With a broad smile, Al-Halbousi and Al-Kazemi are looking for a solution

PoliticsAl HalbousiAl-Kazemi 2020-10-15 13:09A- A A+

Shafaq News / On Thursday, the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi discussed with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi the latest developments in the country.

A statement by the Media Office of the Speaker of Parliament, received by Shafaq News, stated: In continuation of the integration of work between the executive and legislative authorities, Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi received Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi.

The statement added; It was “discussed (in the meeting) the overall developments in the situation, and the challenges facing the country, and finding ways to solve them.”


A change in the exchange rate and the value of salaries of groups … Fears that the white paper will turn into a “ red ”

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The economic expert, Abdul Rahman Al-Mashhadani, described, on Thursday (October 15, 2020), the white paper for financial reform that the government submitted to Parliament as “red”, while stressing that it needs eight years to implement it.

Al-Mashhadani said in a televised interview with (Baghdad Today), that “the paper presented by the government to Parliament is a red card, not a white one, and it needs great sacrifices from the Iraqi people from the middle and poor classes, because the reform paper will reduce the salary ceiling and raise the exchange rate, and the poverty rate will rise in Iraq”.

He added, “The paper has many positive aspects, but it is not suitable for the crisis that Iraq is witnessing now, which will continue until the end of next year with the drop in the price of oil,” noting that “it is a master’s thesis, not a government reform program, and it takes 8 years to implement it.”

He pointed out that “if parliament approves this white paper, it is expected that the new parliament, after the elections, will cancel the paper.”

And the agency (Baghdad Today), Tuesday (10/13/2020), published the terms of the “white paper” submitted by the government to the House of Representatives.

The introduction to the “ white paper ”, submitted by the government of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to Parliament, and which (Baghdad today) has obtained its full version: “This white paper includes the final report of the emergency cell for financial reform, with the aim of managing the financial situation. In light of the current financial crisis, and developing the necessary solutions to achieve financial reform and improve the management of financial institutions, the cell has undertaken the development of the economic reform program stipulated in the Domestic and Foreign Borrowing Law No. (5) of 2020, with the aim of restructuring the Iraqi economy to face the next challenges.


State: The emergence of a technical committee to schedule the redeployment of US forces outside Iraq

Time: 10/15/2020 18:16:57

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed the emergence of a technical committee to coordinate with the American side to schedule the redeployment of American forces outside Iraq.

“Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein chaired a meeting attended by National Security Adviser Qassem Al-Araji, and representatives of a number of Iraqi sector agencies involved in the security file,” said the ministry’s spokesman, Ahmed Al-Sahhaf, in a statement.

He added, “The meeting took place at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry, today, Thursday, when a technical committee emerged from it to undertake the task of coordinating with the American side to schedule the redeployment of US forces outside Iraq.”

Al-Sahhaf indicated, “This committee is one of the outcomes of the ongoing strategic dialogue between the Iraqi government and the American government that took place in Washington on August 19, 2020.”

Wafa Al-Fatlawi


The Iraqi Central Bank imposes tutelage on a bank with an Iranian contribution


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Shafaq News / A government source revealed on Thursday that the Central Bank of Iraq imposed tutelage on the “Islamic Cooperation” Bank financed by Iranian banks in the country.

The source told Shafaq News that the Central Bank imposed trusteeship on the bank, based on the decision of the board of directors of this bank and based on paragraph (1 / d) of Article (59) of the Banking Law No. 94 of 2004

The source indicated to the formation of a committee from this bank to supervise it and take all the powers granted to it, according to the above banking law.

It is noteworthy that the biggest contributors to this “Islamic Cooperation” bank are Iranian banks, which are “New Economy, Shawarzi”.


Sources: Washington gives Sudan 24 hours for normalization with Israel

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, Sudanese media reported that the United States gave Sudan 24 hours to submit an answer regarding removing its name from the list of countries supporting terrorism and normalizing relations with Israel

. Last month, Israeli media reported that there was a call for a “tripartite meeting in Abu Dhabi between American officials the Emirati and Sudanese on the normalization of relations between Khartoum and Tel Aviv agreement ”

and trying the US administration of President Donald Trump put pressure is enormous on Sudan to normalize its relations with Israel and sign a ” peace agreement ” in exchange for write – off of Khartoum from the list of state sponsors of terrorism and financial aid from the Gulf states

came in the offer Finally, the United States will work to remove Sudan from the list of travel ban countries according to Executive Order 9983 issued last January, which includes visas for the Green Card Lottery.

Washington affirms in the offer its intention to facilitate private investment in Sudan by introducing the necessary amendments to the Darfur Peace Act of 2006, in addition to hosting an investment conference for Sudan with its allies

. The offer mentioned that Washington pledges to provide wheat, medicine and other aid to Sudan, as well as to write off 3 billion dollars from its debt owed to the United States by the fiscal year starting in October 2021

and will lead the United States efforts to convene a meeting of the Paris Club with creditors to discuss debt relief and in line with the HIPC initiative debt “HIPC”

states that , despite taking the administrations of former President Barack Obama, the current President Donald Trump Steps to significantly improve bilateral relations with Sudan, including by lifting some economic sanctions. The inclusion of Sudan on the list of state sponsors of terrorism remained a major obstacle to easing the current economic situation.

The classification prevents the American government from providing economic aid to Sudan and requires Washington to oppose loans and grants to Khartoum from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which are dominated by the West.


Saudi Arabia is looking to raise its investments in Iraq to 2.6 billion dollars

Time: 10/15/2020 11:52:39

{International: Al-Furat News} A joint coordination committee revealed that Saudi Arabia is looking forward to raising investments in Iraq to 10 billion riyals (2.6 billion dollars), calling for the importance of accelerating the formation of a joint business council and facilitating the work of Saudi companies and the private sector.

Yesterday, the second meeting of the Economic, Trade, Investment and Relief Committee of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council was held in the capital, Riyadh, headed by Minister of Investment, Chairman of the Committee for the Saudi side, Khaled Al-Falih, and Minister of Planning Khaled Battal Al-Najm.

Al-Falih stressed the importance of developing relations between the two countries in all its aspects through the work of the committees emanating from the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council, stressing commitment to implementing the work assigned to the committee by the Saudi side of the Coordination Council, and continuing to work to facilitate the economy, investment, trade, development and relief, and to develop them according to executive programs and plans with indicators Performance and specific timetables for implementation in accordance with a clear governance framework for both sides, in order to enhance the strategic integration between Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

Al-Falih explained that the Saudi side has worked on many tasks entrusted to it since the end of the work of the Coordination Council from its third meeting in Riyadh on the twentieth of July (July) last, indicating that the business sector in the Kingdom is interested in investment opportunities in Iraq, especially in the field of energy and industry. Mineral wealth and agriculture.

He pointed out that there are a number of companies investing in Iraq now, and there is also a real desire for a number of Saudi companies to expand their investments in Iraq, as despite the challenges, there are Saudi investments in Iraq that exceed two billion riyals in size, stressing that the ambitions are much higher. This confirms the Saudi side’s keenness on additional investments that are expected to reach 10 billion riyals (2.6 billion dollars) approximately in various sectors.

Al-Falih, Chairman of the Committee, explained the importance of strengthening the economic partnership between the two countries to serve the business sector, and the importance of accelerating the formation of the Saudi-Iraqi Business Council in line with aspirations, as well as enabling the Saudi private sector to invest in Iraq and expand that through what is provided by the agreement to encourage and protect mutual investments. Between the two countries that require approval by the Iraqi side. Al-Falih explained that the trade exchange between the two countries is less than hoped. As the Kingdom’s exports to Iraq represent a very small percentage in the Iraqi market compared to neighboring countries, which require addressing the challenges facing Saudi exports, including preventing the import of some goods and imposing high fees to protect a local product on a number of goods.

Al-Fayez expressed his optimism that the committee’s work will contribute to increasing the economic growth of the two countries through the opening of a new port in Arar and its readiness on both sides, including the complementary works of clearing, transporting, handling and operating for maintenance purposes, praising the growth in the number of trips between the two countries that jumped to nearly 20 per cent. percent, reaching 3566 flight last year 2019.

He noted Minister Al – Faleh to the readiness of the Saudi development Fund to accelerate the financing of development projects in Iraq in accordance with the mechanism established for the Fund.

For his part, the Iraqi Minister of Planning, Chairman of the Committee on the Iraqi side, Dr. Khaled Al-Najm, confirmed the interest that Iraq is receiving from Saudi Arabia, explaining that Iraq is looking forward to Saudi investments and that it will work with members of the committee and the relevant authorities in Iraq to urgently solve the challenges and obstacles that he referred to. Chairman of the committee for the Saudi side.

Al-Najm explained the importance of opening a new port in Arar due to its positive repercussions on the economy of the two countries, noting that there are more than 6 thousand projects whose value exceeds $ 100 billion that require foreign investments, adding that the Kingdom is one of the countries that Iraq is looking forward to seizing the opportunities of current projects.

Al-Najm stressed the importance of activating the Saudi-Iraqi Business Council and its desire to find joint work between the National Investment Commission in Iraq and its counterpart in the Kingdom, indicating that the National Investment Commission in Iraq has directed work with Saudi investors, whether to solve challenges or work on investment opportunities in Iraq. 

Al-Najm indicated that Iraq is currently reviewing the regulations, among which is the participation system between the private and public sector that will enable more investments, revealing the follow-up of the committee’s work through working groups that meet on a monthly basis and easy mechanisms to follow up initiatives and commitments, evaluate projects, and consider legislation and its capabilities.

Ammar Al-Masoudi


The Central Bank clarifies its vision for reforming the banking sector

Time: 10/15/2020 08:32:01

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) A few days ago, the Central Bank of Iraq presented a vision to reform the reality of the banking sector in the country to strengthen the financial stability system based on competition.

The governor of the bank, Mustafa Ghaleb Makhaif, stated in a press statement that “the future vision for the work of the Central Bank of Iraq is centered in light of the economic crisis through the goals that it seeks to achieve and specified under its amended Law No. 56 of 2004, the most important of which are (ensuring the stability of local prices and strengthening the system A stable financial system based on competition), to continue achieving the strategic objectives set out in the 2016-2020 plan.

“To this end, the bank recently presented the terms of the reform paper for the banking sector, which has been initiated now, because of its importance in developing banking services and products in the next stage, and through it, the banking sector will be supported to advance its current reality. Of the specific criteria adopted by the bank, and on the basis of which the operating banks were classified.

He pointed out that “this classification will be reviewed at the end of this year, and continue to do so for the following seasons.”

He said, “This step comes within the framework of enhancing confidence in the banking sector and improving the quality of services provided to the public, as well as enhancing competitiveness in the Iraqi banking sector.” customers “, stressing that” this category will be an opportunity for those banks to prove its seriousness in achieving reform requirements and the payment of depositors and shareholders dues owed by those banks. ”

Ammar al – Masoudi


The Minister of Planning announces the population of Iraq and an important agreement with the region

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{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Federal Ministry of Planning and the Ministry of Planning in the Kurdistan Regional Government agreed today, Thursday, to unify the quality control instructions at border crossings, and to conduct a general census.

The Minister of Planning in the region, Dara Rashid, said during a press conference with the Minister of Planning Khaled Battal al-Najm, Irbil: “The two sides discussed today, several important issues related to the agreement of the Kurdistan region and Baghdad, including issues unifying specific instructions for control at border crossings, and conducting a general census, in general. 2021 “.

For his part, the Minister of Federal Planning said: The visit to a region comes under the directives of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to follow up and address points contained in the Irbil and Baghdad agreement.

He added that the meetings between the two ministries will continue, indicating that the population throughout Iraq is about 40 million people.


Disclosure of Iraqi-Israeli-American communication to discuss “normalization”


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Shafaq News / Today, Thursday, the Iraqi politician, close to the US administration, Mithal Al-Alusi, revealed an Iraqi-Israeli-American contact to discuss “normalization” between Baghdad and Tel Aviv.

Al-Aousi said, to Shafaq News Agency, that “senior officials in the Green Zone in central Baghdad had, during the past few days, joint collective contacts with American and Israeli officials, during which they discussed ways that serve and develop mankind from the mazes of terrorism, in addition to the issue of normalization between Baghdad and Tall Abib. ”

According to Al-Alusi, “there is not a single Iraqi politician who lived in the West and did not have a relationship with the Israelis,” noting that “the relationship between Iraqi Israelis is intimate and it is a great relationship.”

Al-Alusi added, “Iraq is basically ready for the normalization of relations with Tel Aviv, and Iraq is in dire need of this normalization,” according to him.

Al-Alusi, the founder and former president of the Iraqi Nation Party, had previously called on the Iraqi government to normalize relations with Israel, along the lines of the UAE.

On September 21, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fuad Hussein, revealed Iraq’s position on concluding a “peace with Israel” treaty, similar to the one recently concluded in Washington .

Hussein said, “The course of affairs is being followed up seriously,” stressing that “Iraq has up to now committed to the decisions of the Arab summits, one of which was held in Baghdad in 2012 .

The Iraqi foreign minister described the step as “sensitive”, stressing that “decisions are taken within the social framework .”

“Ahmed Mulla Talal,” a spokesman for the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, said in a press conference, on August 26, that Iraqi laws prevent normalization with Israel, commenting on the recent normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel, saying, “This is an internal matter for those countries .”

The Israeli government approved an agreement to normalize relations with the UAE, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as “historic”, and noted that similar treaties will be signed with other Arab countries “soon.”


“Issues” postpones the visit of the Kurdistan Region delegation to Baghdad to resume talks

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Shafaq News / The Minister of Planning in Kurdistan Regional Government, Dara Rashid, said on Thursday that the federal government is busy with some problems, which has postponed the resumption of direct talks to solve the differences and outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad.

Rashid said during a joint press conference with the Iraqi Minister of Planning Khaled Battal al-Najm that the agreement that was concluded with Baghdad regarding salaries will be implemented until the end of this year.

The agreement stipulates that the federal government sends 320 billion dinars per month to finance the salaries of employees in the region.

And the minister added, “Currently, we want to fix constitutional rights in the budget law so that problems do not recur.”

Regarding the resumption of dialogues between Erbil and Baghdad again, Rashid said, “Until now, no date has been set for the delegation of the Kurdistan Region to go to Baghdad because the Iraqi government is busy with some of its problems.”

He added, “The discussions are continuing, and the Iraqi Minister of Planning is an effective member of the deliberations committee, and currently the discussions are continuing until a final agreement is reached.”