Kurdistan announces the date of the launch of the Joint Coordination Committee between Erbil and Baghdad

312 security 2021/03/09 21:24

Baghdad today – Follow-up 

The representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government in the Joint Operations Room, Abd al-Khaliq Talaat, announced, on Tuesday, the date of the launch of the joint coordination committee between Erbil and Baghdad between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army.

“The United States is determined to fill the security vacuum in the areas between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army, with forces from both sides of the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army,” Talaat said in a press statement followed by (Baghdad Today).

She added that “the joint coordination committee between Erbil and Baghdad will start its duties soon,” noting “a high-level meeting between the Iraqi Joint Operations Command and the Ministry of Peshmerga.”

He pointed out that “at the same time, the importance of the return of the Peshmerga forces to the borders of the disputed areas.”

“This coordination committee will consist of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command and the Ministry of Peshmerga, and it will monitor the areas suffering from a security vacuum and witnessing ISIS operations,” Talaat said.

He pointed out that “after the recent missile attack on Erbil on the 15th of last February, the American insistence on filling the security vacuum in the areas between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army increased with forces from both sides.”

Kurdistan announces the date of the launch of the Joint Coordination Committee between Erbil and Baghdad



Parliamentary Finance expects the dispute between Baghdad and Erbil to be resolved on this date

353 Policy 2021/03/09 20:51

Baghdad today – Baghdad 

A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Sherwan Mirza, expected, on Monday, to resolve the dispute that is still pending between the federal government and the Kurdistan region regarding Article 11 in the draft budget law for the year 2021, prior to the convening of the parliament session next Monday.

In an interview with (Baghdad Today), Sherwan Mirza said, “The dispute over the articles and paragraphs of Article 11 in the draft budget law 2021 concerning the share of the Kurdistan region is still going on with Baghdad, and we hope that it will be resolved before the session that was scheduled for next Monday, to present 2021 Budget Bill.

Mirza added, “Things are complicated so far and there is no breakthrough for the problem, but we hope that the two sides will reach an agreement before the session is held,” stressing that “the parliament will proceed to pass the budget bill in its current form.”

A member of the Finance Committee in Parliament stated that “the political blocs at the present time are trying to reach an agreement with the Kurdish political forces in order to pass the bill without boycotting the Kurds or any other problem that may occur and hinder the voting session.”

On Monday, the Speaker of Parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi, instructed to include the voting clause on the 2021 draft budget on the parliament’s agenda in next week’s session.

A brief statement stated that “the Speaker of Parliament directed the inclusion of the budget bill next Monday, based on a request submitted by Representative Youssef Al-Kalabi and signed by 150 deputies.”

The deputy of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Hassan Ali, had confirmed (Saturday, March 6, 2021) that no change had occurred in the negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil regarding the budget, due to the failure of the political blocs, particularly the Shiite ones, to respond to the region’s recent demands and their insistence on delivering oil Entire to Baghdad.

Ali said in an interview with (Baghdad Today): “We expect in the end, despite all the obstacles, that the budget will be voted on and that the region’s share be fixed, unlike what happened in the borrowing law, because the political mood has differed greatly, and there is a desire on both sides to reach common solutions. “.

Parliamentary Finance expects the dispute between Baghdad and Erbil to be resolved on this date


The Iraqi parliament prepares to vote on the 2021 budget … and fears of political trade-offs

Arab economy


Dry peace

09 March 2021

During a session of the Iraqi Parliament (Anatolia)



The Iraqi parliament has  set next Monday as the date for voting on the 2021 budget, after more than 3 months of sharp disagreements over the terms of the budget, in which the total deficit is expected to reach nearly 20 billion dollars, with a total total of 88 billion dollars.

The price of a barrel of oil was calculated in the budget at $ 45, amid expectations of an increase in the last minute to $ 46 due to the current recovery in the global oil market.

Various Iraqi political forces express their concerns about what they describe as “political procrastination” by some parties to obstruct the passage of the budget again, by linking it to laws within the phenomenon of bartering in Parliament between the various political blocs and forces.

Over the past months, discussions over the budget resulted in a sharp reduction in the expenditures guaranteed by the government within it, leading to major changes in some items.

Various powers express their fears of “political procrastination” by some parties to obstruct the passage of the budget, by linking it to laws within the current barter phenomenon in Parliament

 Operating expenses were reduced and a number of special items were deleted, such as conferences, hospitality, expenditures of the three presidencies (Parliament, the Republic and the government), expenditures of independent and governmental bodies and institutions, as well as grants and grants, and the suspension of allocations to several ministries and government departments that were deemed “excessive or unnecessary.”

Also, some internal resources were included within the general budget, such as collecting water, electricity, communications, and tax wages, investing public property by sale or renting to the private sector, and offering state treasury bonds in an amount of one and a half billion dollars, which led to the reduction of the supposed deficit from 50 One billion dollars to nearly 18 billion dollars. 

It is expected that the size of the budget for the year 2021 will be at the threshold of 127 trillion dinars, instead of 164 trillion dinars (decreased from 113 billion dollars to about 88 billion dollars), and the price of one dollar will reach 1450 dinars.

According to recent understandings between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the central government in Baghdad, it has been agreed that the region’s share would be 12.67 percent of the total budget, and the region would deliver 250,000 barrels of oil per day from its fields to the Federal Ministry of Oil in Baghdad, and it is also committed to handing half of the proceeds of the border crossings to the region with Turkey and Iran.

During a session held yesterday evening, Monday, Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi directed to include the budget law on voting during next Monday’s session.

And political forces have previously linked the draft budget and the passage of the Federal Court law.

Iraqi Alliance MP Jassem Al-Bakhati told Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed that “if the Federal Court law is passed in the Saturday session, the budget law will be passed,” stressing that “Saturday’s session will be decisive in this direction.”

During a session held yesterday evening, Monday, Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi directed that the budget law be included in the vote during next Monday’s session

The forces that linked the vote on the current year’s budget and the Federal Court’s law want to pass the paragraphs that they put in the last law, which included the presence of Islamic Sharia jurists, which was considered a “new step for the Islamization of the state and a departure from the civil approach stipulated in the constitution, and the politicization of the judiciary.”

The Kurdish forces did not hide their fears from this trend, especially since the forces that adopted it want to fulfill their conditions in the Federal Court Law, which means that the Budget Law has become dependent on the conditions of those forces by passing the court law.

The representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Alla Talabani, told Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed: “We in the Patriotic Union refuse to link the budget law related to people’s sustenance to any controversial laws that the forces may not reach an agreement on.” The article related to the region’s share, and that the regional government agreed to it, but some forces in Baghdad objected to the text, but it did not send an alternative text for it.

Talabani confirmed that “there is procrastination and evasion by some forces, as until now we have not obtained an alternative text,” indicating that “we asked Kurdish blocs to send an alternative text in order to study it and go towards the option of passing the budget.”

Member of the Finance Committee, representative of the Kurdish forces Jamal Cougar, confirmed that the budget has become a political paper to achieve some agendas, adding, in an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, that “bodies have linked the budget law, the Federal Court and other laws, which caused the postponement of all discussions regarding The budget during the previous period. ”

Cougar stated that “the budget has become a political paper, especially since there is no need to link it with any other law, and this has not happened in any previous parliamentary session.”

He stressed that “the dispute over the budget is not a dispute between the governments of Baghdad and Erbil, because from the beginning of the discussions the paper was exploited under the pretext of differences between the region and the center,” considering that “there is a conflict of wills, and this is what affected the budget and prevented it from being passed during the previous period.”

The deputy added, “We view the budget on the basis that it is the citizen’s sustenance, and linking it to any other file is targeting the citizen’s food and is a big mistake, and the first and last victim is the citizen.”



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Despite the House of Representatives setting the date for voting on the 2021 budget bill, “political pressure” is still the most prominent player in passing the law or not, especially after the Federal Court law turned into a “pressure paper” by some political parties, but on the other hand. The State of Law Coalition finds it difficult to pass “suspicious deals” and that the budget will pass by the majority of “number” and not “consensuses”.

The disagreements over the draft budget and the Kurdistan region’s share in it in return for not paying what it owed to the federal government are not a result of the moment, and go back to years ago, but they were evident at the end of last year during the parliament’s vote on the law on financing the fiscal deficit, which was passed without the Kurds voting on it, and about the possibility of returning This experience in the current draft budget, the deputy of the Kurdistan Islamic Union Jamal Cougar says that “it is difficult to pass the budget in next Monday’s session without political consensus with the Kurdish blocs.”

He adds to the “National News Center” that “there are political parties that have linked the vote on the budget law and the law of the Federal Court,” asserting that “those parties hinted that the Federal Court law would not be passed in the event that the budget was passed in Monday’s session.

On the latest agreements between Baghdad and Erbil, Cougar explains that “we do not have a problem with the government text in the budget law, but the Shiite blocs rejected that text,” adding, “It recently reached a new legal text requiring the receipt of oil imports for 460 thousand barrels.”

For many years, the governments of Baghdad and Erbil have not reached any agreement regarding oil and non-oil revenues, and the central government often demands the regional government to hand over the revenues to the state treasury, but without this being achieved.

Many of the region’s delegations arrived in the capital, Baghdad, with the aim of discussing the agreements between the two parties, and the meetings usually take days, the last of which was the delegation that arrived in Baghdad in late January, and stayed in Baghdad for more than 20 days, with the aim of reaching solutions that satisfy all parties regarding the budget. .

In addition, the MP from the State of Law coalition indicated that Alia Nassif said in an interview with the “National News Center” that “the heads of political blocs are embarrassed for not agreeing with the region regarding passing the budget.”

She added that “it is difficult to pass any suspicious political agreements,” asserting that “we have collected 150 signatures within Parliament to include the Budget Law in the next Monday’s session.”

She pointed out that “passing the budget in Monday’s session will be by a numerical majority and not by political consensus, in case it passes,” explaining that “the representatives who signed the request did not find equitable distribution of financial and economic resources among the governorates of Iraq in a way that guarantees everyone’s rights.”

Yesterday, the Speaker of the House of Representatives directed that the budget bill be included in next Monday’s session, based on a request submitted by Representative Youssef Al-Kalabi signed by 150 deputies.

The leader of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, said on the current March 6, regarding the 2021 budget bill, that the issue is a rights issue, and the government does not have the right to seize a right for the region or the provinces.

And the budget – to my knowledge – still contains many forms related to the region regarding the amount of oil that must be delivered, and the amount of money that should be given in addition to the previous debts and the debts owed, and I do not think that it will pass, and MPs have informed me of their refusal to pass the budget unless the number of barrels are proven. The region must hand it over.

Confusion was raised about the budget and the Kurdistan region’s share in it, against the background of the arrival of the draft budget law to the House of Representatives from the Council of Ministers,

And it was represented that the budget of the region exceeds the budgets of the governorates of the south combined, according to statements by some representatives, as well as the lack of commitment of the region to pay Baghdad’s oil dues and revenues from the border crossings, which constituted an objection in front of consensus to pass them.

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After the parliament intends to vote on it … the regional government confirms its position on the federal budget

Kurdistan Region

Provincial government

2021-03-09 06:59

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Shafaq News / Today, Tuesday, the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani supervised a special meeting on the ongoing preparations for drafting the Kurdistan Regional Budget Law for the year 2021.

In the meeting, which was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, they discussed the current financial situation in the region and the ongoing preparations for drafting the Kurdistan Region Budget Law for the year 2021, as well as discussing the data, expenditures and estimated revenues of the ministries.

A statement issued by the regional government received by Shafaq News stated that the meeting stressed the importance of preparing a budget bill that takes into consideration all possibilities and guarantees a realistic and transparent budget that depends on oil and non-oil revenues in addition to the financial deficit and actual expenditures, with the aim of enhancing financial transparency. General Kurdistan Region.

The meeting also discussed the latest developments in the draft federal budget law for the year 2021, which it is hoped that the parliament will vote on it next week, according to the statement.

The President of the Regional Government affirmed the firm position of the Kurdistan Region in order to reach a radical solution to the outstanding problems between the two sides, including the file of the region’s financial dues based on the constitution.

The Prime Minister expressed his hope that the Iraqi parties would welcome the initiative of the Federal Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, with the aim of reaching a final and comprehensive solution to the problems between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government.

On Monday, the President of the Iraqi Parliament (Parliament), Muhammad al-Halbousi, directed the inclusion of 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.


Member of Parliament on the exchange rate of the dollar: It will continue until this date

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Baghdad Today – Baghdad

A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Jamal Cougar, confirmed today, Tuesday, that the current dollar exchange rate adopted by the government in the 2021 budget bill was an emergency option and will continue until another budget bill comes.

“The International Monetary Fund proposed to the Central Bank to raise the price of the dollar to 1600, while the World Bank suggested raising it by 1450, and the government went with this option,” Cougar said .

He added, “It is not possible for the country to remain in constant confusion, through calls for a reduction or restoration of the exchange rate to its previous state. Therefore, the price of the dollar will remain constant until another budget comes.”

 He stressed that “everyone should understand that this option was resorted to by the government, forced because the fiscal deficit in the budget bill before raising the exchange rate was 100 trillion dinars.”

Finance Minister Ali Allawi said in an interview with the Iraqi News Agency, “The exchange rate of the dollar is a government decision that cannot be changed daily as desired,” indicating that “the markets have accepted the current exchange rate, and during the coming years it will give incentives to the private sector and strengthen reserves.”

The minister promised to “find stability by paying the salaries of employees on time,” while noting that “the external debts amount to 60 billion dollars and the internal 70 trillion dinars.”


The Minister of Finance sacks the Director General of Al-Rafidain Bank .. The reason?

Local | 01:52 – 09/03/2021

Exclusive – Mawazine News

An official source in the Ministry of Finance stated, on Tuesday, that Finance Minister Ali Abdul Amir Allawi issued a decision to dismiss the General Manager of Al-Rafidain Bank, after contracting with an electronic payment company, without the minister’s approval.

In an interview with Mawazine News, the source said, “The Minister of Finance decided to dismiss the General Manager of Al-Rafidain Bank, Hussein Ali, from his position, and appointed the Director of the Industrial Bank, Bilal Sabah, to replace him.”

He pointed out that “the decision came against the background of the dismissed bank’s director signing a contract with the (Ishtar Gate) company to replace the (Key Card) electronic payment company even though the aforementioned company does not meet the conditions and special laws.” Ended 29 / p4


The government suspends the official working hours for tomorrow

Political | 02:31 – 09/03/2021

Baghdad – Mawazine News

The Cabinet decided, on Tuesday, to suspend the official working hours tomorrow in the capital, Baghdad.

“The Council of Ministers decided to suspend official working hours tomorrow in the capital, Baghdad, on the occasion of the commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Musa bin Jaafar Al-Kadhim, peace be upon him,” the media office of the council president said in a statement.

The statement clarified by saying, “The holiday excluded the service and security departments.” Ended 29 / A43


Kurdistan Regional Government declares two days an official holiday

Kurdistan Region


Provincial government


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2021-03-09 05:21

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Shafaq News / The Media and Information Department of the Kurdistan Regional Government announced the suspension of official working hours in government departments and institutions on the day after tomorrow, Thursday, and on Sunday, next week.

In a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, the department said that on Thursday, 3-11-2021, work will be suspended on the occasion of the anniversary of the March 11, 1970 agreement.

Likewise, work will be suspended next Sunday, on the occasion of the birth of the immortal Barzani, according to the statement.


Iraq is hosting a “high” international conference on water .. these are its goals

Tuesday 9 March 2021 | 12:48 PM

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Today, Tuesday, the Ministry of Water Resources announced that the capital, Baghdad, will host the first international water conference, indicating that the conference aims to overcome future challenges facing the sustainability of water provision.

“The Ministry of Water Resources will host the first Baghdad International Water Conference under the auspices of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, with the participation of governmental and international agencies and United Nations organizations concerned with water in addition to civil society organizations and the Arab League, with the invitation of neighboring countries such as Turkey, Iran and Syria,” ministry spokesman Ali Radi said in a statement. And other countries, under the slogan of rational planning and management of water resources to achieve their sustainability .

Radi explained, “This conference aims to overcome future challenges facing the sustainability of water provision, in line with national requirements and the international mobilization of Iraq’s position for shared water with neighboring countries and to benefit from scientific expertise to develop our water resources and develop the infrastructure, which has suffered from deterioration due to ISIS in the past period, as well as to increase awareness and the global national and regional level for water conservation .

He added that “the themes of the conference include strategic planning, integrated management of water resources, water and food security, at the internal and external levels, challenges of climate impact, regional and international cooperation to reduce water shortages and the impact of terrorist acts on the water system, ways to avoid its risks and reduce the impact of natural disasters.”