Obelisk sources: There are no disagreements between the prime minister and the minister of finance over the allocations … and the ministry: Allawi has not submitted his resignation.

08/26/2020 20:52

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Baghdad / The Obelisk: On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, private sources denied to the obelisk that there were any differences between Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and Finance Minister Muhammad Allawi.

The sources reported that the news reported by the media is far from the truth, which alleges disagreements about the financial allocations for the region.

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, the Ministry of Finance clarified, in an official statement, the fact that its minister, Ali Allawi, has submitted his resignation.

The finance said in its statement, that it “denies that Minister Ali Allawi has submitted his resignation from his post.”

Earlier, social networking sites reported news that Finance Minister Ali Allawi had resigned from his post.

During today’s cabinet session, the Council authorized the Minister of Finance to negotiate and sign a draft agreement, to avoid double taxation, and to prevent evasion from paying taxes on income and capital, between the government of the Republic of Iraq and the government of the Swiss Federation, as amended by the State Council, based on Provisions of Article 80 / Clause Six of the Constitution.




The border crossings agree on a recommendation stipulating that the Kurdistan region’s ports be linked to the federal government ports

Classification:  under the eye

Wednesday, 26 August 2020 10:37 PM

Baghdad / National News Center –

The Border Ports Authority said that the Board of the Commission reached an agreement to link the ports of the Kurdistan Region with the outlets of the Federal Government, indicating that the members agreed on a recommendation confirming the necessity of the region’s commitment to Resolution No. (13) of 2019, which stipulated in one of its paragraphs to link the ports of the region with the outlets of the federal government

A statement of the authority, a copy of which was received by the National News Center Agency, stated that the President of the Border Ports Authority, Omar Adnan Al-Waeli, chaired the meeting of the Commission’s Council, which includes in its membership representatives of ministries, agencies and governorates concerned with the work of border crossings, which was held via the closed television circuit.

He added that “the council’s agenda was discussed, which included several important axes to organize the work of the departments operating at the border crossings and to take the necessary decisions and recommendations regarding them by voting by the members on all the paragraphs of the agenda.”

The meeting discussed, according to the statement, “Diwani Order No. 83 pertaining to the creation of the Airport Protection Directorate, which was issued to start its work at Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports in the Kurdistan region, which was not implemented and received the response from the regional government to activate it and the lack of the necessary cadres for it.”

The statement continued, “The members agreed on a recommendation confirming the necessity of the region’s commitment to Resolution No. (13) of 2019, which stipulated in one of its paragraphs to link the region’s ports to the federal government’s outlets and cancel the aforementioned directorate and create another directorate concerned with airport security, which it is hoped will emerge according to the committee (16). Headed by the Minister of the Interior.

The statement indicated that “the issue of the trade exchange yards at the Arar border crossing with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been discussed, which it is hoped will be opened in the few days.

He added, “The inspection companies operating in the border outlets and approved by the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control had a paragraph on the agenda, which emphasized the importance of the sobriety of these companies to ensure quality in goods and goods supplied to the local markets, as well as giving importance to protecting the citizen’s health from industrial fraud. And the commercial, and the keenness to follow up the work of the checking companies that continue their work and end the work of the contracting companies whose contract expires on the first of next September.

The Board recommended that the Border Ports Authority follow up on what has been judicially seized of forged documents and fake arrival books, which are used to pass goods with forged receipts and in the name of one of the examining companies, which were seized at the Safwan border crossing, and to emphasize the importance of electronic linking of the checking companies and their follow-up by the Central Organization for Standardization and Control. Quality to ensure business continuity, smooth trade exchange, and ease of controlling cases of tampering and forgery in inspection certificates for imported goods.

And he indicated that “it was emphasized in the meeting to implement the Prime Minister’s directive to evacuate dangerous containers from all border outlets and the need to expedite their evacuation to safe areas and the need to accomplish this with the solidarity of all members of the Council and to provide a helping hand from the governorates to the border outlets to accomplish this issue, which is one of the priorities of national security.” .

He pointed out, “Among the paragraphs of the meeting, the request of the Hajj and Umrah Authority was discussed to have a permanent presence at the Arar border crossing to supervise the pilgrims’ departure during its season. Their duties at the border crossing.


Iraqi Finance denies the resignation of its minister Allawi “due to a dispute over Kurdistan funds”



Iraqi Finance

Ali Allawi

2020-08-26 15:24

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Shafaq News / The Iraqi Ministry of Finance denied, on Wednesday, reports that Minister Ali Allawi had resigned from his post.

Some local media reported that Allawi, who is visiting London, submitted his resignation “as a result of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s insistence on disbursing funds to the Kurdistan Region, in contravention of the law, and Erbil’s failure to pay the debts to Baghdad.”

However, a statement of finance received by Shafaq News denied this information, and called “some media outlets to exercise accuracy and caution in publishing news.”


Al-Kazemi government is preparing a budget for only three months



Iraqi government

The Iraqi budget

2020-08-26 10:48

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Shafaq News / The Iraqi government announced, on Wednesday, that it is working on preparing the general budget for the remaining three months of the current year.

Ahmed Mulla Talal, the spokesman for the Prime Minister, said in a press conference in the presence of the Shafaq News Agency correspondent, that the 2021 budget is almost complete and upon completion, it will be voted on in the Council of Ministers and sent to the House of Representatives. 

Talal pointed out that “the degrees of deletion and creation will be allocated to holders of higher degrees and employees with contracts and wages in state institutions.” 

It is noteworthy that the sending of the federal budget for the year 2020, by the government to the Iraqi parliament, has been delayed as a result of 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 whose powers are not to send the draft financial budget law to Parliament .

Earlier, the Iraqi Minister of Finance, Ali Abdul Amir Allawi, ruled out approving the general budget for the year 2020 and confirmed that his ministry is working on preparing the 2021 budget.

The fall in oil prices due to the Corona pandemic has caused a financial deficit, while the Parliamentary Finance Committee confirmed last July that the fiscal deficit of the 2021 budget bill is estimated according to financial revenues and oil prices.


Pictures … a truck collided with a Central Bank car loaded with cash on the Baghdad-Kirkuk road

Local | 04:30 – 26/08/2020

Baghdad – Mawazine News

, a security source said, on Wednesday, that a truck collided with a Central Bank vehicle carrying cash on the Baghdad-Kirkuk road.

The source said in an interview with Mawazine News that “a truck collided with a Central Bank vehicle on Baghdad-Kirkuk road.”

He added, “The car is loaded with cash for the Kirkuk banks.” Ended 29 / h


Plasschaert talks about early elections in Iraq and invites Erbil and Baghdad


Plasharat Iraq

2020-08-26 09:43

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Shafaq News / The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Hennis Blasshardt urged on Wednesday to hold “free and fair” elections in the country, encouraging both the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government to continue discussions in order to resolve the differences and outstanding issues between them that have been going on for 15 years.

This came in a briefing given to the session of the United Nations Security Council on developments in Iraq and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Plasschaert said, “Iraq is expected to witness a decline of 9.7% in GDP and oil revenues have nearly halved, which has been hit hard by the sharp collapse in crude prices.”

And she added by saying that corruption is still rampant in Iraq, and its economic cost is indescribable as it continues to steal badly needed resources from ordinary Iraqis, which leads to the erosion of investor confidence.

She pointed out that “it is a matter of grave concern to the high number of killings and targeting against activists and human rights defenders.”

Regarding early elections in Iraq, Blashardt said that “the work of the Independent High Electoral Commission must be strengthened and freed from constant political pressures,” calling for free and fair elections to be held in the sixth month of next year.

He added that “the elections must be credible,” noting that “this is not the responsibility of the Independent High Electoral Commission and the government only, but it is the responsibility of all Iraqi political actors and election stakeholders.”

She also said, “The Independent High Electoral Commission needs to adopt practical measures to face electoral challenges and build public confidence in its neutrality and capabilities, through: adopting a comprehensive and inclusive voter registry, adopting a transparent, proven and reliable election results system, and adopting a wise framework for dealing with complaints and appeals. 

On the differences and pending issues between Erbil and Baghdad, Plasschaert said that constructive negotiations are the only viable way to move forward.

The UN representative continued by saying that “after 15 years, the problems between the two sides are still not resolved,” calling for addressing the problem of salaries in the Kurdistan Region.


Al-Kazemi attends an “important” meeting at Al-Amiri’s house




Al Amri

2020-08-26 08:13

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Shafaq News / A source close to the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi revealed on Wednesday that the latter will attend a meeting tonight at the house of the leader of the “Al-Fateh” coalition, Secretary-General of the Badr Organization, Hadi Al-Amiri, in the presence of a number of blocs.

The source told Shafaq News, that an important meeting will be held at Al-Amiri’s house and Al-Kazemi will attend it tonight, adding that the meeting will be attended by other political blocs and forces and is not limited to the “Al-Fatah” coalition.

The source added that the meeting will discuss the results of the visit to the United States of America and the agreements that were concluded there, especially with regard to the foreign and American presence.

This meeting comes at a time when Al-Kazemi visited the United States, during which he met US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in addition to other officials.

Saad al-Saadi, a leader in the “Al-Fateh” coalition led by the Secretary-General of the Badr Organization, Hadi Al-Amiri, said on Monday that a meeting will soon be held between the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and all political forces, to discuss a “very important file.”

On the fifth of last January, the Iraqi parliament voted on a resolution demanding Baghdad work to remove foreign forces from the country .

The decision came two days after Washington assassinated the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, and the leader of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, in an air strike near Baghdad airport .

The US forces have withdrawn, along with the Washington-led coalition forces, from 8 military bases in Iraq since the killing of Soleimani and the engineer. The international coalition says that this falls within the framework of repositioning and withdrawing from bases that contain a small number of soldiers.


Khazemi: The challenges are great and we have an opportunity to take the country to the right path

Baghdad / Al-Akhbariya

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi affirmed, on Wednesday, that the challenges facing the government are great and that we can take the country to the right path.

Al-Kazemi said during the cabinet session that “removing Iraq from the policy of axes is the approach that the current government is taking, and it is in the interest of our people.”

He explained that “balance and moderation and dependence on strengthening cooperation, especially in economic relations to ensure the interest of Iraq is what we seek in our relations with countries.”

Al-Kazemi stressed that “the ministers should meet with their counterparts in Egypt and Jordan, to strengthen inter-cooperation,” noting that “the challenges are great, and we must succeed, and we have the opportunity to move the country on the right path.”


Iraq is ranked sixth in the world as the largest oil producer and fifth in the world reserves






2020-08-26 06:46

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Shafaq News / The British investment site INN revealed that Iraq ranks sixth in the world as the largest oil producer, in addition to being the owner of the fifth largest crude reserves in the world .

In a report seen by Shafaq News Agency, the site said, “Iraq ranked sixth in the world with the largest oil production in the world during 2019, with a production of 4,700,000 million barrels per day,” indicating that “America ranked first, followed by Saudi Arabia second and then came third Russia.   Then came Canada fourth and China fifth . ”

He added, “Iraq was able to increase its oil production in 2017, but it remained after Iran, which ranked the last sixth, so that Iraq increased its production in 2018, amounting to 4.616,000 million barrels per day, to displace Iran and occupy the sixth place as the largest oil producer in the world, to increase its production in 2019 to 2019.” 4.700,000 million barrels per day . ”

He pointed out that “Iraq ranks fifth in the world with the largest reserves in the world, as these reserves amounted to 144 billion barrels,” noting that “these reserves represent 18% of the reserves of the Middle East and nearly 9% of the world oil reserves .”

The investment site    ( INN) is one of the global websites that publishes investment news and   is owned by Dig Media Inc , a private company based in Vancouver, British Columbia.