The US State Department warns against closing its embassy in Baghdad if it continues to be targeted

09/27/2020 19:25

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Section : Iraq

Baghdad / Obelisk: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that his country would close its embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in case it continues to be targeted, in a phone call he collected with the Iraqi President, Barham Salih, last Sunday, a senior source in the Iraqi government told CNN.

The source, who preferred to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the issue, said Pompeo issued a final warning to the Iraqi government to take serious steps to stop the attacks on the American compound in Baghdad.

The news about the US Secretary of State’s warning came in conjunction with the two-day visit of the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fuad Hussein, to Iran.

Hussein met the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, on Saturday, and the second said during the meeting that Iran considers the presence of the American armed forces a factor destabilizing the security and stability of the region, according to IRNA.

Rouhani added: We have always supported the Iraqi people and the legitimate government at various times, and the most prominent example of this was helping the Iraqi people and the government during the terrorist attacks launched by ISIS across the country.

When CNN tried to contact the US State Department to comment on this news, its spokesman indicated that it does not comment on the private talks that Pompeo brings with leaders of other countries.

The spokesman said: We have announced our position before: The firing of rockets at our embassy is a threat not only to the Iraqi government, but to the neighboring diplomatic missions and the residents of what was known as the international zone and the surrounding areas, he said.

And the spokesman continued, saying: At a time when America is working to secure financial support for Iraq from the international community and various private sector institutions, the illegal presence of armed factions remains the single and largest factor to undermine investment efforts in Iraq, he said.

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The Iraqi presidencies comment on the declaration of a state of war and warn of crises and dangers



Iraqi presidencies

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Shafaq News / The four Iraqi presidencies, “the republic, the government, the parliament and the judiciary,” affirmed today, Sunday, to restrict weapons to the hands of the state, protect diplomatic missions, and confront “outlaws”, while they indicated that “declaring war” is the prerogative of state institutions and not from The right of any party to declare it.

The Presidency of the Republic said in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, that the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, hosted, today, at the Baghdad Palace, a meeting that included Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, Speaker of Parliament Muhammad Al-Halbousi, and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Faik Zaidan, to discuss the security and political developments and the dangerous repercussions. Implications of the current conditions . ”

The meeting affirmed that “the security developments that occurred in recent times from the continued targeting of civilian and military centers and headquarters, and the continuing assassinations and kidnappings against civilian activists, represent a targeting of Iraq and its sovereignty and the national project on which the current government was formed to achieve stability and preserve the state’s prestige in preparation for holding early elections on the basis of early elections. Fair, as it undermines Iraq’s international reputation and its foreign relations . ”

The meeting pointed out that “the continuing atmosphere of security turmoil and the repercussions that it entails will seriously damage the Iraqi economy and its endeavor to overcome the crisis that resulted from the spread of the Corona pandemic and the drop in oil prices and its revenues, and undermine the chances of leaving the country to safety in the face of crises . ”

The meeting stressed that Iraq is not in a state of war except with “terrorism”, in which the Iraqi people and their vanguard of the military and security forces of all kinds and their diversities have made decisive strides in defeating it and defeating it .

The meeting affirmed that “declaring war is the prerogative of the Iraqi state’s legislative and executive institutions based on the law and the constitution, and that no party has the right to declare a state of war or act on the basis of the state of war within the Iraqi territories, and Iraq, which is persistently affirming its refusal to interfere in the internal affairs of any A state and it refuses to interfere with others in its affairs, as it refuses to turn its land into an arena for settling scores or a springboard for attacks on other countries. The Iraqi patriots agree to establish a fully sovereign nation-state away from the concepts of external governance, interference or dependency .

The meeting noted that “the trend towards which the actions of outlaw groups are heading against the country’s security and sovereignty represents a dangerous trend that exposes Iraq’s stability to real risks, which calls for concerted efforts at all levels and an active presence of the position of the various political forces in order to counter this escalation and support the government’s efforts Iraq to ensure the security and sovereignty of Iraq . ”

The meeting called for close ranks and taking unified, serious and decisive stances to prevent further repercussions, and to take practical measures to ensure security and stability .

The meeting supported the efforts of the Iraqi government to confine weapons in the hands of the state, and prevent the targeting of diplomatic missions, whose responsibility to protect their security and the safety of their installations and personnel falls on the Iraqi side within its applicable international obligations .

The meeting affirmed Iraq’s adherence to the outcomes of the strategic dialogue with the United States and the redeployment agreement from Iraq during agreed stages of time, including long-term cooperation with the United States in various fields, especially cooperation in the field of training and arming the Iraqi security and military forces and the war against ISIS, expressing They hope that the American and international dealing with the latest security developments will be through supporting the Iraqi government to complete its efforts to strengthen the authority of the state and provide security for elections .

The meeting stressed the respect of the important recommendations contained in the statement of His Eminence, the Supreme Religious Authority, Ali al-Sistani, during the reception of his Eminence to the representative of the United Nations in Iraq, as it is preparing a roadmap capable of defusing the crises and proceeding to free and fair early elections and providing its components .

The meeting of the presidencies also discussed the statements that targeted the shrine of the Supreme Leader, His Eminence Al-Sistani, who was and still is the safety valve for Iraq and its people. Health and wellness.

Parliamentary Finance: The funds are insured for the salary of September, and the Ministry bears responsibility for delaying their disbursement

Time: 09/27/2020 08:56:34

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The Parliamentary Finance Committee held the Ministry of Finance responsible for the delay in paying employees’ salaries for the month of September until now.

The reporter of the committee, Ahmed Al-Saffar, said in a press statement, that “after investigation and searching for the real reasons,” it became clear to us that there was no technical or technical failure in the Central Bank’s systems, indicating that “according to our information, then I leave it.

Al-Saffar expressed his dissatisfaction with the ministry’s reluctance to communicate with the Finance Committee, pointing out that “the salaries of employees need 6 trillion and 200 billion dinars, and only our oil revenues cover about 4 trillion dinars.”

Al-Saffar recalled that Parliament had approved the borrowing of 15 trillion dinars, divided into 8 months until the end of the year, taking into account the coverage of other matters that are supposed to be paid monthly, such as debts and obligations towards health and the ration card, so that the monthly deficit becomes about 3 trillion, and by dividing 15 by 3 We will have salary coverage until next October. He wondered: Where did the money go? ”

He said,“ We are surprised at the absence of a permit from the Ministry and the secrecy of the reasons for the delay, calling for quickly funding banks to disburse employees ’salaries.”

Ammar Al-Masoudi


Tomorrow, the head of integrity reveals new procedures for arresting and bringing in new people accused of corruption

Editing date: 9/27/2020 14:15

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The head of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee, MP Thabet Muhammad Saeed, revealed, on Sunday, arrest and recruitment procedures that will affect a new number of people accused of corruption on Monday, refusing to reveal those names because the procedures are being conducted in complete secrecy.

Said said in a statement to Ayna News, that “the Anti-Corruption Committee has directed the security and judicial authorities to take legal measures to arrest and bring in a number of people accused of corruption cases,” stressing that “the implementation of arrest and recruitment will take place tomorrow, Monday.”

He added that “all procedures will be conducted in complete secrecy,” indicating that “the Integrity Committee and the Anti-Corruption Committee are conducting high coordination in all files.”

Earlier, Representative Alia Nassif revealed that the Integrity Committee issued a list of a number of defendants today, Sunday, that includes important personalities.

Barzani receives Al-Araji and discuss coordination between the army and the Peshmerga

Sunday 27 September 2020 | 01:01 PM

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Baghdad / .. The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, received today, Sunday, a delegation from the federal government headed by National Security Adviser Qassem Al-Araji.

According to the regional government’s statement, which was attended by the region’s interior minister, Rieber Ahmed, the meeting discussed the latest developments in the Iraqi arena and the importance of joint security coordination between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army, especially in the Kurdish areas outside the region’s administration, in order to counter the threats of ISIS.

Baghdad intends to send 320 billion dinars to Erbil

Baghdad / Obelisk: The federal government intends, on Sunday, September 27, 2020, to send 320 billion dinars to the Kurdistan region, in exchange for 50% of the imports of the border outlets, while discussions are taking place between Baghdad and Erbil on the 2021 budget.

The official spokesman for the region’s deputy prime minister, Samir Hawrami, said in a statement to the media that an agreement has been reached in principle between the two parties regarding the current year’s budget, pointing out that Baghdad will send 320 billion dinars to the Kurdistan region in exchange for 50% of the imports of the border ports.

He added that the regional government is continuing through meetings and meetings with the federal government in order to formulate a financial strategy for Iraq, pointing out that the ministries of finance and planning in the two governments are continuing in this regard through the weekly meetings to formulate the financial strategy for Iraq, which includes the years 2021, 2022 and 2023.


Hawrami indicated, That this strategy is the basis for the draft budget next year 2021 and fixing the financial dues for the region in the draft general budget law before sending it to the parliament and approving it.


Governor of the Central Bank announces the launch of a paper to reform the banking sector

09/27/2020 13:25

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Section : Iraq

Baghdad / Obelisk: The Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Mustafa Ghaleb Makhaif, announced, on Sunday, September 27, 2020, the proposal to reform the banking sector.  

A statement from the media office of the bank and received by Al-Masala stated that the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq held his first meeting for the banking sector this morning in the central bank building.

The statement added that during the meeting, the future vision for the work of the Central Bank of Iraq in light of the economic crisis was presented, and the terms of the reform paper for the banking sector, which will be started soon.

Mukhaif stressed the importance of developing banking services and products in the next stage, indicating that this bank will support the banking sector to advance its current reality.