Kurdistan government: We are committed to the results of the agreement with the federal government

Political | 07:38 – 01/08/2021

Baghdad – Mawazine News

, spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government, Jutiar Adel, confirmed, on Friday, that the regional government is committed to the results of the agreement with the federal government.

According to government media, Adel said, “Since the formation of the government, the technical and sub-committees began their mission to audit imports in the region according to the Federal and Federal Office of Supervision and in coordination with the Office of Supervision in the region,” noting that “joint cooperation exists, the work of the committees continues and the visits are mutual, and that there are committees A high-ranking official recently visited Baghdad for the purpose of implementing and achieving the agreement between the two parties.

He added that “during the recent visit of the Vice President of the Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, to Baghdad, the conditions for implementing and implementing the budget were agreed upon, and the delivery of 250 barrels per day, and there is no problem with this issue,” indicating that “there is a big challenge with the subject of the budget law, which everyone hopes to pass.” As is”.

He stressed that “the region has shown full commitment to the constitution and the agreement on the region’s share and implementation paragraphs regarding the federal budget, and there is no argument left, and I confirm commitment to the agreement between the federal government and the region.”

Adel pointed out that “the regional government is committed to any mechanism or agreement regarding border crossings within the framework of the constitution,” noting that “in the constitution, border crossings have joint powers for the regional government and the federal government, and the region will welcome any mechanism or agreement in this regard that is within the framework of the constitution and abides by it.” Ended 29 / A43


Biden appoints an envoy to the Middle East who visited Iraq frequently

Time: 01/08/2021 22:36:49 Read: 1,170 times

{International: Al Furat News} US President-elect Joe Biden announced additional members of his National Security Council team, including Brett McGurk, Middle East and North Africa coordinator.

A statement issued by the office of President-elect Biden said that the primary role of the National Security Council at the White House is to provide advice and assistance to the President on national security and foreign policies, and to coordinate those policies across government agencies. 

The staff was announced today, under the direction of National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, and the assistance of President-elect Biden and Vice President Harris, according to the statement.

 Biden and Harris affirmed that their new team is “experienced and talented,” describing their administration as “similar to America and ready to present results to the American people on the first day, as leaders in the National Security Council,” and that they will work “relentlessly to protect the security of Americans.”

The National Security Council plays a critical role in maintaining the security and safety of the United States of America.

McGurk, who has been selected today as Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, as a “distinguished” lecturer.

He held “senior positions” in the field of national security in the last three departments, the most recent of which was the Special Presidential Envoy for the International Coalition to Defeat ISIS (2015-2018).

He previously held the positions of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-2015), Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near Eastern Affairs at the National Security Council (2007-2009), and Director of Iraq Affairs at the National Security Council (2005-2007).

The US envoy visited Iraq a lot during the war on ISIS and the formation of an international coalition headed by the United States.

McGurk graduated from the University of Connecticut and Columbia Law School, and subsequently served as law clerk for Supreme Court President William Reinquist on the US Supreme Court.

Ammar Al-Masoudi


A statement from the US embassy in Baghdad about the recent congressional events

Sweeteners- 01-08-2021 07:54 PM – Readings: 7107

Today, Friday, the US embassy in Baghdad issued a statement about the latest events in Congress.  

US Ambassador Matthew Tueller said in a statement: “We at the United States Embassy know that all eyes have been on events in America in the past few days,” adding that “freedom of expression is a crucial component of a vibrant and effective democracy, and this freedom, along with freedom of assembly “Peaceful protest is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States of America. However, there are those who may use the right of peaceful protest as a cover for chaos and criminal activity.”  

“This behavior is unacceptable, and leaders from across the political spectrum have been widely condemned. We are a state of laws, and those who attempt to obstruct the work of elected representatives in America will be held accountable,” the statement noted.  

“Most importantly, despite the attempt to disrupt the procedures, Congress has completed the constitutional process to confirm the winner of the presidential elections in November 2020, and the inauguration ceremony for President-elect Joseph Biden will take place on January 20,” he said.  

“We know that in Iraq, just as in the United States, politics often overlaps with entrenched sentiments and can be an unbridled and divisive force. We also know that despite differences in political opinion, Iraqis, like Americans, all seek to” Same thing: building a better nation for themselves and their children. ”  

“For us Americans, we are pleased with the remarks from allies and partners around the world about their belief in the power of our democracy. We look forward to continuing our work here as we continue to help our Iraqi partners build a secure, stable and prosperous Iraq,” he said.  

U.S. Embassy Baghdad


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8 يناير 2021

10:38 AM · Jan 8, 2021


America imposes sanctions on Faleh Al-Fayyad



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Shafaq News / On Friday, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on the head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Authority, and the former National Security Adviser, Faleh al-Fayyad, for his links to human rights violations.

The Treasury Department’s statement said that the PMF factions loyal to Iran attacked the participants in the Iraqi demonstrations in October 2019, which protested against corruption, unemployment, economic stagnation, poor public services, and Iran’s interference in the internal affairs of Iraq.

The statement added that Al-Fayyad was a member of the Crisis Cell that was formed in late 2019, which consisted mainly of leaders of the Popular Mobilization Factions, in order to suppress Iraqi protesters, with the support of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

“Today, the pro-Iranian elements in the Popular Mobilization Forces continue to wage an assassination campaign against political activists in Iraq, who call for free and fair elections, respect for human rights and the appointment of a clean government,” the statement continued.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, “Politicians and allies with Iran, such as Faleh al-Fayyad, have waged a violent campaign against Iraqi democracy and civil society by overseeing and managing the killing of peaceful Iraqi protesters.”

The statement clarified that the sanctions imposed on Al-Fayadh will include the confiscation of all his property and personal interests in the United States, or those belonging to him that are in the possession or control of American persons.

Sanctions will also include a ban on any entities that Al-Fayyad owns 50 percent of its stake, or that he and others own directly or indirectly.

The sanctions against Fayyad come in implementation of Executive Order No. 13818, which provides for the punishment of human rights violators around the world and those who publish corruption.


Iraq issues an official position on the restoration of relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar






Relationships return

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Shafaq News / On Friday, the Iraqi government welcomed the return of relations between Saudi Arabia and the State of Qatar to their normal framework, according to its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ministry said in a statement received by Shafaq News, “We highly appreciate the efforts and endeavors of the State of Kuwait in this regard, which have led to a comprehensive reconciliation between the two sides.”

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan announced during a press conference after the Gulf Cooperation Council summit, which opened Tuesday in the Saudi city of Al-Ula, with the participation of the Emir of the State of Qatar, the return of full relations between the boycotting countries and Qatar, including flights.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

The four countries had taken measures to boycott Qatar, including closing its airspace to Qatari planes, preventing commercial dealings with the emirate and stopping Qataris from entering its lands, which caused the separation of family members of mixed nationalities from each other.

After Saudi Arabia closed its airspace, Qatari planes were forced to fly over Iran, the traditional rivals of Riyadh and Washington, and pay exorbitant fees to Tehran for that (more than $ 100 million annually, according to the New York Times).


Iraqi Finance announces new developments in the dinar exchange rate



The price of the dinar

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Shafaq News / The Ministry of Finance promised on Friday to make an adjustment to the exchange rate of the foreign currency against the Iraqi dinar, after the decision taken by the Central Bank to reduce the value of the local currency and increase the prices of imported goods and goods in the country.

The ministry said in a statement received by Shafaq News that it is fully aware that there are a number of supportive measures that must be taken to increase the positive effects of adjusting the exchange rate. The Finance Ministry was unable to do this publicly due to the sensitivity of the issue and because the budget must first be approved by the Council of Ministers.

And she continued that she led extensive discussions in the past weeks after the budget was approved by the Council of Ministers regarding the follow-up to adjusting the exchange rate with many parties inside and outside the government.

 She added that these discussions will culminate next week with a proposed expanded meeting with the main economic actors from the public and private sectors, where the Ministry of Finance will develop its detailed policy program designed to increase the benefits from adjusting the exchange rate.

 In its statement, the ministry expressed its hope that these measures will coincide with discussions within the House of Representatives on the budget.

The statement indicated that “the main policy measures to protect the poor and vulnerable have been included in the budget and discussed in the minister’s statement regarding the budget.”

The Central Bank of Iraq had decided to raise the price of selling the dollar to banks and exchange companies to 1460 dinars, from 1182 dinars to the dollar, with the aim of compensating for the decline in oil revenues caused by the deterioration of oil prices.

Iraq relies on 90% of its income on oil revenues, and the last time it devalued the dinar was in December 2015 when it raised the selling price of the dollar to 1182 dinars, compared to 1166 dinars in the past.

The central bank launched its decision regarding the new pricing for selling the dollar in the auction for the currency on the 20th of last December, and since then, the bank has witnessed a decline in currency sales.

Iraq is under great pressure under the weight of the worst economic crisis it has witnessed since 2003 until now due to the low oil prices and the outbreak of the Corona virus.