation of their sovereignty. While that move never took shape and has since stalled, Khamenei encouraged al-Kadhimi – who was not in office at the time of the strike in January – to renew the push during Tuesday’s talks.

“Of course, the expansion of Iran-Iraq relations has opponents, led by the United States,”
 he said, arguing Washington did not want to see an “independent, strong Iraq,” but added “in no way should we be afraid.”  The ayatollah also emphasized the need to expand Iran-Iraq relations “in all areas,” saying “reason, religion and experience” required it, but warned of foreign forces that might look to disrupt improved ties.

Following the sit-down with Khamenei, the Iraqi PM appeared at a news conference alongside Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, echoing the ayatollah’s calls for improved relations and insisting he would not “allow any aggression or challenge to Iran” to be launched from Iraqi territory.

The efforts to strengthen the two countries’ ties follows a much less amicable history, which saw Iran and Iraq fight a bloody war between 1980 and 1988, in which Baghdad tried to invade Iran with US backing soon after the Iranian Revolution that overthrew the country’s monarchy.

The top-level meeting comes as Washington continues its crippling “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign on Iran, looking to completely dry up the country’s oil exports and deprive the state of a vital source of revenue. The US has also pushed to extend an arms embargo on Tehran in recent weeks, a move Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said would effectively dismantle the 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and other world powers.

In the event the US fails to persuade the UN Security Council to renew the weapons ban, set to expire this fall, Washington has vowed to invoke a “snapback” measure in the 2015 deal to reimpose all UN sanctions on Iran, despite unilaterally abrogating it in 2018.



Khamenei assures Al-Kazemi of Iran’s support for his government and stresses strengthening bilateral relations

Policy 7/21/2020 19:55 89    

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, Iranian leader Ali Khamenei said today, Tuesday, that Iran is supportive of the government of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, stressing the need to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

Khamenei said during his meeting with Al-Kazemi that “Iran is supportive of the government of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi,” noting that “the experiment requires strengthening the relations of the two countries in all fields.

” He continued, “There are opponents to the development of relations between the two countries, especially Washington, but there should be no fear of America because no It can do something. ”

He said,“ Iran does not interfere in Iraq’s relations with America, but it expects Iraqi friends to know America and realize that America’s presence in any country is a source of corruption and destruction. ”

He pointed out by saying,“ Iran expects that the implementation of the Iraqi government, people and parliament’s decision to expel the Americans will continue, Because their presence violates security and stability. ”

“America is trying to find obstacles, but the Iraqi government should not care about it and continue its course with the support of my people,” he added.


Al-Kazemi: We will not be the starting point for the threat of Iran .. And Rouhani: Iraq is able to play a role in the stability of the region {expanded}

Time: 7/21/2020 16:13:11

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi said that Iraq “will not be allowed to be a launching pad for any attack on Iran.”

Al-Kazemi said during a joint press conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after their meeting in Tehran today, “My visit today confirms the importance of the historical ties that link Iraq and Iran. Today we are facing the challenges of Corona and the drop in oil prices. Therefore, coordination must exist between the two countries.”

He added, “We discussed the conditions of the region and how to establish peace, especially in light of Corona’s challenges,” stressing that “the Iraqi people are loving and eager for relations with Iran in accordance with the principle of non-interference in internal affairs.”

And Al-Kazemi said: Iran was one of the first countries that stood beside Iraq in the fight against terrorism, and the Iraqis will not forget that, stressing that “Iraq’s policy is based on goodwill in the relationship with neighboring countries.

” It can be reached without cooperation. ”

Al-Kazemi pointed out that “Iraq is searching for stability and must be strong and stable to be supportive of neighboring countries and the region. We discussed with President Rouhani the activation and revitalization of the agreements between us and I hope that these consensuses will see the light soon.”

He concluded by “by thanking Iran for its support in the Iraq war against terrorism and against the Corona virus.”

For his part, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, “After months of assuming the leadership of Al-Kazemi in Iraq, we find that the commercial activity has improved between the two countries and Iran will stand with all its capabilities to provide Iraq with the requirements it needs to combat the Corona virus.”

Rouhani added: We announce our readiness to exchange views between health officials in Iran and Iraq.

He added, “Iran confirmed that just as it stood beside Iraq in fighting terrorism, it is ready to help it establish security. Today, the two heroes of the two terrorist wars, the two martyrs Soleimani and the engineer who worked hard against terrorism in Iraq, are invoked.”

Rouhani said: We also discussed regional issues and the role that Iraq can play as a strong country at the regional level. ”

He added,“ I confirm my confidence that this visit will represent a turning point in strengthening relations between the two brotherly countries. ”

He pointed out that“ the discussions covered raising the volume of trade to $ 20 billion level. ”

Ammar Al-Masoudi


Parliamentary Investment: The coming days will witness the resolution of the Chinese agreement

Editing Date: 7/21/2020 14:18


The Parliamentary Committee on Economy and Investment confirmed today, Tuesday, that the coming days will witness the resolution of the Chinese agreement, while pointing to the existence of reasons that delay the implementation of the agreement.

Committee member Nada Shaker Jawdat said: “The drop in oil prices, in addition to the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, led to a delay in the implementation of the Chinese agreement,” stressing that “the coming days will witness the resolution of the agreement file.”

Jawdat added that “this agreement is one of the most important economic agreements, and includes many issues”, pointing out that “this agreement will eliminate corruption, which may happen through some gaps.”

The deputy of the Alliance of Ali Sa`doun al-Lami called on the Prime Minister to accelerate the implementation of the Iraqi-Chinese agreement, stressing that it would contribute to solving the problems of Iraq.


Parliamentary finance shows the fate of employee salaries for the next year

Editing Date: 7/21/2020 14:47


The Parliamentary Finance Committee revealed, on Tuesday, the fate of the employees ’salaries for the next year.

Committee member Jamal Kuger said in a statement that “the external borrowing law provided all employees salaries until the end of this year,” noting that “the Ministry of Finance directed the delivery of salaries according to the specified date without any delay.”

He added that “the revenue from oil, ports and communications money will be collected until the end of this year to cover the salaries of employees for the next year,” noting that “this method will facilitate the process of securing salaries and avoiding borrowing.”

The Parliamentary Economy and Investment Committee confirmed, earlier, that the government of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi is still counting on high oil prices to end the financial crisis.


Iraq and Iran are on the threshold of an agreement for foreign currency


7/21/2020 06:48:19

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Shafaq News / The Director of International Affairs of the Iranian Central Bank, Hamid Qanbari, revealed today, Tuesday, the conclusion of an agreement close to the foreign currency with Iraq.

Kanbari, who accompanied Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif on his visit to Baghdad (the day before yesterday Sunday), with the aim of conducting banking negotiations with the Iraqi side, said that the negotiations were useful and constructive between the two sides, and the final stage of the Iraqi Prime Minister and his accompanying delegation will reach Tehran today Tuesday.

Qanbir predicted, in an interview published by Iranian media, “In the event that this happens, a remarkable foreign cash will flow into the market, amounting to several billion, as it would cover a large part of the currency demand through it.”

The Central Bank of Iran and its Iraqi counterpart signed a memorandum of cooperation related to banking and financial ties last year.

Kanbari pointed out that the negotiations yesterday, Sunday, are an extension of the memorandum concluded, and that the visit of the Central Governor Abdel Nasser Hemati to Iraq last month comes in the same framework.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi arrived today, Tuesday, in the Iranian capital, Tehran, for a two-day official visit at the head of a high-ranking government delegation.


British newspaper: Iraq plans to borrow 18 billion dollars

Time: 7/21/2020 08:49:53

(International: Al Furat News) A British newspaper said that the Iraqi government plans to borrow $ 18 billion.

And the Financial Times published a report for her correspondent in the Middle East, Chloe Corniche, entitled “Iraq Warns that Economic Problems May Raise Insecurity.”

The title of the report is a phrase quoted from a speech by Finance Minister Ali Allawi, who said that “the issues that were buried because of the rise and growth of oil revenues are taking shape now”, referring to the inflated expenditures and a monthly wage bill of $ 5 billion, and this includes payments for an estimated 300 thousand of “Ghosts” or fictional employees, according to the author.

The writer says that the financial situation in Iraq, the second largest oil producer in OPEC, is receiving a devastating blow after the drop in crude oil prices by more than half compared to last year.

The author is based on the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies when referring to the decline in Iraqi revenues from oil exports, from $ 6.1 billion in January to its lowest level at 1.

The author returns to Allawi, who says that Baghdad is no longer able to rely on current oil prices.

And Chloe quoted Allawi as saying that Iraq “has been holding regular and very intense discussions with the International Monetary Fund for some time now,” adding that Baghdad “may apply for some budget support.” “There is now a growing recognition that we are moving to an environment with relatively low oil prices. We really have to find an alternative to restructure our public finances, to take account of this new normal,” he says.

The country’s poverty rate is expected to rise to 31.7 percent this year, from 20 percent in 2018, as the Corona epidemic is pushing 4.5 million Iraqis to fall below the poverty line, according to a new joint assessment by the government, the United Nations, the World Bank and Oxford University.

The writer says that low oil prices leave the government with little room to maneuver.

The author relies on the words of analysts who said that the government can take advantage of $ 68 billion in foreign reserves to cover dollar bills, such as imports and debt service, and is expected to borrow $ 18 billion from home and abroad to cover government wages for the next few months.

Ammar Al-Masoudi


Al-Kazemi begins his official visit to Iran





2020/07/21 02:21:17

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Shafaq News / Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, accompanied by a government delegation, started on Tuesday an official visit to Iran.

Al-Kazemi’s visit comes one day after the visit of the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif to the capital, Baghdad, and the city of Irbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, where he met with senior officials and political leaders in the two cities, and discussed with them a number of issues and ways to enhance bilateral relations.

Al-Kazemi’s media office said in a statement today that the visit includes a discussion of bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries, ways of enhancing them, and discussing issues related to cooperation and mechanisms for its development in a number of fields, as well as discussing developments of situations of mutual interest, on the regional and international arenas.

The statement added that during the visit, the Prime Minister will meet with a number of officials in Iran.

Al-Kazemi was due to visit Riyadh on Monday, but a health problem caused by the Saudi monarch postponed that visit to another time.