In details, this is what was agreed upon by the Iranian and British ambassadors in Baghdad

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Iranian and British ambassadors Iraj Masjedi to Baghdad, Stephen Hickey, stressed, on Sunday, the importance of cooperation with the Iraqi government .

The two ambassadors met at the headquarters of the Iranian embassy in Baghdad, according to the official Iranian news agency “IRNA”. The meeting dealt with “the most important political developments in Iraq and the region, and the importance of cooperation between Tehran and London with the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi was emphasized .”

Masjedi stressed “the need for the United States to return to the nuclear agreement, and I consider it a necessary step towards the obligations of this country .”

For his part, the British ambassador called on all parties to the nuclear agreement to fulfill the obligations stipulated in the agreement document.

Mulla Talal: Two of the killers of Al-Hashemi have been identified and their destinations abroad




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Shafaq News / The spokesman for the Iraqi Prime Minister, Ahmed Mulla Talal, announced on Sunday that he has identified some of the participants in the killing of the security expert, Hisham Al-Hashemi, and while he revealed that parties had “smuggled” the killers out of Iraq, he indicated a government pledge to bring them from abroad.

Mulla Talal said in an interview broadcast by the official Al-Iraqiya channel and followed by Shafaq News, that “two of the participants in the killing of the martyr Hisham Al-Hashemi have been identified,” adding that “there are parties that smuggled the killers out of Iraq.”

He explained, “Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi promised to pursue the killers of Al-Hashemi,” stressing that “the government pledged to pursue the killers and they would be brought from outside the country.”

It is noteworthy that an armed group riding two motorcycles shot the security expert Hisham Al-Hashemi on Monday (7-7-2020) in front of his house in the Zayouna district, east of Baghdad, which led to his death.

Hisham Al-Hashemi, 47, is an expert on armed groups and a writer who has written numerous strategic studies.

With regard to the “October protests,” Mulla Talal pointed out that “the government has formed an investigation committee of 5 judges to investigate uncovering the killers of the demonstrators,” noting that “the state has recognized that the killing of young protesters has occurred, and this has not happened previously.”

“The government has sent an amendment to the Law of the Martyrs Foundation to compensate the martyrs and wounded in October,” he said, noting that “the October demonstrations made an important shift in Iraqi politics.

Mulla Talal asserted that “the youth have the right to exercise their constitutional right to object to wrong policies,” accusing some parties of “trying to penetrate the demonstrations to disrupt the true demands of October.”

He pointed out that “the coordination bodies decided to end the sit-in, and the tents were not forcibly removed,” noting that “there is almost a match between the demands of the demonstrators and the government platform.”

Regarding the upcoming elections, a spokesman for the Iraqi prime minister said, “The government is keen to make the upcoming elections realistic.”

Halbousi, Hickey stress importance of supporting Iraqi economy

15 Nov 2020 | 12:37 AM

Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi and British Ambassador Stephen Hickey stressed the importance of coordinating efforts with international organizations to support the Iraqi economy.

Halbousi’s media office said, in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that “Al-Halbousi received the British ambassador to Iraq, Stephen Hickey, to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries, and the latest developments in Iraq and the region.”

 The statement added, “The meeting discussed the economic crisis in the country and the importance of coordinating efforts with international organizations to support the Iraqi economy, the file of the displaced and the voluntary return to their homes, and the efforts of the international community to expedite the end of this file, as well as a number of issues of common concern.”

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The presidencies of the region meet to take a unified position on the borrowing law

Time: 11/15/2020 14:13:30

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The meeting of the three presidencies was held in the Kurdistan region to discuss the House of Representatives vote on the fiscal deficit law {borrowing} without taking into account compatibility with the Kurdish blocs, and the resulting Kurdish objections.

The meeting was launched in the presence of the region’s president, Nechirvan Barzani, the speaker of the region’s parliament, Rewaz Faiq, and Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, as it is expected that this meeting will produce a common position on the law.

The meeting was limited to the presidencies if the Kurdish representatives in the government and parliament did not attend, as most of them were not present in the region, according to an informed source.

The House of Representatives voted at dawn last Thursday on the fiscal deficit law, which provides salaries for employees and workers in the public sector for the last three months of this year, after the federal government was unable to pay it due to the collapse in oil prices due to the outbreak of the Corona epidemic.

The head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, and the three presidencies condemned the position of Parliament in statements, stressing at the same time the need to resolve differences and outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad.

The Kurdish blocs withdrew from the dawn session on Thursday after Parliament refused to include the salaries of the Kurdistan region in the loan law.

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Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani speaks to reporters during a news conference after the presidencies of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the Kurdistan Region and Kurdistan Parliament met in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq on November 15, 2020 to discuss the Fiscal Deficit Financing bill without consent of the Kurdish caucuses in Baghdad. (Photo Credit: NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — Presidencies of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the Kurdistan Region and Kurdistan Parliament met on Sunday (November 15) to discuss the federal loan bill passed three days ago by the Council of Representatives without the consent of the Kurdish caucuses.

On Thursday, the federal legislature approved the Fiscal Deficit Financing bill to fill deficits through borrowing 12 trillion Iraqi dinars (some $10 billion) in internal and external loans to finance the salary payments to public servants and other expenditures for the last three months in 2020.

The Kurdish caucuses walked out of the floor debate in protest of the Kurdistan Region’s share from the loans.

During a press conference following the meeting, Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani said the Region is poised to hand over the whole of its oil to the federal government so that the latter transfers 900 billion Iraqi dinars ($753.87 million) to the Region on a monthly basis.

“The Region is ready to make agreements with the federal government on oil and all the issues,” Barzani said, calling on the United Nations to play its roles in resolving the outstanding issues.

He said that the loan law aims to “punish” the Region’s people and is against “real partnership” among different Iraqi components. “The loan law is the biggest failure to the politician who rules Iraq.”

“The Kurdistan Region cannot borrow loans from the international banks without Baghdad’s acceptance.”

He also refused that the deals on energy between the Region with Turkey and the Russian-based Rosneft Oil Company be “obstacles” for failing to reach an agreement with Baghdad.

According to the legislation, the KRG should commit to hand over an amount of barrels of oil per day (bpd) to the federal government that will be determined by the SOMO in order to receive 320 billion Iraqi dinars to pay its civil servants.

A source within Sunday’s meeting told NRT Digital Media that a delegation chaired by the KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani will head to Baghdad to meet with the federal officials. Also, The Kurdistan Parliament is slated to meet on Tuesday to discuss the federal loan bill in a session with the attendance of the relevant sides from the KRG Council of Ministers.

In April, Baghdad cut off all budget transfers to Erbil after the latter failed to send any oil to the federal government, as it was required to under the 2019 federal budget law. The cut-off caused heavy burden on the cash-strapped KRG to pay its civil servants on time and full over the months.

The two sides reached a temporary agreement in early August where Baghdad would send 320 billion Iraqi dinars, in return for bringing customs procedures at the Region’s international border crossings under federal control.

Iraq faces a serious financial shortfall due decline in oil prices marred by the coronavirus pandemic and endemic mismanagement and corruption the country has faced since the fall of the former Ba’ath regime, as the country almost exclusively counts on oil exports to finance its salary payroll and other expenditures.

Iraq has fallen behind in paying its public sector employees since September. 

(NRT Digital Media)

Nechirvan Barzani: The borrowing law destroyed an agreement to export oil via SOMO next year

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Shafaq News / Today, Sunday, the President of Kurdistan, Nechirvan Barzani described the Iraqi parliament’s approval of the fiscal deficit law of “borrowing” without compatibility with the Kurds as “a punishment against the region’s residents,” indicating that the law destroyed an agreement to export the region’s oil through the Iraqi oil company “Somo” in general. Next, he announced his intention to send a delegation to Baghdad to reach a “solution .”

Barzani said in a press conference held today, after a meeting of the three presidencies in the region, which was attended by Shafaq News Agency, that “this law was used for enmity against the region and this is the problem.” The issue of oil and all the issues, because our problem is not oil, but rather other problems that, without solving them, cannot stabilize Iraq . ”

He added that “this decision is a source of serious concern for the Kurdistan Region,” considering its approval of “a punishment against the people of the Kurdistan Region and its employees .”

Barzani expressed his regret by saying, “We view this development as dangerous, and our question is to all Iraqi politicians …   Is Kurdistan Region part of Iraq or not … Are the region’s employees part of the Iraqi employees? ”

He pointed out that “the approval of this decision is the opposite of all the principles on which we built Iraq after 2003,” explaining that “Iraq’s problems are not addressed in this way, and if some parties in the Iraqi parliament have the power to pass such laws, things do not go like this .”

He also said, “What happened in the Iraqi parliament made us despair of the decision and of the Iraqi politicians,” adding, “We understand something that we have rights and we also have duties, and the Kurdistan Region will not evade responsibility.” “.

He pointed out that “the federal government agreed with the regional government to send 320 billion Iraqi dinars, although the amount is small, but we agreed to it,” stressing, “We are ready to agree on all oil imports and customs, and we will present all these facts to Parliament .”

He added, “We thank our citizens, the region’s employees for their enduring this situation, and we want to reassure you that our priorities are to address these problems, and I am sure that they can be addressed through dialogue.” Territory employees . ”

Barzani pointed out that the Baghdad government today distributed two salaries, and it is not reasonable that it does not address this issue and that it must adhere to financial entitlements and send salaries, “adding,” We have always tried to address our problems through dialogue . ”

He also said, “The regional government feels its responsibility towards its employees and is trying to secure the employees’ salaries, but the main problem for the region is that the number of employees is very large, whatever the reasons and this is a fundamental issue that must be addressed .

Barzani ruled out that “Al-Fateh and others are against the Kurds because this is not in their interest as well,” pointing out that “the prime minister’s position is appreciated and thanked because he did not send the law in this form to Parliament, but changes were made to it in Parliament.”

Barzani stressed, “Until now, there is no federal system in Baghdad, but there are those who want to centrally control all matters, although we returned to Baghdad in 2003 with our will .”

He considered that “what is present in Iraq is not a federal government, but rather a strong central government that wants everything to be in its hands .”

Barzani stressed in the conclusion of his speech, “We will not be able to secure salaries through imports of customs and oil,” adding, “who says this to be kind and take control of things .”

Erbil Stock Exchange announces its opening near to investors

A summer resort in the Kurdistan region. “Internet”

Economy News – Erbil:

 The director of the Erbil Stock Exchange, Sherwan Mustafa, announced that the Erbil Stock Exchange will open in the coming days after removing obstacles, calling for the inclusion of large investment companies on the stock exchange.  

Mustafa said, that all circumstances have been removed before the opening of the Erbil Stock Exchange, as during the coming days the stock exchange will open to investors, adding that consulting companies will be present to provide advice to new investors.

Mustafa called for the large investment companies to be listed on the stock exchange because they get great privileges represented by tax exemptions, explaining that there are a number of companies that create excuses for not being listed on the stock exchange.

The Association of Private Banks and the American Information Systems Audit and Control Association sign a Memorandum of Understanding on governance, security and auditing of information technology

Executive Director of the Association of Iraqi Private Banks Ali Tariq (left) and Director of the Iraq Branch of the Association for Auditing and Monitoring Global Information Systems, Ali Mustafa during the signing of the agreement. “Economy News Banks

Economy News – Baghdad

The Iraqi Private Banks Association and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association “ISACA”, which is headquartered in America, signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance cooperation in the areas of governance, security and auditing of information technology. 

“The Executive Director of the Association of Private Banks Ali Tariq and Director of the Iraq Branch of the Association for Auditing and Monitoring Global Information Systems, Ali Mustafa, signed a memorandum of understanding in Baghdad in the fields of qualification, training, workshops, consultations, governance and information security,” the Iraqi Private Banks Association said in a press release received “.

She added, “This memorandum will help the financial sector achieve global requirements in the field of information technology, information and cyber security.” 

She emphasized that “through the memorandum of understanding, the process of developing human cadres for workers in the financial sector will take place through training, workshops and awareness programs to adhere to the instructions of the Central Bank of Iraq in the field of compliance with standards and controls of information technology and digital security.”

The decline in the reserves of the Central Bank of Iraq to 35 billion dollars .. And the reason!

The Parliamentary Finance Committee revealed, on Sunday, that the Iraqi reserve in the Central Bank of Iraq has decreased to 35 billion dollars after the withdrawal of the second loan by the government .

A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Abdul Hadi Saadawi, said that “the reserves of the Central Bank of Iraq before the vote on the loan amounted to 51 billion dollars .”

He added that “the second loan voted by the House of Representatives pushed the government to withdraw 12 trillion dinars,” noting that “the reserve has decreased to 35 billion dollars .”

He explained that “the government has made Iraq in a difficult position and in front of it the remaining months of this year to take urgent steps to advance the economy to preserve the remainder of the reserves of the Central Bank of Iraq.”

The region intends to send a delegation to Baghdad to sign a new agreement regarding its revenues and dues

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Kurdistan Region intends to send a delegation to the capital, Baghdad, to sign a new agreement regarding its revenues and dues.

The deputy of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Diyar Barwari, said, according to the official agency, that “at the beginning of each year there is an agreement concluded between the center and the region regarding the general budget and the parties’ share and the obligations arising from them, but because of the current economic situation and the financial crisis, the government did not present the draft budget bill. For the current year. ”

Berwari added, “The federal government had to resort to borrowing twice for the purpose of securing salaries and other obligations,” indicating that “since the current year is devoid of a budget, the concluded agreement has become by virtue of canceled and requires the conclusion of a new agreement.”

He pointed out that “a delegation from the region will go to Baghdad soon to work on a new agreement on the 2021 budget, and it is natural for each party to search for the rights and interests of its citizens,” stressing that “what happened in the session at dawn on Thursday, there was no commitment to the agreement despite the postponement of the session for hours.” For the purpose of dialogue and reaching a new agreement. ”

He explained, “The Kurds do not have any problem with the law of financing the fiscal deficit except in one paragraph,” pointing out that “the Shiite majority in Parliament imposed itself and the law was voted on without the Kurds.”

He continued, “The three presidencies in the Kurdistan region will meet today, Sunday, with the heads of the Kurdish blocs,” ruling out “the Kurdish deputies boycotting the parliamentary sessions.”

He pointed out that “disputes can be resolved through dialogues and rapprochement and not through boycott,” stressing “the importance of resolving matters as soon as possible.”