Baghdad and Erbil put the final touches to the normalization agreement in Sinjar



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Kurdistan Region

2020-10-08 13:50

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Shafaq News / The Minister of Interior of the Kurdistan Regional Government stated, on Thursday, that he will visit Baghdad tomorrow to finalize the agreement to normalize the situation in Sinjar, the stronghold of the Yazidi Kurds in the northeast of Nineveh Governorate.

“I will be in Baghdad tomorrow to finalize an agreement with the federal government to normalize the situation and restore stability in the Sinjar region,” Reaper Ahmed said in a tweet.

ISIS invaded Sinjar district in 2014 and committed a massacre against its residents, before the Peshmerga forces regained it the following year.

However, the Iraqi army backed by the Popular Mobilization Forces invaded the region due to the tension between the region and the federal government against the backdrop of the independence referendum in 2017.

The Iraqi authorities installed new officials in the district in place of the elected officials who withdrew from the area to Dohuk Governorate when the Iraqi forces advanced.

There are currently two local governments for Sinjar, one of which was appointed by the federal government authorities, and the second is the elected government, which conducts its business from Dohuk Governorate.

The anti-Ankara PKK also formed a faction loyal to it there, called the “Sinjar Protection Units” and receives salaries from the Iraqi government as a faction under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Forces.

The Kurdish workers reject repeated calls from the Kurdistan Region to leave the region that is under Turkish attacks from time to time, which impedes the return of tens of thousands of displaced Yazidis to their homes.

US sanctions on Iranian banks

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US sanctions on Iran

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2020-10-08 12:35

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Shafaq News / Today, Thursday, the US Treasury announced the imposition of sanctions on 18 Iranian banks, as part of the policy of maximum pressure exercised by the US administration against the regime in Tehran, against the background of the dispute between them over the Iranian nuclear program and other files.

The US Treasury Department indicated that it “considers the financial sector of the Iranian economy subject to Executive Order 13902”.

She added, “The prohibitions of the executive order do not apply to operations relating to agricultural commodities, food, medicine, or medical devices.”

“The US Treasury issued a general license to allow certain operations related to Iranian financial institutions that are prohibited under the aforementioned executive order,” she said.

The European Union announces that it has taken steps to remove Iraq from the list of high risk countries

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Wednesday ، 07 October 2020 11:30 PM

The ambassador of the European Union said that we have taken a number of steps to remove the name of Iraq from the list of high-risk countries, according to an urgent news broadcast by Al-Arabiya Al-Hadath a short while ago .

Before that, Fuad Hussein, the Iraqi foreign minister, assured the head of the UN mission to strengthen the security of vital areas, according to an urgent news broadcast by Al-Arabiya TV a short while ago, and the Iraqi foreign minister said: We made great efforts to establish security in the Green Zone and the airport .

Earlier, the government security media cell in Iraq confirmed that some infiltrators had created friction with the security forces during the forty-day visit in Karbala governorate, explaining that during the forty visit ceremony of Imam Hussein, peace be upon him, in the holy city of Karbala, numbers of demonstrators gathered this afternoon from various provinces In the Education Square in the Karbala governorate, they headed towards Bab Al-Qibla and tried to enter through a road not intended for entry .

An American delegation discusses enhancing investment and trade with the Kurdistan Region

An American delegation discusses enhancing investment and trade with the Kurdistan Region

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Economy News – Baghdad

The US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, David Copley, met, on Thursday, with a number of businessmen and the American Chamber of Commerce in Erbil, to discuss the trade environment and international investment opportunities in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

Copley emphasized that the United States wants to bring investment into Iraq, but the ability to do so is linked to the security situation and corruption.

Copley was accompanied by Consul General Rob Waller and President of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Kurdistan Region Abu Zayd League, economic relations advisor at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in the Kurdistan Region, and representatives of 8 companies and businessmen.

Copley announced to the attendees that the United States of America is ready to strengthen relations with the Kurdistan Region, especially in the trade sector.

During his visit to Erbil, he held several meetings, including his meeting with the political leadership in the Kurdistan Region.

Copley and Waller announced the commitment of the United States of America to support all forms of economic openness in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, and the US Consulate General in Erbil is working with a number of American organizations, including the American Chamber of Commerce in the Kurdistan Region and the American Trade Council in the Kurdistan Region, to bring in a large number of trade delegations. The American Council for the Kurdistan Region in order to identify and clarify the opportunities, which resulted in opening branches of many American brands and opening offices for sale in the Kurdistan Region.

The Kurdistan Regional Government Investment Commission confirmed the creation of US investments to implement hundreds of investment projects in the Kurdistan Region, and the Kurdistan Regional Government announced its support for US investment in the Kurdistan Region.

One of the goals of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Kurdistan Region is to build a bridge for relationships between American merchants and their counterparts in the Kurdistan Region.

The Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Kurdistan Region, Barbara Apple, said: “We are here as a source of reassurance for American merchants, and if we do not have the answers, we will communicate to find the answers. All parties are in the Kurdistan Region, and we can support putting the economy on its feet. ”

Iraq announces a record number of outlet revenues within one day


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2020-10-08 11:39

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Shafaq News / The Border Ports Authority announced, on Thursday, that the revenues of the central port of Umm Qasr amounted to more than 5 billion dinars on Wednesday.

The commission said in a statement received by Shafaq News, that “the total revenues generated from customs and tax revenues at the port of Umm Qasr Middle Port in Basra Governorate and on October 7, 2020 amounted to (5,781,468,000) billion Iraqi dinars resulting from the trade exchange movement in the aforementioned port.”

The commission affirmed its “constant and relentless endeavor to maximize state revenues to overcome the financial crisis the country is going through, and to achieve high revenues consistent with government support and the directives of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi in enhancing the security reality, imposing state prestige and providing a safe environment for workers at border crossings.”

Barzani: The Kurdistan Region faces an opportunity to become an important commercial center

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Masrour Barzani

Kurdistan Region

2020-10-08 11:26

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Shafaq News / The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani said on Thursday that the region faces an opportunity to become an important commercial center in Iraq and the region.

This came during his supervision of a meeting of the Supreme Economic Council in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and a number of concerned ministers and governors, according to a statement issued by the regional government received by Shafaq News.

At the outset of the meeting, the Prime Minister indicated that “although the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the world in general are facing a difficult economic situation, the ninth ministerial formation continues in its work aimed at developing and reviving the economy in order to establish a solid and effective economic structure.”

The Prime Minister emphasized that “the Kurdistan Region has an opportunity to become an important commercial center in Iraq and the region in order to attract foreign investments to implement strategic projects.”

In another paragraph of the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Amang Rahim presented a report of the special committee concerned with the problem of the quality of gasoline and imported fuels, and in light of this, all proposals to solve the problem were approved, including unifying and updating technical, health and environmental safety standards for the quality of these fuels and throughout the region.

It was agreed to organize and develop central laboratories for checking the quality of fuels and to reinforce them with the necessary checking devices and supplies. It was also decided to direct the Ministry of Interior and Commercial Security and commercial control teams to follow up the issue of the quality of imported fuels at border points, fuel depots and fuel stations, and to prevent anyone who uses inappropriate chemicals to raise the quality of gasoline in a manner. It is unsound, which negatively affects the health of citizens, endangers their lives and casts a shadow over the environment of the Kurdistan Region, as well as its negative consequences for the economy. The Council of Ministers authorized the concerned authorities to take the most stringent legal measures against violators.

It was also stressed at the meeting that taxes should be collected from the profits of companies importing fuel, provided that these measures do not contribute to increasing fuel prices for consumers.

In another axis of the meeting, the Prime Minister presented the outlines of the draft law on intellectual property protection, which aims to protect intellectual rights in all artistic, literary, scientific, commercial and industrial fields, to support the artistic and scientific movement and protect the rights of workers in these areas.

The Legal Committee in the Council of Ministers was directed to expedite the review of the draft law, to be prepared and presented to the Council of Ministers for approval and referred to Parliament, because this law has an important role in stimulating the economy and stimulating companies in light of supporting intellectual property rights, as well as to prevent any violation of these rights As well as putting an end to the operations of counterfeiting and forgery of products and preventing unfair competition.

Al-Rafidain announces the distribution of salaries for Rusafa health and health departments in the governorates

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Al-Rafidain Bank announced, on Thursday, the distribution of salaries for Al-Rasafa health and health departments in the provinces.

The media office of the bank said in a statement. That “the salaries of the Rusafa Health Department in Baghdad and other health departments in the governorates were paid.”

The statement added, “The exchange was done through the international Master

Determine the date for sending the region’s employees’s salaries

Editing date: 10/8/2020 16:09


Representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan bloc in the House of Representatives, Shirwan Mirza, confirmed, Thursday, that Baghdad will send the salaries of the employees of the Kurdistan region within the coming days.

MP Sherwan explained, according to his party’s media, that “Baghdad will send an amount of 320 billion dinars as salaries to Kurdistan Region employees next week,” indicating that “the salaries will arrive in conjunction with the distribution of Iraqi employees’ salaries for the month of September.”

He added, “Baghdad will send an amount of 320 billion dinars, according to an agreement concluded with the region for a period of 3 months,” stressing “the necessity for the federal and regional governments to reach a new agreement that guarantees the continuation of sending sums of money that include paying the salaries of employees in Kurdistan.”

For the first time … an Israeli-Jordanian airspace agreement that includes countries, including Iraq




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2020-10-08 07:14

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Shafaq News / An Israeli website said on Thursday that his country and Jordan had signed an agreement allowing for the first time flights across the airspace of the two countries.

The website “Israel in Arabic” said in a tweet published today on the social networking platforms “Twitter” that the agreement “will lead to shortening the travel hours between the Gulf countries, Asia and the Far East, and between Europe and North America.”

The website added that the agreement includes the routes of flights departing from countries such as Iraq  , the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

The agreement allows commercial flights to operate through the airspace of the two countries. And that after negotiations that lasted for several years, according to the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation.

The pace of these negotiations was accelerated after the conclusion of a peace treaty between Israel and the UAE and the approval of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the passage of flights originating from Israel in its airspace.

Concerning the disputed areas … the Peshmerga reveals details of their understandings with the joint operations

Time: 10/08/2020 12:23:16

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Ministry of Peshmerga in the Kurdistan Regional Government revealed the details of its understandings with the Joint Operations Command regarding the disputed areas.

The Secretary-General of the Ministry, Jabbar Yawar, said in an interview with Al-Furat News that “two supreme committees were formed to coordinate between the ministry and joint operations. A group of meetings were held and we reached some understandings.”

He added, “We hope that we will reach a complete agreement for coordination and military security work to completely expel ISIS from the areas where terrorist operations are increasing, especially in (Diyala, Salah al-Din, Kirkuk, Makhmour, Qarat Jokh and the Nineveh Plain).”

“We are working on 3 steps, which are forming centers and coordination between the Peshmerga and the federal forces, and the implementation of joint operations in these areas, in addition to merging the defensive line of the Peshmerga line and a line for the federal forces from Khanaqin to Nineveh and making it a single security line because we are all Iraqi security forces,” Yawar said.

The Ministry of Peshmerga in the Kurdistan region, on Saturday, revealed the fact of joint coordination with the army to protect the disputed areas.

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan website quoted the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Peshmerga Jabbar al-Yawar as saying, “The news about opening coordination centers between the Peshmerga and the army in Khanaqin, Kirkuk, Nineveh and others, has nothing to do with the truth, stressing that no coordination center has been opened in the disputed areas.”

Al-Yawar added, “The two sides reached a common understanding; But until the moment, no formal agreement has been reached between the Ministries of Defense and the Peshmerga regarding the return of the Peshmerga to those areas. ”

The Joint Operations Command announced, last July, after meetings with the Peshmerga forces in Erbil, that it discussed important field issues related to the border areas separating the provincial guards Federal troops along the dividing line as well as security gaps and voids exploited by terrorist groups.

Wafa Fatlawi