The US Embassy in Baghdad affirms its commitment to a strong partnership with Iraq

03/12/2020 16:38

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The US Embassy in Iraq, Thursday, December 3, 2020, commented on the news of the withdrawal of its staff from the capital, Baghdad, while confirming our commitment to a strong diplomatic partnership with Iraq, and the diplomatic mission in Iraq, led by Ambassador Matthew Toller, continues to work.

The media office at the embassy responded to a question by Russian RT about the fact of news about the withdrawal of its employees, and confirmed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is constantly working on making adjustments regarding its diplomatic presence in embassies and consulates scattered around the world in line with its diplomatic missions and the security environment in those countries, And the health status, and even public holidays.

He added that ensuring the safety of US government employees and American citizens and the security of our facilities is our top priority.

He continued: We do not comment on the details of any amendments, but we affirm our commitment to a strong diplomatic partnership with Iraq, and Ambassador Matthew Toller is still present at his head of work in Baghdad, and the diplomatic mission in Iraq continues to operate.

And the American Politico magazine reported, Wednesday, December 2, 2020, that President Donald Trump’s administration decided to withdraw about half of the number of diplomats from the US embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, two senior Iraqi officials stated that the United States is about to reduce the number of its diplomats working in its embassy in Baghdad, in a temporary security measure, according to Agence France-Presse.

Politico newspaper said that US officials, one of them in the State Department, had confirmed that the withdrawal of the diplomats would be temporary.

In light of the escalating tension between the United States and Iran, the date for the return of diplomats to the embassy in Baghdad remains unknown, according to the magazine.

The embassy and other US military sites in Iraq have been targeted by dozens of missiles this year.

In a statement to France Press, a senior Iraqi official attributed the decision to reduce the number of US diplomatic personnel to security concerns.

The official said: It is a small reduction based on security reservations on the American side, and they can return, it is a temporary security measure.

He added: We knew this in advance, and a high-level diplomatic team will remain, including the ambassador, and this is not severing diplomatic ties.

Analyzes indicate that Washington took this decision to coincide with the anniversary of the assassination of the Iranian Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, with the commander in the Popular Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.

A second senior Iraqi official confirmed that the US measure was aimed at reducing the risks.

A spokesman for the US State Department refused to comment on the issue, but stressed that the safety of US diplomats, citizens, and facilities in Iraq “remains our top priority.”

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A high-ranking delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government heads to Baghdad

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2020-12-03 15:19

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Shafaq News / A high-ranking delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government headed from Erbil International Airport on Thursday evening to Baghdad to discuss with the federal government about the country’s financial budget for 2021.

An informed source in the Kurdistan Region told Shafaq News that the delegation is headed by the region’s Finance Minister Awat Sheikh Janab, and the membership of Khaled Shawani, the Minister of Regional Affairs, and Abdul Hakim Khusraw, Director General of Coordination and Follow-up in the Council of Ministers.

The source, who requested anonymity, added that the delegation also includes Directors General of Budget and Accounts.

He explained that the delegation will meet with officials of the Iraqi Federal Ministry of Finance to discuss the country’s draft fiscal budget for 2021 next year.

Earlier Thursday, the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, sent a letter to the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, asking him to abide by the agreement concluded between them last August, which includes sending Baghdad to 320 billion dinars per month to the region.

Barzani said that the Kurdistan Region did not receive any amount for the months of May, June, July, and October of 2020, in addition to not disbursing the dues and salaries of the Peshmerga despite its inclusion in the allocations of the Ministry of Defense.

He pointed out that this amount was agreed upon after the federal government deducted all oil and non-oil imports of the region from its actual entitlements from the federal general budget.

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In a lengthy message to Baghdad … Kurdistan government: We committed ourselves to the agreement, and the time has come to pay the benefits.

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2020-12-03 10:58

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Shafaq News / The Kurdistan Regional Government published, on Thursday, the text of a lengthy letter sent by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani to the Federal Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi regarding the region’s financial dues.

In a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, she said that Barzani recently sent a letter to Federal Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi in which he talked about constitutional means to resolve the outstanding disputes, emphasizing the principles of partnership, harmony and balance, and the region’s permanent readiness to settle those problems.

In his message, the Prime Minister touched on the initiatives undertaken by the Kurdistan Region since the ninth ministerial cabinet was formed, to settle disputes by sending official delegations to Baghdad, during the previous government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi and the current government headed by Al-Kazemi.

The Prime Minister of Kurdistan confirmed in his message that, after the formation of the Al-Kazemi government, the Kurdistan Region agreed to the letter of Minister of Finance Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi, and after that, intensive meetings were held between the two sides, which resulted in the approval of the Kurdistan Regional Government on all the items put forward to reach a sustainable agreement on the draft federal budget.

According to the statement, the letter also dealt with the agreement on the item on settling pending financial matters between the two sides, which was confirmed by the General Secretariat of the Federal Council of Ministers in its letter No. (13229) dated 15/8/2020.

The text of the message stated, “The aforementioned agreement stipulated that the Federal Ministry of Finance should finance the region at an amount of 320 billion dinars per month to pay some of the region’s expenditures. This amount was determined on the basis of an equation based on the federal government’s estimates of oil imports from the region’s oil production and other regional imports. “.

In his message, the Prime Minister said: “This means that the federal government has deducted all oil and non-oil imports of the region from its actual entitlements from the federal budget, thus negating the justifications for accusing the region of not committing to the delivery of oil and non-oil revenues.”

He continued: “Despite this agreement, the Kurdistan Region did not receive any amount for the months (May, June, July, October) for the year 2020, in addition to not paying the dues and salaries of the Peshmerga despite its inclusion in the allocations of the Ministry of Defense.”

The Prime Minister emphasized that the method of passing the Fiscal Deficit Financing Law for 2020 is a violation of the principles of balance, partnership and consensus, and stressed that the Kurdistan Region was and still is fully prepared to fulfill its oil and financial obligations, and in return it deserves to be paid to the region in full.

He said, “We would like to confirm the firm’s position and vision of the regional government to reach an agreement based on the provisions of the constitution in light of the draft Federal Budget Law for the year 2021, which we previously explained according to our books numbered (1839) on 5/10/2020, and (379) in 10/18/2020, and our special message to your country in May 2020, and at the present time we believe that it is necessary to instruct the Federal Ministry of Finance to pay the region’s benefits for the months referred to above, according to what was stated in the joint agreement on 8/15/2020.

The Prime Minister had confirmed during the last meeting of the Council of Ministers that he was in continuous contact with Al-Kazemi and the Federal Cabinet, and they had made promises to solve the issue of the financial rights of the region’s citizens in the next few days.

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Erbil and Baghdad in Talks over Iraq’s 2021 Budget Bill: MP

2 Dec 2020 | 07:08 PM

 The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Federal Government of Iraq continue negotiating 2021 Budget Bill before presenting it to the parliament, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi legislature said.

MP Diyar Tayyeb said that the budget bill is yet to be submitted to the Iraqi parliament for approval, and it is apparently being discussed with other major political forces to find a common ground beforehand.

He however said any further delay would lead to late approval of the bill because the lawmakers will need time to discuss every detail and agree on the bill to become a law.

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Parliament intends to read the election financing law and pass 4 laws at the Saturday session

Editing date: 12/3/2020 14:47 • 53 times read

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Parliament intends to discuss the law on financing the expenditures of the upcoming elections in Saturday’s session, in addition to voting on 4 laws.

The session’s agenda includes voting in principle on the draft refugee law, voting on the draft law on the accession of the Republic of Iraq to the Convention on Limits of Liability for Maritime Claims of 1976 as amended by the 1996 Protocol, including the limits of liability amended therein.

The session also includes voting on a draft law on the accession of the Republic of Iraq to the 2000 Protocol amending the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation of 1988, in addition to voting on the draft law on the accession of the Republic of Iraq to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Damage from Oil Pollution of the year 18 .

The agenda also includes the first reading of the draft law on financing the expenses of the elections to the House of Representatives, and the report and discussion of the second reading of the draft law of the third amendment to the Law of Implementation of Irrigation Projects No. (12) for the year 191. (Agriculture, Water and Marsh Committee)

The session includes the first reading of the draft law on the accession of the Republic of Iraq to the International Convention on Intervention on the High Seas in the event of accidents causing oil pollution for the year 1969 and the protocol relating to intervention on the high seas in cases of pollution with substances other than oil for the year 18, as well as the first reading of the draft Convention on Transport Services Air between the government of the Republic of Iraq and the government of the United Arab Emirates.

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The Union of Arab Banks praises the efforts of the Central Bank to enhance the strength of the Iraqi banking sector

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The Secretary-General of the Union of Arab Banks and Sam Hassan Fattouh made a phone call with the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Mustafa Ghaleb Makhaif, during which they reviewed the efforts of the Central Bank in the framework of banking reform in the country, and the Secretary-General Fattouh expressed his appreciation for these efforts that aim to enhance the strength of the Iraqi banking sector and its ability to Securing banking services according to the highest international standards.
“The two sides reviewed aspects of joint cooperation at several levels, as the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq explained the reform plan that is mainly based on activating the supervisory approach and increasing confidence in the Iraqi banking sector with the aim of empowering the sector and enhancing its development and economic role,” said a bank statement. And work to build relationships with banks and international financial institutions. ”
He added that the two sides discussed the issue of research and technical support in the field of digital transformation of banking work and the training and qualification of human resources in the Iraqi banking sector, which includes an elite group of experts in addition to the Central Bank of Iraq, in line with modern banking developments, working within its framework, and activating the sector’s role in providing support and assistance. Economic and social improvement and investment environment in the country. 
For his part, the Secretary-General of the Union of Arab Banks, Wissam Hassan Fattouh, affirmed that it has been agreed with the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Mustafa Ghaleb Makhaif, to agree to establish joint activities, including conferences and special training courses in the field of compliance, governance and digital transformation in a way that serves and contributes to achieving what has been agreed upon. between two sides.
Fattouh concluded by affirming that the Union of Arab Banks had put all its capabilities to support the reform efforts of the Central Bank of Iraq, and to provide technical and technical support to Iraqi banks, especially in the areas of digital transformation, combating money laundering and terrorist financing.

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