The US State Department formally made an offer to negotiate with Iran

2021/03/08 23:30

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The US State Department announced, on Monday, that it had formally submitted a negotiating offer with Iran within the framework of the 5 + 1 group.

The US State Department said: We offered to negotiate with Iran within the framework of the 5 + 1 group, in accordance with the European plan, and we hope for a positive response. 

On Sunday, March 7, 2021, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that the only party that paid the price for preserving the nuclear agreement is Iran.

The Iranian president said that the only party that paid the price for preserving the nuclear deal was Iran, according to the Iranian IRNA agency.

Rouhani stressed the difficulty of continuing in this way, and all parties to the nuclear agreement must abide by Security Council Resolution 2231.

Rouhani announced his country’s readiness to work with international organizations to settle the region’s crises, believing that America had failed to impose the illegal embargo policy and to exert maximum pressure on the Iranian people.

Iran has so far refused to participate in an EU-mediated meeting between major powers and the United States on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal.

European sources said last week that Tehran had given positive signals about starting informal talks, after European powers canceled plans to criticize Tehran at the International Atomic Energy Agency.



Al-Halbousi directs to include the budget bill next Monday

Political | 09:56 – 08/03/2021

Baghdad – Mawazine News

Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi directed that the budget bill be included next Monday.

A statement of his media office, Mawazine News received, stated that “Al-Halbousi directed the inclusion of the budget bill next Monday, based on a request submitted by Representative Yusef Al-Kalabi signed by 150 deputies.”

The agenda of the House of Representatives session today included the completion of voting on the articles of the Federal Supreme Court bill, voting on the draft law of the first amendment to the Fund for Supporting Internal Sections in the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research No. 7 of 2012, and voting on the draft law of the second amendment to the Public Roads Law No. 35 of 2002, voting on the draft law to confront the Corona pandemic, and discussion of the second reading of the draft law on leasing agricultural lands, in addition to general discussions.

Under pressure from 150 deputies … Include the budget on the parliament session’s schedule




The financial budget

2021-03-08 13:46

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Shafaq News / The President of the Iraqi Parliament (Parliament), Muhammad al-Halbousi, directed, on Monday, to include the draft federal financial budget bill for the current year on the agenda of the next parliament session.

The correspondent of Shafaq News Agency reported that Al-Halbousi had directed the inclusion of the budget bill on the agenda of next Monday’s session, based on a request submitted by Representative Yousef Al-Kalabi signed by 150 deputies.

Barzani hopes to resolve differences with Baghdad with “tolerance and peace.”

Kurdistan Region

Nechirvan Barzani

Pope visit

2021-03-08 12:00

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Shafaq News / The President of Kurdistan Region, Nigerian Barzani stressed, on Monday, the need to adhere to the values of peace and tolerance and erase hatred and hatred that Pope Francis called for during his visit to Iraq and the region, calling for the adoption of these values in resolving disputes between Kurdistan and the federal government.

Barzani said in a statement received by Shafaq News, “We look with high respect and appreciation to the visit of His Holiness, the Pope, to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, who, in addition to the bad conditions, insisted on his visit, and we sincerely thank His Holiness.”

He added, “His Holiness’s praise for the culture of coexistence and tolerance in Kurdistan is a matter of our pride and honor.”

Barzani expressed his thanks “to all the religious and ethnic components in Kurdistan who participated in the welcoming and hospitality ceremonies of His Holiness, the Pope with lively hearts, especially the dignitaries, Muslim religious scholars and all other religions in Kurdistan and Iraq, who showed a beautiful image of urbanization and the original urbanization of the components of the people of Kurdistan and the culture of tolerance, coexistence and brotherhood. To the whole world. ”

And the region’s president added that “treating the wounds of war and terrorism in Iraq, as His Holiness the Pope said in the Irbil mass, is only tolerance, indulgence and forgiveness, and this is precisely God’s request of his servants, and God’s will for us to have a pure heart, free from hatred, far from discrimination and deception.” And the desire for retribution, but on the contrary, extremism and retribution, as His Holiness said, plunges us into an endless cycle. ”

He stressed, “We in the Kurdistan Region support and support His Holiness’s message of peace, tolerance, acceptance of the other, eradicating hatred and rancor, militancy, terrorism and retribution. These principles and values are the main foundations of Kurdistan society and we preserve them as we always do. We hope that we in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region will do this spirituality.” Values solve differences between us. ”

Barzani concluded his statement by saying, “I thank the cooperation and coordination between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government and all relevant parties that made this historic visit take place at a high level of protocol, organizational and security aspects.”

The head of the regional government announces his position on Al-Kazemi’s call for dialogue

Time: 03/08/2021 20:16:59 Read: 507 times

Masrour Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government: In the 

name of the Kurdistan Regional Government, I welcome and support the invitation of the Federal Prime Minister, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to hold a national dialogue between the Iraqi parties to solve all problems and conflicts radically. 

We also express our readiness to reach a comprehensive and final agreement to solve all problems between the federal government and the Kurdistan Region on the basis of the constitution.

The House of Representatives completes voting on the Federal Court bill


Monday 8 March 2021 | 07:35 pm

The House of Representatives completed voting on the Federal Supreme Court bill. The House of Representatives voted by a two-thirds majority on Articles 8, 10 and 21 of the Federal Supreme Court bill. The House of Representatives session began under the chairmanship of Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi and in the presence of 250 deputies.


(FILES) In this file photo US President Joe Biden speaks on the passage of the American Rescue Plan in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 6, 2021. (SAUL LOEB / AFP)

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SULAIMANI — US President Joe Biden welcomed the “historic” visit by Pope Francis to Iraq on Monday (March 8), saying it sent an “important” message of brotherhood and peace. 

“To see Pope Francis visit ancient religious sites, including the biblical birthplace of Abraham, spend time with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf, and offer prayers in Mosul — a city that only a few years ago endured the depravity and intolerance of a group like ISIS — is a symbol of hope for the entire world.” Biden wrote. 

The 84-year-old’s packed three-day visit passed off without a hitch despite concerns about security and the coronavirus pandemic. He covered more than 900 miles (1,400 kilometers) inside the conflict-ravaged country.

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Al-Kazemi: We have succeeded in crossing the economic crisis and an international readiness to support Iraq in reform

March 2021 08 11:07

Baghdad / Al-Masalla: During a press conference, Monday 8 March 2021, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi said that Iraq has succeeded in crossing the economic crisis, indicating that there is an international readiness to support Iraq in reform.

Obelisk publishes the text of the Prime Minister’s speech

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Our dear, honorable people …

with all kindness and appreciation bid farewell to the people of Iraq today, His Holiness, Pope Francis, with the same love, generosity and human authenticity they received.

This dear and generous visit, with all the signs of welcome and national consensus that it was full of the success of its noble purposes, represented a bright point that embodied the essence of our loving, sincere, civilized people who believed in the values of justice and peace.

The message of His Holiness reached all parts of the world, as he wandered with a heart full of hope in the beloved cities of Iraq,

and the message of our people reached all the peoples of the earth to say:

We, the people of Iraq, the people of history and civilization, we have suffered many wars .. and blood has spilled on our land until I lost my mind … and death spread its black shadow in our homes for decades … and the crows of weapons, corruption, terrorism and hatred

ravaged our lands … But our authentic metal did not rust, because the spirit of life, love of peace and adherence to human values has not rusted …

We have nothing but great human meanings in our souls …

We have lived together for more than six thousand years ago, and we are still together .. We

hold in the hand of each other the multiplicity of our religions, sects, and nationalities, just as the hands of His Eminence Al-Sistani and His Holiness the Pope …

Iraq is the message of humanity and peace, Iraq is the crown of tolerance, and Baghdad is the city of peace and the platform for the intellectual movement.

Our dear beloved people ..

Iraq faces a real opportunity to restore its historic role in the region and the world despite all obstacles and challenges, and

we, as a government, are committed to the will of our people to achieve security, peace, reconstruction and prosperity.

On the basis of this historical responsibility, and in the atmosphere of love and tolerance promoted by the visit of His Holiness the Pope to the land of Iraq, the land of Mesopotamia, we present today the call for a (national dialogue), to be a means of achieving the aspirations of our people.

We call on all the different political forces, popular and youth protesters, and opponents of the government to the table of responsible dialogue before our people and before history. We call on our forces and political parties to give priority to the interest of the country and to move away from the language of convulsive rhetoric and political projection, and to prepare for the success of early elections, and to give our people the opportunity for hope and confidence In the state and in the democratic system …


our Iraqi youth, our youth everywhere …

I realize the extent of your suffering, your ambitions, and the injustice that befell you, but we have to be patient and unite, for the sake of Iraq, for the sake of the homeland, and for the sake of the future that befits our generations, and that is why the government needs enough time to protect Iraq and arrange our national Iraqi home ..

Stressing the situation is not in the interest of the country, and sufficient time must be given to the government to build on the achievements during the past period, and to secure elections on sober and fair foundations.

My brothers … dear opponents … I invite you, in all sincerity, to an open and frank dialogue with the government on the basis of the country’s interest, security and sovereignty, and on the basis of preserving the security of Iraq, supporting the state and the rule of law.

The strategic dialogue initiated by the government on arrangements for cooperation with the international coalition is based mainly on creating the environment and timings for the removal of all combat forces from the land of Iraq, within the framework of agreed-upon technical mechanisms while preserving the best relations with the coalition countries, in a manner that guarantees the sovereignty and security of Iraq ..

as well . I call for a genuine, deep national dialogue, at all official, party and popular levels, to reach a framework for a final agreement on the relationship between the central government and the Kurdistan region in a way that preserves the unity of the Iraqi territories and addresses the accumulated problems radically.

Since its formation, the government has been working on restoring Iraq’s external relations and establishing to restore Iraq to its natural position and its regional weight internationally, and we have made advanced steps in this field, and the visit of His Holiness the Pope was a reinforcement of these steps. International to support Iraq in the economic reform project, after we succeeded in crossing the economic crisis.

Accordingly, we call on all the brothers, neighbors and friends of Iraq to consolidate the values of peace and cooperation among the countries of the region and to banish the specter of wars, disagreements and conflicts that will not serve our peoples of a common history.

Today, Iraq affirms its full readiness to play an effective role in consecrating the calm and opening the doors for dialogue to solve the region’s crises, and for everyone to be partners in development, not a focus of disagreement and conflicts.

Iraq has insisted on its refusal to be an arena for external conflicts, and the logic of cooperation and brotherhood is the only acceptable one for our people and for Iraq. 

Our honorable people .. On

your behalf , I extend my thanks and appreciation to all those who contributed to the success of the historic visit of His Holiness the Pope to the land of Iraq ..

governmental institutions, popular activities and political forces.

On behalf of all of you, I thank His Holiness the Pope, who loved Iraq and the people of Iraq, and touched the goodness, depth and authenticity of this great, powerful and diverse people.

We thank your Holiness for every word of fairness towards our people, every call for dialogue, tolerance and peace that I have delivered throughout our beloved Iraq, and for every emotional interaction with the challenges that this people faces.

 Ahli along the country

you are Iraq, the foothold of your feet lived human civilizations, and have come together and published love, thought and science, you Sumer and Babylon and confirmed Assyria, you are the last extension of the present , the future

you Iraq , the prophets, imams, saints, scholars and creators .. and you renewed hope and you are life makers ..

lived Iraq Long live Iraq.

Media Office of the Prime Minister 



The Iraqi parliament holds a “special” meeting due to the high oil prices


Iraqi Council of Representatives

High oil prices

2021 budget

2021-03-08 06:27

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Shafaq News / The Finance Committee of the Iraqi Parliament revealed today, Monday, that an urgent and special meeting will be held to discuss the high oil prices and its impact on the 2021 budget bill.

A member of the committee, Muhammad Ibrahim, told Shafaq News, “The Parliamentary Finance Committee will hold an urgent and special meeting shortly to discuss the high oil prices and its impact on the 2021 budget bill, and to study this rise is it sufficient to cover the fiscal deficit completely or will it work Reducing it, and the possibility of dispensing loans after this rise. ”

And between Ibrahim; That “there is a possibility that some amendments will be made to the draft budget bill in 2021, after this rise, and this matter will also be discussed, discussed and studied thoroughly at the meeting, which will be held shortly by the Parliamentary Finance Committee.”

The President of the Kurdistan Region announces his position on the Al-Kazemi initiative


Kurdistan Region


Nechirvan Barzani

Mustafa Al-Kazemi

2021-03-08 06:21

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Shafaq News / The President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani announced, on Monday, his support for a political initiative launched by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi.

Barzani said in his tweet, “I support Prime Minister Al-Kazemi’s call for a national dialogue between the various Iraqi parties and a real and deep dialogue in order to reach a final agreement and develop radical solutions to the problems of the Kurdistan Region with the federal Iraqi government in accordance with the constitution.”

On Monday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi issued a call to opponents of the government, for what he called an “open and frank dialogue” based on the country’s interest, security and sovereignty, as well as calling for a real national dialogue to reach a final agreement on the relationship between the central government and the Kurdistan Region in a way that preserves the territorial integrity and addresses the problems. Radically.