Al-Kazemi reveals his expectations for dialogues with the Kurdistan region and sets two conditions to prevent the return of dictatorship

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Baghdad Today – Follow-up

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi confirmed, Thursday, September 10, 2020, that the dialogues with the Kurdistan Regional Government are very positive.

Al-Kazemi began a visit to the Kurdistan region today to discuss the outstanding issues in which he met with the President of the Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, and the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, and it is hoped that tomorrow he will meet with the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani.

Al-Kazemi told a Kurdish media outlet that “there is a clear understanding on the part of us and the regional government, and our dialogues are very positive and successful.”

The Prime Minister visited one of the Anfal campaign sites during his visit to the Kurdistan region, which was implemented by the previous regime in 1988.

“I say to the victims of the former regime in southern and central Iraq and in Kurdistan that this will not be repeated. What happened is Iraqi pain and pain for all of humanity,” Al-Kazemi said.

“We must prevent the return of dictatorship by preserving the democratic system in our country and improving the infrastructure, education and health in order to ensure that what happened will not be repeated,” he said.

Earlier, Ahmed Mulla Talal, a spokesman for the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, confirmed that the government is very optimistic in light of the bilateral emphasis on the continuation of dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil.

Ahmed Mulla Talal said, in a televised interview (Baghdad Today), that “Al-Kazemi held important meetings with the President of the Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, and the head of the regional government, Masrour Barzani.”

Mulla Talal added, “Al-Kazemi inspected the port of Ibrahim Al-Khalil, and there is an agreement between Baghdad and Erbil to resolve all pending issues, and for the constitution to be the rule, and a phased agreement was obtained from 3 months until the end of 2020, and we intend to conclude a new agreement to be implemented under the 2021 budget.”

He continued, “Al-Kazemi will meet tomorrow with the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, and a meeting will be held to deal with the outstanding issues,” pointing out that “Nechirvan Barzani was following up on common issues during his presidency of the regional government and now he is his head and has great experience and he was a few days ago in Baghdad and the topic will be followed up after.” An iftar banquet will be held tomorrow morning, to which the Iraqi government delegation has been invited. ”

“The Iraqi government is very optimistic in light of the bilateral emphasis on continuing the dialogue, and it is possible to reach consensus formulas regarding the federal government’s authority over border crossings and disputed areas, and the oil and gas law,” the Prime Minister’s spokesman affirmed.

He pointed out that “the Iraqi government is responsible for securing the salaries of the region’s employees, but in return, his government must abide by the terms of the interim agreement until the end of the year in preparation for concluding an agreement regarding the 2021 budget.”

Al-Kazemi held two meetings today with the President of the Democratic Party and the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

The first meeting witnessed, according to an official statement, the overall situation on the national scene, the most prominent challenges in the country, the unification of positions at the national level, as well as the file for holding early elections.

Al-Kazemi stressed during the meeting the actual need for reform in Iraq, and for the priority in national action to cross the country over the current challenges.

He pointed out that “the high-level coordination between the armed forces of all kinds and the Peshmerga helped to make victory over the terrorist ISIS gangs, and it is the one who will protect the land and secure the opportunity for prosperity and development for the country.”

The Prime Minister also indicated the importance of integration in the positions between the federal government and the regional government, and stressed that the Kurdistan region is an integral and essential part of Iraq, and that the dialogue and the constitution are the tent that secures a secure future for a unified and stable Iraq. 

He pointed out that “the opportunity is now available to raise the level of Iraqi action on the international scene, to strengthen Iraq’s position among nations.”

For his part, Massoud Barzani expressed his happiness at the visit of the Prime Minister, stressing the availability of intentions for everyone, to make efforts in reform and resolve the outstanding issues between the federal government and the regional government.

In the second meeting with Masrour Barzani, Al-Kazemi confirmed, according to a second statement, that “the experience of security cooperation and integration in the performance of the armed forces in the face of terrorist ISIS has strengthened national unity and made victory possible.”

He also indicated that “the sovereignty of Iraq is the word that unites us as Iraqis, and there is no room for neglecting it, indicating that the opportunity is now available to strengthen joint action and to provide the best effort that serves the Iraqi citizen, as well as to accelerate the pace of preparation for holding early elections, in a way that secures the best honest expression of the people’s voice.” Al-Iraqi and his real choices. ”

Masrour Barzani expressed his happiness at the meeting, stating that “the regional government aims to solve all outstanding issues, and that he is looking forward to consolidating long-term solutions and supporting the efforts of the Al-Kazemi government seeking reform in all areas.”


Dialogue clips … The American ambassador: Al-Kazemi’s visit to Washington resulted in investments that provide job opportunities for Iraqis … and Trump is ready to resolve differences with Iran

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Baghdad / The Obelisk: The obelisk publishes the axes of the televised meeting, for the American ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Toller:

Iraq is a very important country in the Middle East for the United States, capable of contributing to and strengthening regional security.

Iraq could be a positive force for resolving differences in the region and achieving growth.

The United States is seeking to help Iraqis who want a strong government and rule of law.

There are agreements signed during the visit of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to Washington with 5 private American companies, and we hope that they will achieve progress in the fields of energy independence and job opportunities for Iraqis.

These companies will work in the energy and other fields that will improve the electricity supply and create job opportunities.

We believe that it is necessary for the government to provide conditions for employment in the private sector.

Iraq has enormous energy resources and it is good for US companies to seek work and provide successful investments.

The differences with Iran should not affect our relations with Iraq. We support a good relationship between Iraq and Iran, in which the latter respects the sovereignty and stability of Iraq and a strong government capable of resisting any foreign attempts to impose illegal influence.

There is Iraqi and regional concern about regional interference.

We support any Iraqi government that wants to extend its authority and legitimacy, and its rejection of outside interference.

President Donald Trump is ready to enter into discussions to resolve differences with Iran.

The US-Iranian dispute should not affect the situation in Iraq.

Any future US administration, whether democratic or republican, will continue to reject Iranian interference in Iraq.

Our commitment to Iraq will not change with the change of the US administration.

The US embassy is in Iraq to cooperate with his government.

Al-Kazemi held important meetings with the King of Jordan and the President of Egypt, and we believe that they will pave the way for making Iraq an important country in the region.

With regard to the bombing of the Green Zone, the US embassy and Baghdad airport, these attacks aim to undermine the authority of the Iraqi government, and there is determination from Al-Kazemi to assert the rule of law.

The United States is not seeking a long-term presence in Iraq and is staying in place to enable Iraqi forces to upgrade their capabilities in the face of terrorism.

We are working to continue redeployments with decisions made by leaders with great experience that should not affect and allow the return of ISIS’s effectiveness.

The United States has not made any official permission to keep its forces for 3 years, and our survival is linked to reaching the final stage of readiness for the Iraqi forces and the war against ISIS, and this may last for 3 years, and maybe much less.

We respect the Iraqi parliament’s decision to withdraw foreign forces from Iraq, and we believe that the decision is linked to the interests of Iraq and the extent of its need for American survival, and we believe that the appropriate conditions are to reach the stage of ending the threat of ISIS.

American forces are in Iraq to help it fight ISIS, and they have no second purpose.

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In return for sending the region’s salaries, a Kurdish leader, Al-Kazemi, agreed with the Kurdistan government to share oil resources and ports

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The leader, Ali al-Faili, confirmed today, Thursday, that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, during his visit to Kurdistan, agreed with the Kurdistan government to share oil resources and ports equally, in exchange for sending the region’s salaries.

Al-Faili said in press statements followed by Al-Akhbariya, that “Al-Kazimi agreed with the Kurdistan government that oil resources and ports be 50% for each party in exchange for Baghdad’s commitment to send 320 billion dinars per month to the region as salaries for employees and the Peshmerga.”

He pointed out that the Prime Minister’s visit to the Kurdistan region came as a continuation of the mutual marathon visits that took place between Baghdad and Erbil to put the final touches of those agreements, noting that “everyone today is on the threshold of a new relationship between the region and the center, which is to organize the relationship within the frameworks of the law and the constitution.”

Al-Faili pointed out that “Al-Kazemi’s visit to the border outlets and IDP camps in Dohuk carried a certain symbolism and a message that Iraq is a single area politically and is managed in a uniform manner by the federal government with special powers for the region.”

Trump announces a new reduction of US forces in Iraq

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Shafaq News / US President Donald Trump announced, on Thursday, that the  United States will reduce its forces in Iraq to two thousand soldiers within a very short period.

Trump’s comments came during a press conference published by the White House on his Twitter account and reported by the media.

On Wednesday, the US military announced that it would reduce the number of its personnel in Iraq from 5,200 to three thousand, giving an official status to a move that was long expected .

Reuters reported last month that the United States is expected to reduce about a third of its forces in Iraq .

The United States currently has about 5,200 troops in Iraq deployed to fight Islamic State. Officials from the US-led coalition said the Iraqi armed forces were now largely able to deal on their own with the remnants of the militant group .

“We continue to expand our partner’s capabilities support programs to empower Iraqi forces, allowing us to reduce our presence in Iraq, ” said General Frank McKenzie, commander of the US Central Command, during a visit to Iraq .

A senior US administration official said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump will announce the withdrawal of more US forces from Iraq .

The United States and Iraq confirmed in June their commitment to reduce US forces in the country in the coming months, with Washington not intending to maintain permanent bases or a permanent military presence .

In 2016, Trump’s election campaign called for an end to America’s “never-ending wars”, but US forces are still present in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, albeit in smaller numbers .

During his meeting with the Iraqi prime minister last month, Trump reiterated his promise to withdraw US forces from Iraq .

Trump’s meeting with the Iraqi prime minister came at a time when tensions between the United States and Iran are witnessing a new escalation after Washington said it would seek the United Nations to reimpose all the US sanctions it was imposing on Tehran .

Earlier this year, the Iraqi parliament voted in favor of withdrawing US forces, and US and other forces in the coalition have begun to gradually leave the country.

After Parliament, Allawi in Parliamentary Finance “removes the tension and melts the ice.”


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2020-09-10 14:22

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Shafaq News / The Parliamentary Finance Committee announced, on Thursday, that Minister Ali Allawi will host to discuss the financial situation and the government reform paper, noting that his presence “eliminated the tension and melted the ice” between the legislative and executive authorities.

Committee member Jamal Cougar told Shafaq News, “The Parliamentary Finance Committee hosted today, Minister of Finance Ali Allawi and the advanced cadre in the ministry to discuss the state’s financial situation,” indicating that the committee clarified “the minister’s point of view of the reform paper that the government will present to Parliament.”

Cougar added, “The hosting touched on the state’s joints, including border crossings, taxes and banks, in addition to discussing financial imports, the challenges facing the government, reforming the executive and supervisory apparatus, and working together to overcome the crisis.”

And Cougar stated, “The presence of the Finance Minister to host has removed the tension and melted ice between the two parties,” stressing the need for “the legislative and executive authorities to be close to each other to overcome the tension in the current situation, given that the stage is sensitive.”

On Tuesday, the Iraqi Council of Representatives hosted the Ministers of Finance and Planning after submitting an oral question to them about the economic reform paper included in the domestic and foreign borrowing law.

Parliamentary Finance reveals important information about the results of Al-Kazemi’s visit to the region

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{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Parliamentary Finance Committee revealed, on Thursday, important information about the results of the visit of Parliament Speaker Mustafa Al-Kazemi to the Kurdistan region.

Committee reporter Ahmed Al-Saffar said {to Al-Furat News} that “Al-Kazemi’s visit to the Kurdistan region is very important and came on time, because there are pagan visits by Kurdish delegations to Baghdad,” referring to “reaching good solutions to problems that have been pending for years, especially in the issue of ports, salaries and Article 140.” . 

He added that “the region will pay them to the share that is determined from the oil in exchange for the federal budget,” pointing to “the agreement on the main headlines, including the delivery of a quantity of oil to the Sumo company, and another amount remains to be paid to the producing companies, transport fees and others.”

Al-Saffar announced, “It was agreed to hand over 50% of the region’s revenues to the federal government in accordance with the Financial Management Law, Article {29} for its four paragraphs.”

The reporter of the Parliamentary Finance Committee concluded his speech by saying, “The problems between Baghdad and Erbil are old and unresolved, and they are related to public money and there are rights and obligations.”

And arrived Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, on Thursday morning, to the Erbil governorate in the Kurdistan region.

During his visit to Erbil, Al-Kazemi met the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, in the presence of a number of officials in the regional government.

Al-Kazemi said during the meeting, that the sovereignty of Iraq is the word that unites us as Iraqis, and there is no room for abandoning it, indicating that the opportunity is now available to strengthen joint action and provide the best effort that serves the Iraqi citizen, as well as accelerate the pace of preparation for holding early elections, in a way that secures the best honest expression of The voice of the Iraqi people and their true choices.

Al-Kazemi also inspected during his visit to the region, Ibrahim al-Khalil crossing in the Zakho district of Dohuk governorate, and met with a number of officials in it, familiarizing himself with the workflow, customs and tax procedures and their mechanisms at the important border crossing.

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Hawrami: The KRG is ready to deliver half of the ports’ imports to Baghdad

2020.09.10 – 19:28

Baghdad – People   

The spokesman for the Vice President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Samir Hawrami, confirmed today, Thursday, that the Kurdistan Regional Government is ready to hand over half of the ports’ imports to Baghdad.  

Hawrami said in a press statement, followed by “People” (September 10, 2020), “The Kurdistan government has no problem with the prime minister’s visit to Ibrahim al-Khalil port or other border crossings.”  

He added, “Kurdistan has informed the federal government that it is ready to jointly manage the crossings between them and hand over 50% of its revenues to Baghdad.”  

He pointed out that “if Baghdad decides to send monitoring committees to the crossings, their tasks will be facilitated and cooperation with them in this regard.”  

He pointed out that “Al-Kazemi’s visit today focused on many details to solve the problems between Baghdad and Erbil through dialogue, and this will be clear by agreeing on the share of the Kurds in the budget next year, while the region showed its flexibility for full cooperation.”

Al-Kazemi lays a wreath at the site of the Anfal crime: the sacrifices paved the way for the demise of the dictatorship

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, visited, on Thursday, September 10, 2020, a scene from the notorious Anfal crime scenes. 

Obelisk publishes the text of the statement:

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi visits one of the Anfal crime sites during his visit to the Kurdistan region


The Prime Minister, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi, visited one of the infamous Anfal crime scenes.

He laid a wreath and recited Surat Al-Fatiha as a tribute to the victims of the heinous crime.

His Excellency met with a group of citizens from the families of the angry victims, and listened to them and the sacrifices of their relatives that paved the way towards building a free and democratic Iraq, just as they paved the way for the demise of dictatorship.

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The Office of the Commander in Chief resolves the situation regarding the clan’s weapons and talks about information about the launchers of Katyusha

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Baghdad Today – Follow-up

The Office of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces confirmed that the security forces did not target the clans in disarmament operations in the south, while talking about the availability of information regarding the launchers of Katyusha rockets at the Green Zone.

The spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Major General Yahya Rasool, said in a televised interview that she followed (Baghdad Today), “We have information about the Katyusha rocket launchers in the Green Zone, but we will not disclose it now because we deal with the information professionally, professionally and in an accurate manner, and the battle is now an intelligence battle, and if accurate information is available, it is possible.” Executing specific action to prevent killings and terrorist operations. ”

Regarding the security operations to restrict weapons, Rasoul said, “We expect significant and significant results for weapons seizure operations within days, which target outlaws, such as robbery killing gangs and arms dealers.”

“The security forces did not go to Basra and Maysan to fight. There are no terrorists to fight them, and what is being carried out is weapons searches with seizing any weapons outside the authority of the state and arresting drug traffickers and others with other crimes, including murder.”

He stressed that “the security forces did not go to Basra and Maysan to disarm the tribes, and our goal is to stop the conflicts.”

He explained in another file that what was published on the communication sites regarding a book warning Iraqi and foreign security companies contracting with the American side is inaccurate.

The commander of Basra Operations, Major General Akram Saddam Madanf, announced, on Wednesday (September 09, 2020), the results of the “ sincere promise ” operations, which were launched to confine weapons in the hands of the state, last Saturday.

In a statement received (Baghdad Today), Medanf said, “The operations of the sincere promise, page three, were concentrated in the north, south and west regions of Basra Governorate.”

He added, “The security forces managed to arrest 34 wanted persons in the judiciary according to the arrest warrants.”

And the operations commander added, “A group of drug traffickers were arrested in the north of Basra,” noting that “the sincere promise operations are widely welcomed and greatly concerned by the people of Basra Governorate.”

He pointed out that “the units participating in the process of sincere promise to Basra have achieved good progress and positive results.”

On Thursday (September 10, 2020), the joint operations announced the launch of a security operation in the governorates of Kirkuk, Mosul, Maysan and Diyala.

Al-Iraqiya TV, the semi-official channel, reported that “the joint operations began a duty of inspection to pursue wanted men in Hawija, while operations in western Nineveh began with the duty to search and cleanse the village of Ain Al-Hussan, south of Mosul.”

She added, “The rapid response began to search the Al-Adl and Al-Salam areas in Maysan to confiscate unauthorized weapons, while another security operation was launched to cleanse the areas of Zor Diyala River.”

Al-Kazemi from Erbil: The opportunity is available to ‘zero-sum’ the problems between Baghdad and Erbil

2020.09.10 – 16:36

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On Thursday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi discussed with the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government the outstanding problems between Baghdad and Erbil, during his visit today to the region.   

A statement from Barzani’s office, which “People” received a copy of (September 10, 2020), stated that “he received the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, today 2020, the Prime Minister of the Federal Council Mustafa Al-Kazemi and his accompanying delegation.”  

Barzani expressed his “happiness at the visit of the Federal Prime Minister, and considered it a positive sign towards solving the outstanding problems between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government.”  

Barzani stressed that “the outstanding problems between the region and the federal government are not limited to salaries and the share of the budget, and expressed hope that the two sides will be able to resolve all outstanding problems in the near future, radically, and on the basis of the constitution.”  

The Prime Minister of the region said, “The salaries of employees are a fair right, whether they are in the region or in any other part of Iraq, and they should not be drawn into political disputes.”  

He pointed out that “the Kurdistan region and Iraq in general are facing challenges, a financial crisis, and a very difficult circumstance,” adding, “Therefore, we are ready to solve all outstanding problems, in the interest of all Iraqis.”  

Barzani stressed “the importance of settling disputes over the budget, oil and Kurdish regions outside the administration of the region and the constitutional rights of the Peshmerga, and he pointed to the need to activate the joint security coordination mechanism between the Peshmerga and the Federal Army in areas outside the region’s administration to deal with ISIS threats.”  

For his part, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi affirmed that “his visit to the Kurdistan region is a strong indication of our readiness to solve all outstanding problems and lay new and solid foundations for relations that are based on cooperation and mutual understanding between the two sides.”  

Al-Kazemi said, “I am optimistic that we will be able to meet all challenges with cooperation and coordination between all components of the Iraqi people, and now there is an opportunity available and a good understanding to solve all outstanding problems.”