The Hezbollah Brigades puts a “single condition” for opening up to Saudi Arabia




Hezbollah Brigades


2020-08-27 22:00

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Shafaq News / On Thursday, Kataib Hezbollah accused Saudi Arabia of being behind Iraqi casualties as a result of religious fatwas that led to sectarian incitement in the country.

A statement by the brigades stated, The current government has pursued vague policies in its relations with foreign powers that have raised large question marks … especially that some of these parties had negative attitudes towards Iraq and its political system, and some had a subversive and conspiratorial role and support terrorist groups … .

He added, “The Iraqi government and all political forces should have set initial standards for dealing with foreign countries and parties on the basis of their positions on this conspiracy and not to open up to any country that had a negative role.”

The brigades refused to establish “normal relations” with Saudi Arabia, which it described as the kingdom of evil, openness to it and receive its officials without being held accountable for the genocide crimes committed against our people and our country, sending thousands of suicide bombers in our cities and markets, and supporting Al Qaeda and ISIS gangs and the sectarian incitement campaigns that were issued by its Wahhabi religious establishment. “Officialdom and its symbols are known to be hostile to the majority of the Iraqi people, which caused a wide rift among Muslims.”

The Phalanges continued in its statement, “We denounce the visit of those whose hands are stained with the blood of our people, so we accuse Al-Kazimi and some political forces of submitting to the American dictations and forfeiting the rights of the Iraqi people and underestimating the blood of the martyrs and the injured and affected by the crimes of Saudi Arabia and its gangs, and we categorically reject any openness to this country that does not take into account.” Considering it apologizing for its crimes against Iraq, repudiating the fatwas of sectarian incitement issued by its religious institution, and compensating Iraq and the families of the martyrs and the wounded for what the terrorist groups that supported and financed them caused.

The statement of the brigades coincides with the visit of Faisal bin Farhan, the Saudi Foreign Minister, to Baghdad, where he met with government officials led by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi.

Iraq suspends official working hours next Sunday





2020-08-27 13:57

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Shafaq News / The General Secretariat of the Iraqi Council of Ministers announced, on Thursday, that working hours in state departments will be suspended next Sunday.

According to a decision signed in the name of the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Hamid Al-Ghazi and directed to all state ministries and entities not associated with the ministries and governorates, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announces that “the official working hours will be suspended for next Sunday on the occasion of the tenth of Muharram 1442 AH.”

And the Shiite Muslims in Iraq and the world commemorate the death of Imam Hussein on the tenth of Muharram, which falls next Sunday.

It is customary for millions of visitors from inside and outside Iraq to flock to Karbala to mark this occasion, but the authorities prohibit holding public gatherings this year due to the risks of the outbreak of the Corona virus.

A Saudi loan to Iraq worth one billion dollars … and the Minister of Planning: Agreements to be signed between the two countries

Time: 08/27/2020 12:56:51

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The Minister of Planning, Khaled Battal Al-Najm, confirmed, Thursday, that agreements between Iraq and Saudi Arabia will soon be signed.

A statement by the Ministry of Planning stated, “Minister Khaled Battal Al-Najm chaired, today, Thursday, the first meeting of the Economic, Trade, Investment, Development and Relief Committee, emanating from the Iraqi-Saudi Coordination Council.”

The statement added, “The minister reviewed at the beginning of the meeting the positive results that emerged from the visit of the Iraqi delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the period from July 19-20,” indicating that “the Saudi side has a great desire to open broad horizons of cooperation with Iraq, in various Commercial, investment, industrial, agricultural and service fields.

He pointed out, “Iraq welcomes this positive and constructive cooperation, and its readiness to provide the best conditions for its success,” noting “the importance and role of the private sector in the two brotherly countries, in achieving more joint investment.”

 He pointed out that “the visit of the Iraqi delegation to Riyadh resulted in the signing of a number of memoranda of understanding in the areas of standardization and quality control, and the financing of a group of projects from the Saudi soft loan to Iraq, which amounted to one billion dollars.”

The minister affirmed, “The existence of a number of agreements that will be signed between the two countries, after their approval by the House of Representatives, and that the Iraqi side will present a set of proposals to the Saudi side, which include the possibility of financing the stalled projects, including the completion of housing complexes and service projects in sectors.” Health, education, water and sewage. ”

The statement continued, “During the meeting, which was attended by the President of the National Authority for Investment, the Undersecretaries of the Ministries of Trade, Housing and Construction, and the President of the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control, a number of issues on the agenda were discussed, among them work to activate the agreements and memoranda of understanding agreed between the two sides. “Especially with regard to encouraging and protecting the national product, as well as establishing a center for Saudi companies in Iraq, as well as reviewing the government’s relief and humanitarian efforts and restoring stability to the displaced.”

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The Cabinet Secretariat confirms its communication with international companies to implement the e-governance project

08/27/2020 14:25

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Section : Iraq

Baghdad / Obelisk: The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers confirmed, on Thursday August 27, 2020, that it is communicating with local and international companies, to complete the e-governance project.

The spokesman for the secretariat, Haider Majeed, said in an interview with the media, which was followed by Al-Masalla, that the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Hamid Naeem Al-Ghazi, met with the Information and Communication Technology Department of the General Secretariat, and confirmed that the project has reached advanced stages.

Majeed quoted Al-Ghazi as saying that the completion of the e-governance project and its entry into force in its final stages will contribute to simplifying government procedures and combating corruption, and this is what the Iraqi government seeks during the next phase.

Majeed added that the project has reached advanced stages, by linking ministries and governorates electronically, and with national cadres, including several ministries and institutions, and the Information Technology Department is the most important pillar in the implementation of the work stages of the project.

He explained that the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers is communicating with local and international companies to discuss the mechanisms of partnership by providing consultations, to accomplish this vital and giant project.

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Al-Kazemi to the French Minister of Armies: It is necessary to strengthen the relationship with France, to qualify the security capabilities and develop their efficiency

08/27/2020 14:43

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Baghdad / Al-Masala: The Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, received, on Thursday August 27, 2020, the Minister of the French Armies, Florence Parly and her accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they discussed the security situation in Iraq and the region, and supported Iraq’s efforts in its war against terrorism.

According to the statement of the Prime Minister’s Information Office, Al-Kazemi welcomed the French Minister of Armies, and affirmed that France is a partner in the war against terrorism, and the Iraqi government is keen to develop this partnership to reach an integrated strengthening and qualification of Iraqi security capabilities, developing their combat competence, and enhancing the exchange of security information, and indicated that the army Al-Iraqi was subjected to attempts to weaken him, and the government responded to these attempts.

And he indicated that France is a strategic partner for Iraq in its war against the terrorist organization ISIS, in addition to being a friendly country, noting that the relations between Iraq and France are solid relations that extend for many years.

For her part, the French Minister of Armies, Florence Parly, praised the leadership of the Prime Minister, Al-Kazemi, and his ability to achieve successful steps despite the fact that it was only weeks since he took over his government duties.

Parly stressed France’s determination to stand with Iraq in the war against terrorism, and to support the Iraqi security forces, especially since France has participated in the international coalition in the war against ISIS.

Parley indicated that France shares with Iraq that ISIS continues to pose a threat to Iraq and the region, especially its terrorist activities in Syria, and we continue to confront it, and she indicated the important role that the international coalition plays in confronting ISIS, especially with regard to air support and information exchange.

The Minister of the French Armies, Florence Parly, expressed her country’s readiness to resume training efforts for the Iraqi forces that were stopped due to the Corona pandemic, as soon as possible, and in accordance with a new work pattern and framework for the international coalition’s contribution in Iraq, determined by the Iraqi vision and need, and in a way that strengthens the sovereignty of Iraq.

The Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and the Minister of the French Armies also discussed the situation in Syria, and its impact on the stability of Iraq and the region.


The United States calls on all parties in Iraq to respect international humanitarian law and standards

2020/08/27 13:47

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Section : Iraq

Baghdad / Obelisk: The United States Embassy in Baghdad condemned, on Thursday, August 27, 2020, the attack on the wheels of the United Nations in the city of Mosul, Nineveh Governorate.

In a statement received by Al-Masalla, the embassy stated that the United States embassy in Baghdad condemns the attack that affected UN wheels last Wednesday, which are carrying out a humanitarian mission in northern Iraq.

She explained that the most vulnerable people in Iraq depend on the United Nations and other international donors to help people who suffer from food insecurity, including refugees, returnees, and the displaced.

The United States called on all parties in Iraq to respect international humanitarian law and standards and allow aid workers to operate freely and safely while they and their Iraqi partners undertake important humanitarian response work.


General Electric announces an agreement to link the electrical network between Iraq and Jordan






2020-08-27 06:46

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Shafaq News / The CEO of Network Solutions at General Electric, Muhammad Muhaisin, announced on Thursday the existence of the agreement regarding linking the Iraq and Jordan network

Al-Muhaisen said in a statement received by Shafaq News today, that this agreement signed between the Network Solutions Business Unit at General Electric and the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity aims to strengthen the Iraqi power transmission network and link it with the network in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in a step that will greatly contribute to resolving bottlenecks. Especially in congested areas lying on the grid, and the supply of electric power according to the highest levels of reliability


He added that the company’s team continues today to work on building 14 substations, and this new agreement will lay the foundations of the necessary infrastructure for the country’s power transmission network and achieve the desired positive change in various governorates, especially the liberated areas .

And Ban General Electric will take over the design task; And supply; Installation, testing and commissioning work in high-voltage substations and specific overhead transmission lines, in cooperation with local companies, and supplying energy to many areas severely affected during the conflicts in which they arose within the framework of a major initiative that will enhance the streamlining of operations in the national electric power grids throughout Iraq, and provide support To rebuild these areas.

In a meeting with political blocs … Al-Kazemi makes a pledge regarding the American presence in Iraq




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2020-08-27 06:40

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Shafaq News / The “Badr” parliamentary bloc led by Hadi Al-Ameri revealed, on Thursday, a pledge made by the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, during his meeting with the political forces, regarding the American and foreign presence, in general, in the country .

The head of the bloc, Hassan Al-Kaabi, told Shafaq News, “Al-Kazemi confirmed during his meeting with the political forces that he wanted to adopt the issue of the exit of foreign and American forces from Iraq, and to make the issue leave rather than scheduled ,” according to the spokesman.

He indicated that “the word departure is stronger than the word of scheduling or redeployment of foreign forces, and Al-Kazemi’s adoption of this important file in this way has created a state of reassurance among the political forces, and we are waiting and watching, what Al-Kazemi will do with this file during the coming period.”

Al-Kazemi had attended a meeting last night at the home of the leader of the “Al-Fateh” coalition, Secretary-General of the Badr Organization, Hadi Al-Ameri, which included a number of blocs.

The meeting was based on the results of Al-Kazemi’s visit to the United States of America, and the agreements concluded there, especially with regard to the foreign and American presence.

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.