Trump issues a stern warning to Iran

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Shafaq News / US President Donald Trump issued a stern warning to Iran, after targeting the US embassy in Iraq with a number of missiles. 

Trump wrote on Twitter: “Our embassy in Baghdad was hit by several missiles on Sunday, guess where they came from: Iran. Now we hear talk of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq.” 

He concluded his speech with an explicit threat to Iran: “Some friendly advice to Iran: If an American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think carefully.” 

Sources revealed that the administration of the outgoing US President Donald Trump has studied the closure of the US embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, due to the attacks on the past period. 

The American Axios website suggested the possibility of transferring the American ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Toller, to the capital of the Kurdistan Region, Erbil, or to the Al-Assad air base in western Iraq, in the event that he leaves Baghdad.

This option comes within the options being developed by the US administration to respond to the repeated missile attacks from Iran on the US embassy in Iraq.


Source: Al-Kazemi On An Unannounced Visit To The United Arab Emirates

On December 23, 2020


Al-Mustaqila .. An informed source revealed, today, Wednesday, that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, had made an unannounced visit to the United Arab Emirates.

The source, who asked not to be named, told Al-Mustaqillah that Al-Kazemi left today for the United Arab Emirates on an unannounced visit, without revealing further details.

Information on the matter could not be obtained from other official sources.

It is noteworthy that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi made a number of visits to the neighboring countries of Iraq, including Iran, Egypt, Jordan and Turkey.

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The industry ministers of Iraq, Jordan and Egypt are discussing activating joint agreements

Time: 12/23/2020 23:00:45 Read: 416 times

{Baghdad: Al-Furat News} Each of the ministers of industry in Iraq, Jordan and Egypt discussed activating joint agreements between countries.

The Iraqi Ministry of Industry stated in a statement that the Al-Furat News Agency received a copy of it today that the Minister of Industry and Minerals, Manhal Aziz Al-Khabaz, discussed with the Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry Nevin Jameh and the Jordanian Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Ma Ali: Procedures and means of activating cooperation and partnership agreements between Iraq, Egypt and Jordan in the field Industrial and that in a joint meeting over the Internet.

During the meeting, the minister discussed opportunities for cooperation and investment between companies of the Iraqi Ministry of Industry and their counterparts in both brotherly countries in various industrial fields to activate and translate bilateral cooperation agreements between the three countries on the ground in a way that serves common interests.

He indicated that the Iraqi government is heading towards developing economic and commercial relations and strengthening investments with brothers in Egypt and Jordan in all fields and sectors in light of the historical relations and fraternal ties that connect the three countries

He emphasized that the Ministry of Industry is looking forward and seeking to attract real and serious investments and partnerships to operate Iraqi factories and localize new industries in a way that contributes to providing job opportunities, employing manpower and providing products that meet the requirements of the market and the Iraqi citizen, expressing at the same time the willingness to enter the Ministry of Industry companies with Jordanian and Egyptian companies in partnerships and agreements. Is serious about various fields and industrial sectors in the near future.

Raghad Daham

Spending 507 billion dinars from the dues of farmers and farmers



Baghdad / Al-Mawred News

 The Ministry of Trade announced, on Wednesday, that 507 billion dinars have been disbursed from farmers and farmers

Trade Minister Alaa Ahmad al-Jubouri stated, “The launch of the exchange of 507 billion Iraqi dinars as a new batch of farmers and marketers for wheat and rice for the current season of the year 2020.” 

The ministry said in a statement, quoting the Minister of Trade, that “the exchange will take place in the current and next week after transferring the exchange notices to the specified banks authorized to disburse farmers’ dues.” 

She added that “the exchange mechanism will be by adopting the quantity and the precedence of marketing,” stressing that “the Minister of Trade, Dr. Alaa Al-Jubouri, had previously confirmed the ministry’s readiness to meet the needs of farmers and farmers and to seriously contribute to granting them their financial entitlements through the rapid procedures of the ministry’s departments and companies, to complete the distribution of receivables As well as his reference to “the importance of completing the delivery of farmers ‘dues in light of the money received by the Ministry of Trade, which constitutes a starting point for dealing with farmers’ dues,” since “the Iraqi farmer has great value and deserves to make every effort to give him his financial dues for the wheat crops that he delivered in the marketing season.” “.

A leader in victory determines the terms of the agreement between Al-Kazemi and the Kurdish delegation

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Baghdad Today – Special

The leader of the victory coalition, Aqeel Al-Rudaini, clarified, on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, the terms of the recent agreement between the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and the Kurdish delegation, regarding resolving the outstanding problems between the two parties.

Al-Rudaini said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that “the two parties agreed to oblige the region to hand over Baghdad 250 thousand barrels per day with non-oil revenues, provided that the first hand over the salaries of employees in Kurdistan,” indicating that “this agreement was to be included in the 2021 budget only. The second borrowing law has nothing to do with it. ”

He added that “Kurdistan demands Baghdad to pay money 3 months from the second borrowing amounts approved by the House of Representatives to cover the salaries, but the Al-Kazemi government is unable to meet such a request because it is obligated to do so within the second borrowing law,” noting that “approval of this matter requires application The regional government undertakes its commitments to the federal government regarding oil and border crossings. ”

And on filing a lawsuit against the region to recover all the money that had been unlawfully received in the past without fulfilling his pledges, Al-Radini said, “This step is not on the table at the present time.”

The Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, announced yesterday, Tuesday, the agreement with the federal government on the draft federal budget bill for the fiscal year 2021, indicating that the share of the Kurdistan region will be 12.67%.

Talabani said in a press conference held in Baghdad and followed him (Baghdad Today), “We have agreed with the federal government about the 2021 budget, and we have also come to Baghdad to implement the fiscal deficit law. We do not know our share of the deficit financing law yet and we are waiting for an answer from the federal government And that Baghdad hand us our share of the fiscal deficit law. ”

He added, “There are challenges facing us in 2021. We must all join hands to solve these crises, and I am very optimistic about solving all political and economic problems from Zakho to Faw.”

Talabani added, “We in the Kurdistan region showed our preparations in the year 2019 to hand over the oil revenues, and we handed over the oil revenues to the federal government, and it remained in these three months to hand over the revenues in order to receive our dues from the fiscal deficit law.”

And that “our dialogues are continuing with Baghdad and have not failed, and the points that were discussed with the federal government have become part of the budget. The percentage of the Kurdistan region’s share of the 2021 budget is 12.67%, which is less than the 17% that was previously.”

An unprecedented drop in central bank auction sales

Time: 12/23/2020 13:21:46 Read: 7,111 times

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The Central Bank of Iraq’s dollar sales fell today, Wednesday, in an unprecedented way.

According to the bank’s daily bulletin on the currency auction, the total sale for the purposes of strengthening balances abroad {transfers, credits} amounted to 77 million 450 thousand and 994 dollars, and the cash sale amounted to only 200 thousand dollars.

As for the total sales, it was 77 million 650 thousand and 994 dollars.

The central bank’s sales in the currency auction yesterday were $ 113 million.

The Central Bank sells dollars for the sums transferred to bank accounts abroad at a price of {1460} dinars per dollar, and cash sales at {1460} dinars per dollar, in implementation of its recent decision to raise the exchange rate.

The central bank’s sales on Wednesday and yesterday reflect the statements of the Central Bank’s governor, Mustafa Ghaleb, who said earlier that the bank “will double the sale of the dollar to exchange companies,” indicating that “the abundance of the dollar will make it stable in the market.”

Ammar Al-Masoudi

Central directs licensed banks to adjust the dollar value

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Baghdad – IQ  

On Wednesday (December 23, 2020), the Central Bank directed all authorized banks to adjust the value of the dollar and any currencies that are evaluated on the basis of their relationship to the dollar in the financial records and banking activities.

The Central Bank issued a document received on the IQ NEWS website and  stated, “Based on the decision of this bank issued under the book of the Financial Operations and Debt Management Department No. The value of the foreign currency (the dollar) and any currencies evaluated on the basis of its relationship to the dollar in the financial records and banking activities at the beginning of the business day 20/20/2020.

The document stated, “This comes to extract the difference between the costs of possession for that year and the current value of it after the change of the exchange rate and in line with the cost of obtaining it (1460) dinars to the dollar or any price according to which the dollar is obtained, and dealing with the difference is restricted in accordance with international standards for financial disclosure ( IFRS ) ‘. 

The central bank had set on December 19, 2020, the selling price of the dollar, as it would be 1,450  dinars per dollar from the Ministry of Finance, 1,460  dinars per dollar for banks, and 1,470 dinars per dollar for the public.–.html

The Kurdistan Regional Government suspends the official working hours for a week

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Shafaq News / On Wednesday, the Kurdistan Regional Government decided to suspend the official working hours for a week on the occasion of birthdays and the New Year.

This came in a statement received by Shafaq News, issued following the weekly cabinet meeting.

The statement indicated that the Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region presented, on the occasion of Christmas and New Year’s Day, its sincere congratulations and blessings to the people of Kurdistan, especially Christian brothers and sisters on this occasion.

The Council announced the suspension of official departments, from December 27 until January 2021.  

Earlier Wednesday, the General Directorate of Christian Affairs in the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs in the Kurdistan Regional Government decided to cancel the celebrations marking the New Year holidays due to the outbreak of the Corona virus.  

The directorate said in a statement today, that with the aim of preventing the spread of the virus, the Eid for this year will be limited to holding mass ceremonies in the church only, and except for this, gatherings or celebrations will not be held in event halls inside churches.

The results of the negotiations with Baghdad at the table of the Kurdistan government and Barzani demand international intervention

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Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region discussed, on Wednesday, the results of negotiations with the federal government, and Chairman of the Council, Masrour Barzani, called on the United Nations to participate as a third party in the talks in Erbil – Baghdad, while the negotiating delegation indicated that the Kurdistan Regional Government implemented all its constitutional obligations and did not It leaves a justification for Baghdad not to send financial dues.

The Kurdistan Regional Government said in a statement that the Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region held its regular session today, headed by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani.

At the outset of the meeting, the Prime Minister valued the efforts and endeavors of the negotiating delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government with the federal government, which stayed in Baghdad for two weeks and conducted a series of meetings and meetings with senior officials in the federal government during that period.

The Prime Minister indicated that the Kurdistan Regional Government has implemented all its obligations within the framework of the constitution, leaving no justification for the federal government with the aim of reaching a fair agreement that guarantees the rights and financial dues of the Kurdistan Region.

He stressed, “We will never give up our constitutional rights, and it is regrettable that the issue of salaries and financial dues has become a political pressure card used against the citizens of the Kurdistan Region.”

The Prime Minister called on the United Nations to participate, as a third party, and from now on in the talks between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government to determine the rights and duties of each party.

After that, the government negotiating delegation presented the results of his visit to Baghdad, and indicated that the visit aims to secure financial dues for the Kurdistan Region, and also touched on how to agree on the region’s share in the 2021 draft budget, which was subsequently voted on by the Federal Cabinet.

The negotiating delegation also reviewed the contents of the talks regarding the application of the law on financing the fiscal deficit (borrowing), and stressed that his visit to Baghdad was in order to implement the law and not negotiate about it, and announced the implementation of all the obligations of the region and left no justification and reason for not financing the Kurdistan Region, In light of this, the Cabinet affirmed that the federal government must send financial dues to the Kurdistan Region under the Fiscal Deficit Financing Law.

The Council of Ministers decided to inform the Kurdistan Parliament, the political parties, parties and public opinion in the region about the details of the talks and the latest developments with the federal government.

In another paragraph of the meeting, Minister of Finance and Economy Awat Sheikh Janab and Minister of Planning Dara Rashid provided estimates regarding revenues, the volume of spending and the expected fiscal deficit in the Kurdistan Region for the fiscal year 2021, as well as the preparations of the relevant ministries to prepare the draft general budget for the Kurdistan Region for the year 2021. After discussion and exchange of views , A set of proposals and recommendations aimed at organizing expenditures, taxes and revenues in the Kurdistan Region were discussed.

On raising the value of the dollar against the Iraqi dinar, the Council of Ministers directed the relevant ministries to closely monitor the markets and put an end to raising prices from people trying to exploit the current situation for their own interests and thus increase the burden on citizens.

In another paragraph of the meeting, the Council of Ministers discussed the epidemiological situation and the new strain of Corona virus, as Minister of Health Saman Barzanji presented a special report in this regard, while the Cabinet decided to tighten preventive measures and health instructions in public places, the private sector, institutions and government departments.

Mass demonstrations in front of the Finance Ministry building in Baghdad to condemn the devaluation of the dinar. Pictures

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On Wednesday, protesters organized massive demonstrations in front of the Finance Ministry building in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, to condemn the devaluation of the dinar.

A source said that dozens of people organized, today, mass demonstrations in front of the Finance Ministry building in Al-Waziriya district in Baghdad to condemn the devaluation of the dinar,

adding that law enforcement forces deployed within the Ministry of Finance after a demonstration was launched near the Ministry’s headquarters.