For the first time, Netanyahu hints at a visit he made to Saudi Arabia, during which he met Bin Salman

Arab and international





2021-01-02 23:55

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The Jerusalem Post newspaper said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted, for the first time, about his visit to Saudi Arabia last month, which the Kingdom’s Foreign Ministry denied the news about.

The newspaper said that Netanyahu referred “apparently to his visit to Saudi Arabia at a closed Likud party meeting on Saturday night, in his first known confirmation of this trip.”

Israeli sources confirmed, according to the newspaper, that Netanyahu met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi city of Neom last month.

And the Jerusalem Post reported, that Netanyahu said in a closed Likud meeting, “I recently visited other Arab countries, and as I could not speak (before) about the UAE, I cannot speak now.”

Netanyahu was responding to a question about whether Israel intends to normalize relations with the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

The newspaper suggests that the intended country in Netanyahu’s words is Saudi Arabia, as “no other trips that Netanyahu took to Arab countries have been announced, other than his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The newspaper said that Netanyahu expressed his hope to visit the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain after they reached peace with Israel in 2020, but he has not yet done so.

In late November, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan denied holding any meeting between Netanyahu and bin Salman, with a tweet published hours after identical sources announced that the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made an unprecedented visit to Saudi Arabia, where he held secret talks with the Crown Prince. Mohammed bin Salman.

In his tweet, Ben Farhan said, “I saw press reports about a meeting between the crown prince and Israeli officials during a recent visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo … No such meeting took place. There were only American and Saudi officials.”

The Israeli Army Radio announced that Netanyahu had met with the Saudi Crown Prince in the Saudi city of Neom, and Israeli Education Minister Yoav Galant confirmed the same information.


Parliamentary Finance receives the budget and reassures employees about salaries


Parliamentary Finance

2021 budget

2021-01-02 12:49

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Shafaq News / The Finance Committee in the Iraqi Parliament announced, on Saturday, that it had received a copy of the general budget for 2021.

A member of the committee, Mahasin Hamdoun Al-Dali, told Shafaq News that “the amendments and deduction will be on the salaries of the three presidencies and special ranks.”

She emphasized that “the salaries of employees and retirees will not allow the Finance Committee to be affected at all,” noting that “its committee will work to preserve compensation for the affected and victims of terrorism with regard to the liberated provinces.”

The Presidency of Parliament announced Tuesday (December 29 last) the arrival of the draft budget bill to Parliament in preparation for discussion and approval.

According to the draft seen by Shafaq News, the budget is 164 trillion dinars, with a fiscal deficit of 71 trillion.

The budget was based on an estimated price of $ 42 per barrel of oil and an export rate of 3.250 million barrels per day, including 250,000 barrels from the fields of the Kurdistan Region.

Al-Kazemi challenges: Even if the reviews cost me my life, the reviews won’t stop me




2021-01-02 12:46

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Shafaq News / The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi stressed on Saturday that the auctions and parades will not stop his way to reform the country’s conditions, even if that cost him his life.

This came in a speech that bears a lot of challenge to Shiite factions close to Iran that sometimes disregard the state’s official institutions, including the prime minister, and do not obey them.

During the dialogue session with a number of ministers, university professors and political analysts, according to a statement by his office, Al-Kazemi said, “We start our year with hope, the ordeal has counted, and we open a new era in which we need cohesion and continuation of the reform approach.”

He added, “2020 was a difficult year for humanity with the outbreak of the Corona epidemic, the economic crisis, and security and political challenges, and in Iraq the crisis was more complex. We lost precious lives and suffered a lot,” noting that “the crisis and social mobility with all that resulted from it, are a bell.” A danger to everyone, and that the country is in danger .. The people have lost their confidence not only in the political forces, but in the state and its institutions. ”

Al-Kazemi pointed out that “the government that was honored to entrust its leadership came amid all these major crises, and from the first moment it worked to dismantle these crises and reduce their effects on our people and the future of our generations, and we were removed from the specter of a regional and international conflict that could have entered the Iraqi in a long series of wars.”

He pointed out that “the state has regained its health and confidence in its capabilities in the past 6 months. The security forces have become more confident and solid and have restored their relationship with the people, and the army is today more harmonious, and it is ready at any moment to protect the people against any danger.”

On the level of foreign relations, Al-Kazemi said, “6 months of the work of this government was enough to ensure that Iraq enjoys the strongest system of regional and international relations and confidence in it and its government that it has not seen for many decades .. Today all our neighbors and the world are seeking to support Iraq and cooperate in its rise from its stalemate. Everyone realized that regional and international balances need a strong, cohesive, and clear Iraq, and this did not come out of void, but rather from work, effort, goodwill and frankness in dealing with everyone.

Concerning early elections, he said, “We have made great strides in it. We now have an electoral law, a completed commission, and an election financing law, and we are left with nothing but the formation of the Federal Court, which we work with with all force.”

He said, “Our people were affected a lot by the financial crisis, just as the world was affected by the economic crisis resulting from the Corona pandemic, but its impact on Iraq was more difficult … and unfortunately previous governments did not plan for such crises,” noting that “Iraq has not witnessed any development, but rather has been destroyed. Its industry, agriculture, education and health system, during recent decades. ”

He stated, “The Iraqi economy has become subject to oil prices, in a weak economic environment with the outbreak of the epidemic. Corruption has eaten everything and everything.”

He added, “We were able to continue to provide the salaries of employees, and we carried out reforms and prepared a white paper capable of facing this crisis and the coming crises, and we will not allow the collapse of Iraq or its bankruptcy as other countries have bankrupted.”

Al-Kazemi added, “We protected the poor in the budget, and we will start implementing the white paper, and the most important thing is to adopt the budget, work and invest in major projects that will provide job opportunities for young people, and the market will revive and Iraq will become a source for industry and agriculture, not just oil.”

Regarding corruption, he said, “We have established the Committee to Combat Corruption and Exceptional Crimes, and for the first time big heads find themselves in prison that are not protected by a party or influential people, and they are continuing to do so, and 2021 will be the year of uncovering the major facts about corruption that affected the economy and development.”

He continued, “We presented an ambitious budget coinciding with the white paper reforms, and we were subjected to stabbing and auctions because of it,” adding, “I have always confirmed that I have come for reform, and the bids and shows will not stop me even if that cost me my life.”

He stressed, “Enough bids at the expense of Iraq … the budget and the white paper are not just cosmetic reforms to compliment each other. Rather, it is an effort supported by all international economic institutions and all respected experts. We have to touch the deep wounds of Iraq. It is enough to bleed Iraq’s funds, capabilities and resources.”

He said, “This is our last chance to get up and say before you and our people: I am not aspiring to a ruling or position, and I place my interest and my political future as a price for reform,” adding, “We are 17 years late, and we will not be late after that, and every bidder must put the interest of Iraq before his conscience.”

He concluded by saying, “The year 2021 is the year (the Iraqi achievement). We will all reach this achievement quickly and efficiently, and the state will triumph, Iraq will triumph over all challenges.”

A new warning from Washington and Baghdad to Tehran

2021-01-02 07:49

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Shafaq News / The “Wall Street Journal” reported that the American and Iraqi authorities have warned Iran and the militias it supports against any attacks on diplomats or US military forces in Iraq.

The newspaper stated that any action by Iran would be met with a quick response, as the anniversary of an American drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, approaches.

On Wednesday, the US military commander for the Middle East, General Frank MacKenzie, said: “Nobody should reduce our ability to defend our forces or act decisively in response to any attack.”

The Iranian-backed armed groups’ calls for violence against the Americans increased in the period leading up to January 3, the day on which the Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Authority “Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis” and their comrades were killed while leaving Baghdad airport last year.

On Thursday, a pro-Iranian Iraqi news group posted on the Telegram messaging service a picture of the US embassy that read: “Always remember I can see what you’re doing.”

“NBC News” quoted an American official as saying that Iran was planning to attack American forces in the region, indicating that there were indications of a possible Iranian attack in the Middle East, while CNN reported that an American official said they do not know whether the Iranian preparedness is for a defensive or offensive purpose.

This comes on the eve of the anniversary of the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, as Iranian officials’ statements and positions varied between the military threatening revenge and striking America’s targets, and the politicians who work to calm and warn of an American war that would inflame the entire Middle East region.

In the new threats, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Hossein Salami, said that “the taking of revenge continues and is not limited to one point”, referring to the promise of “harsh revenge” that he made since last year.

He added that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard would take revenge for the killing of Qassem Soleimani in “favorable circumstances.”

The exchange rate of the dollar against the dinar in the first days of 2021


Economy News _ Baghdad

On Friday (January 1, 2021) the “Economy News” publishes the exchange rates of the dollar in local markets.

The sale price of the dollar is 144,500 for $ 100

The purchase price of the dollar is 144,000 for $ 100

Yesterday, Thursday (December 31, 2020) exchange rates were: the selling price of the dollar was 145,500, and the purchase price of the dollar 143,500.

Parliamentary Finance reveals to {Al Furat News} the truth about the intention of the Central Bank to change the dollar’s exchange rate

Time: 01/02/2021 12:31:58 Read: 28,704 times

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Parliamentary Finance Committee revealed, on Saturday, the fact that the Central Bank intends to change the exchange rate of the dollar again.

Committee member Jamal Cougar told {Al Furat News} that “it is not possible for the central bank to re-price the dollar again,” stressing that “do not retreat from the new exchange rate and it is unrealistic for the monetary authority to circumvent itself.”

Cougar added, “There will be no retreat from changing the exchange rate, and no new rate may be adopted because it will confuse the entire market,” noting that “we need two weeks to overcome the crisis of price change so that citizens adjust to the new price.”

Raghad Daham