The Council of Ministers decides to adopt the biometric card as proof



Official statement……

The Council of Ministers decided to count the long-term biometric voter card as one of the identification documents approved by state departments.

The decision urges all employees and contractors working in all state institutions to update their biometric data within (60) days, and to obtain a long-term biometric voter card.

The resolution will be implemented, starting from 1/2/2021.

General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers

January 16, 2021


The government announces the start of the implementation of the decision to approve the biometric card as an identity document from next February

01/16/2021 19:36

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The Cabinet Secretariat announced, on Saturday, January 16, 2021, that the decision of the Council of Ministers to adopt the biometric card as an evidence document will start its implementation from the beginning of next February.

In a statement, the secretariat said, “The Council of Ministers decided to count the long-term biometric voter card, one of the identification documents approved by state departments.”

The statement added, “The decision urges all employees and contractors working in all state institutions to update their biometric data within 60 days and obtain a long-term biometric voter card,” indicating that “the decision will be implemented as of February 1, 2021.”

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Iraqi national and foreign security discuss the regional openness of Iraq

Time: 01/16/2021 19:27:09 Read: 455 times

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) National Security Adviser Qassem Al-Araji and Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein Al-Fatah discussed a regional meeting.

A statement by the National Security Adviser, the Evert News Agency received a copy of today, stated that “Qassem Al-Araji met, today, Saturday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fuad Hussein, and during the meeting, they discussed the latest political developments and Iraq’s foreign relations, and emphasized the strengthening and development of Iraq’s relations with its regional and international surroundings. . 

He added, “The two sides stressed the continuation of openness to the countries of the world in the interest of Iraq and its people, with an emphasis on Iraq’s steadfast position to be a meeting point with everyone and outside the framework of crises.”

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Parliament ends discussion of the 2021 draft budget



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2021-01-16 10:32

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Shafaq News / The Iraqi Council of Representatives (Parliament), in its thirty-fifth session that was resumed headed by Hassan Al-Kaabi, First Deputy Speaker on Saturday, ended the discussion of the budget bill for 2021.

A statement issued by the Council, received by Shafaq News Agency, stated that the deputies demanded, during their interventions, to distribute revenues fairly between governorates, taking into account the disbursement of petrodollar dues and the benefits of border crossings, allocating and disbursing financial dues to mobilize the Ministry of Defense, doubling the sums allocated to the Reconstruction Fund for Liberated Areas, and imposing taxes on materials. Imported products that have an analogue of the local product in support of it, as well as supporting the Ministry of Education by increasing financial allocations and paying attention to scientific research centers, asking about the reasons for the decrease in support for the ration card items.

The deputies ’remarks promised that the government would direct the budget through the draft budget bill, in contradiction to what it proposed in the white paper aimed at reform, calling for the government to adopt a deliberate vision to reduce the level of unemployment among the youth segments and to demand support for the sporting reality in Iraq by increasing the financial allocation for it, in addition to activating the Council The Federal Service is to take its role in professionally creating and deleting job grades and proposing to install night guards on the 6000 employees of the Ministry of Interior or Oil concerned with the protection of oil wells, and to demand the government, for reasons of its neglect, to set up a mechanism to pay the debts accumulated on the Kurdistan Regional Government from selling oil.

During the session chaired by Bashir Al-Haddad, Deputy Speaker of the House, the opinions of the deputies focused on giving importance to investment projects and lagging, calling for the re-operation of the stalled factories in the governorates and providing support to the development ministries in the country in relation to the financial inflation presented to the security ministries and demanding the cancellation of Resolution No. 94 of 2010 related to launching Promoting employees who hold a diploma and graduates of institutes, according to the statement.

In its response to the interventions, the Finance Committee indicated that it had received 162 requests from MPs related to the draft General Budget Law 2021, pointing to setting a schedule to respond to the observations received, noting that determining the price of a barrel of oil and currency exchange in the budget law is the prerogative of the government, indicating that implementing the law The budget requires reducing the volume of total spending and activating the private sector, both industrial and agricultural, stressing that it takes into consideration the proposals put forward regarding the budget law.

For his part, Bashir Al-Haddad called for efforts by the parliamentary blocs and committees in cooperation with the Finance Committee to pass the general federal budget law in the service of citizens in general and in the interest of all governorates without exception, noting the need for the government to follow a policy of reducing expenditures and consolidating revenues to reduce the financial deficit in the budget in particular With the instability of the economic situation in Iraq, as well as coordination and cooperation to solve the outstanding problems between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government.

In another context, the discussions of the ladies and gentlemen of the representatives in public affairs focused on demanding the payment of farmers ’dues, looking at the dues of contracts for good deeds, and investigating the reasons for the transfer of one billion dinars from the budget of Nineveh Governorate to Salah al-Din Governorate, in addition to investigating the security breaches that occurred in some areas of the governorate Diyala.

Then it was decided to adjourn the session indefinitely.

Parliament is scheduled to begin voting on budget items in the coming sessions.

American diplomat James Jeffrey: Trump’s model will continue in Iraq and Syria

420 Policy 01/16/2021 14:41

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James F. Jeffrey, the special envoy for the International Coalition to Defeat ISIS, continues the approach of outgoing US President Donald Trump in defining the US goals in Syria, Iraq and the Middle East.

Jeffrey, head of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, said in an article published by Foreign Affairs magazine, “Despite the difficulty of predicting Trump’s real policy views, the Trump administration has taken a different path in dealing with the Middle East and US interests. Clear, by keeping US targets limited, responding to looming regional threats, and working primarily through partners on the ground. ”

He added, “Trump avoided the pitfalls that his predecessors faced while still pushing American interests, despite all (partisan rancor in discussions about foreign policy today), this new paradigm must – and is likely to continue – defining American policy. It provides the best option for containing challenges in the Middle East and prioritizing geopolitical challenges elsewhere, “he said.

“In many ways, Trump’s priorities in the Middle East differed slightly from those of his predecessors: eliminating weapons of mass destruction, supporting US partners, combating terrorism, and facilitating the export of hydrocarbons. But in other respects, it is his administration – in which it served as an envoy to all of Syria.” And the coalition to confront ISIS has achieved a remarkable shift in the model of the United States’ approach to the region. Both American presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have pursued transformative campaigns in the Middle East based on the mistaken belief that the United States, through its political and military penetration of countries there, can address the underlying causes of terrorism. Islamic and permanent regional instability. ”

He noted, “The Trump administration has largely ignored the domestic behavior of important partners, including Egypt, Turkey, and even Saudi Arabia, despite the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the administration has made clear that it will publicly support Israel when it comes to Palestinian issues, and nullify the old American and international policies on operations.” Transferring weapons, the Golan Heights, Jerusalem and Western Sahara. ”

“Trump has combined his sanctions campaign with an attempt to counter Iran’s regional expansion – especially in Syria and Iraq,” the US diplomatic officer said.

“By late 2017, the Trump administration had developed its own policy toward Syria, once again based on principles of countering regional threats while working with allies and partners: pushing Iran out, defeating ISIS permanently, and resolving civil conflict in the country,” he added.

Unsurprisingly, he said, US policy put Washington at odds with Moscow, which saw Syria as the primary venue for diplomatic and military re-engagement in the Middle East. In line with its goal of confronting regional threats from its peers, the United States has repeatedly responded to military activity. Russian and mercenaries in northeastern Syria and Turkey helped repel the joint Syrian-Russian incursions in the northwest of the country, but Turkey’s opposition to the United States’ local Syrian Kurdish partner in the northeast, the Syrian Democratic Forces – linked to the PKK or the PKK – complicated that relationship. “.

He continued, “This tension led to a brief military and diplomatic incident in October 2019, and although Washington and Ankara succeeded in resolving the crisis, it made clear the difficulty of working through partners – whether they were from the Syrian Democratic Forces or the Turks – whose agendas may exceed what is possible.” To be backed by Washington. ”

“In Iraq, the United States tried to isolate its military effort against ISIS from the larger conflict against Iran, however, the escalation began against the American forces, and Trump responded in the end, and Iran responded by launching a ballistic missile attack on an American base, but it failed to inflict heavy losses.” According to the text of his article.

American diplomat James Jeffrey: Trump’s model will continue in Iraq and Syria

Parliamentary Finance: To vote on the budget next week .. This is the fate of the salary deduction

Time: 01/16/2021 15:22:47 Read: 3,471 times

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Diyar Barwari, revealed today, Saturday, that his committee is making a great effort in the matter of adjusting the budget and has continuous meetings.

Berwari said in a press interview: “Today we envision the last session to receive the remarks and proposals of the deputies, and maybe this week we will have the final formulations of the law and maybe the vote on the law will take place next week.”

He pointed out that “there is a tendency to pressure spending in the budget and we want to coordinate with the government so as not to affect the ruling expenditures.”

He continued: “Unfortunately, the budget includes functional deductions amounting to 5 trillion dinars, and the government tried to enter it into the budget as an achievement, and these deductions are rejected by MPs and cannot take place because of the citizen’s financial situation with the increase of the dollar exchange rate and salaries deduction, and the House of Representatives against that.”

He explained that “the agreement between Baghdad and the region is in the budget and stipulated in articles 10 and 11 of the draft law in which the Kurdistan region pledges to provide 250 thousand barrels of oil to the Federal Oil Marketing Company {SOMO} and sovereign expenditures as imports from the ports to Baghdad, and this agreement took place between the two parties, but political parties. He is opposed to it in general, especially with the approaching elections, and to exploit this politically. ”

And that “justice in general in the distribution of wealth in the budget does not exist, and there is a disparity in the budgets between the provinces, including Basra, such as delayed payment of petrodollar dues and 5% of the outlets’ fees, and this includes all provinces and it is the duty of the provincial representatives in Parliament to defend their provinces.”

A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee concluded: “The current payment and thought in the parliament and the deputies, passing the budget before the end of the current legislative season after it was extended for a month and the legislative holiday was reduced for the purpose of approving the budget.”

Parliament resumes its session

Time: 01/16/2021 15:40:35 Read: 819 times

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The House of Representatives resumed its 35th session chaired by the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hassan Al-Kaabi.

Parliament is scheduled to complete its discussion of the fiscal budget bill for 2021.

The Foreign Ministry talks about its measures to remove Iraq from the list of money laundering

2021/01/16 13:21

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Section : Iraq

Baghdad / Obelisk: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained, on Saturday January 16, 2021, its procedures to remove the name of Iraq from the list of money laundering and terrorist financing.

In a statement received by Al-Masalla, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Al-Sahhaf said that the ministry worked very diligently and through our embassies scattered throughout the world to explain Iraq’s efforts in the field of combating money laundering and terrorist financing, and to demonstrate the extent of its commitment to the applicable international standards that resulted in the lifting of the name of Iraq. From the list of the FATF.

He added that our embassy in Brussels had contacted the Department of External Action in the European Commission, and inquired about the criteria that the European Union would follow in including countries in the new list, noting that the embassy had sent two official notes to the European Union requesting that it provide it with the European standards that Iraq should apply.

The statement continued that the Iraqi embassy in Brussels conducted a number of meetings, and also held a number of meetings, and among these meetings he was with the Director General of the Department of Stability, Services and Financial Markets in the European Commission for the purpose of inquiring about the issue of including Iraq on the European Union list of high-risk countries in the field of laundering Money and terrorist financing, explaining that Iraq’s efforts in this field and its commitment to the standards of the international anti-money laundering agency were explained, whether at the level of legislation or implementation, adding that the competent Iraqi authorities have referred many perpetrators of financial crimes related to this context to the specialized courts.

 He indicated that the steps that the Foreign Ministry had to take in this direction was that Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein sent a letter to his counterparts, the Foreign Ministers of the European Union countries, calling for an objection to the proposed delegated list in the Council of the European Union.

The statement indicated that the meetings and meetings were also conducted via video conference technology and phone calls with European ministers and parliamentarians to support Iraq’s objection and remove it from this list.