The US Secretary of State tweets a day before the start of the strategic dialogue with Iraq

204 Policy 04/06/2021 17:46

Baghdad Today – Baghdad

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said today, Tuesday (April 6, 2021), that he looks forward to speaking with his Iraqi counterparts, Fuad Hussein, in the strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq.

“I look forward to talking with my Iraqi counterpart, Fuad Hussein, about the strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq,” Anthony Blinken wrote in a tweet the day before the return of the strategic dialogue between Baghdad and Washington.

“We will review progress made in each area of our broad and strategic partnership,” he added.

Fawzi Hariri, head of the Kurdistan Region delegation in the Iraqi team negotiating with the strategic dialogue with the United States of America, which is scheduled to hold a new round tomorrow, Wednesday, said that the Iraqi delegation, including the representatives of the region, did not demand in previous rounds during the era of former US President Donald Trump to remove the forces. American from Iraq.

Hariri said in a press statement followed by (Baghdad Today), “The new round of dialogue will be held on Wednesday, within a closed television circuit, and the region will represent the same delegation participating in the previous round,” indicating that “it is expected that the dialogue will return to point zero, especially After the change of the US administration, and the advent of Democratic President Joe Biden, we will work to find out the orientations of this administration regarding Iraq. ”

Regarding the region’s delegation’s role in the negotiations, Hariri said, “The region’s delegation works to represent the region’s demands within the Iraqi team, especially since these negotiations are official between two countries, and the region being part of Iraq works within the Iraqi team, in addition to some aspects related to the region in particular.”

Regarding the extent to which the region’s demands are consistent with the demands of the Baghdad team, especially with regard to the remaining US forces in Iraq, Hariri said that “the demands of withdrawing US forces from Iraq were adopted by political parties, in exchange for other political parties that adopt the retention of these forces, but the Iraqi negotiating team with all its members It has not been adopted to remove the US forces from Iraq.

And he indicated, “The team is made up of military, security and political experts, and it works to assess the need for the survival of these forces according to scientific data, by studying the Iraqi reality, and all data indicate the need for Iraqi forces to support US forces, through informational and logistical support, in addition to Air cover. ”

He pointed out that “the regional delegation agrees with this approach, as we believe that the region still needs to support these forces in dealing with terrorist attacks, and our forces alone cannot deal with the risks that we may be exposed to.”

The strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States of America will be held on the seventh of April, and will include security, combating terrorism, economy and energy, according to what the US State Department announced.


Parliament sends the 2021 budget to the Presidency of the Republic for approval (document)

2021.04.06 – 17:27

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Baghdad – People  

On Tuesday, the Presidency of the House of Representatives sent the Federal Budget Law for the fiscal year 2021 to the Presidency of the Republic  


According to a document obtained by “people” (April 6, 2021), the General Secretariat of the House of Representatives sent the Federal Budget Law for the fiscal year 2021 to the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, for the purpose of approval.  



And the Iraqi Council of Representatives voted, on Wednesday evening, to pass the budget for the current year 2021, after it deleted five of the articles of the law, and added new items.  


More: Details of the five deleted articles from the 2021 budget law  


The House of Representatives opened, after four o’clock in the afternoon of Wednesday, its special session to vote on the draft budget bill.  

The Information Department of the House of Representatives said in a statement that “People” received a copy of it (March 31, 2021), that “Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi opened the 46th session of the fourth session of the third legislative year – the first legislative term.”    

The media department confirmed that “the number of parliament members present at the session reached 215 deputies.”    

According to the statement, “Parliament has begun to vote on the draft federal budget bill for the Republic of Iraq for the year 2021.”    

Parliament voted on “Article 1 of the Federal Budget Law of the Republic of Iraq for the year 2021.”    

The House of Representatives voted on Article Two of the bill.    

Voting was held on Articles Three and Four as well. The fifth Article was also voted on.    

The House of Representatives voted on Articles 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the General Budget Law.    

Parliament voted on Article Eleven, which includes the share of the Kurdistan region in the budget.    

The vote was also held on Articles Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth.    

He also voted for Articles 16, 17, 18 and 19.    

The House of Representatives decided to delete Article XX of the budget law, which provides for imposing an income tax and withholding salaries.    

The vote was also held on the twenty-first article regarding the cancellation of the combination of two salaries or more.    

Parliament also voted on Articles 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 of the aforementioned law.    

The council voted on Articles 27, 28, 29 and 30.    

It also voted on Articles 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37.    

The parliament voted to delete Article 38 of the budget law on opening the door to investment.    

Parliament voted on Articles 39, 40. of the Budget Law.    

The House of Representatives decided to postpone the vote on Article 41 of the Budget Law on Agricultural Lands.    

The Council also decided to delete Articles 42 and 43 of the General Budget Law.    

After that, he voted on Articles 44, 45 and 46. And decided to delete Article 47 of the law.    

Also voted on Articles: 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58.    


Parliament voted on the new articles added to the general budget law, which relate to exporting goods, aviation authority, delay fines, the price of a barrel of oil, printing books, sorting lands, financial transfers, the parliament’s budget, the budget of the Judicial Council, the budget of the Human Rights Commission, selling land to citizens, ending the positions in the proxy, and voting on a new article. Missing persons from liberated areas, as well as voting on a new article related to the retirement rights of those covered by the amendment of the Unified Pension Law    


The House of Representatives re-voted on (Article 1, Paragraph B) of the General Budget Law, in addition to Article 21.    


The House of Representatives voted to add a new article instead of Article 41 of the 2021 budget, on which voting was postponed earlier in the session.    

The vote on the new article stipulates that “the ministries of finance and agriculture and the governorates and the relevant authorities are obligated to transfer the ownership of the lands donated by people to educational and health institutions on agricultural lands for the purpose of establishing schools and health institutions. The approval of the governor shall be approved to start establishing the project with the presence of the donor’s acknowledgment.”

Al-Kazemi advisor announces the entry into force of the Chinese agreement

Political | 05:23 – 04/06/2021

BAGHDAD – Mawazine News

, Advisor to the Prime Minister for Financial Affairs, Mazhar Muhammad Saleh revealed, on Tuesday, the details of the cooperation framework agreement signed between Iraq and China, while indicating that the agreement had entered into force.

According to the official agency, Muhammad Salih said, “The framework agreement for cooperation between Iraq and the People’s Republic of China, which signed its final accounting and oil annexes on September 23, 2019 in Beijing, which extends for twenty years, is based on the principle of oil for reconstruction in the infrastructure of Iraq.”

He emphasized that “the agreement is still effective and enforceable. Funding amounts of nearly two billion dollars have been placed in the Federal Budget Law 2021, the investment side for the purpose of proceeding with the agreement,” indicating that “this is considered to have entered into force.”

He continued: “Likewise in the energy sector and as decided by the government of the Republic of Iraq in its invitation to sober Chinese companies for implementation and on competitive basis and in accordance with the approved international specifications,” noting that “the agreement is based on depositing 100,000 barrels of Iraqi exports to China in a secure bank account His money is used to spend on reconstruction and construction projects that relate to the people’s life. ”

He pointed out that “China supports providing additional credit facilities when financing is needed and ensuring its continuity and according to the joint financing rule without stopping projects and according to the details in the account and oil annexes of the cooperation framework agreement between the two countries.”

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi recommended during the cabinet session last Tuesday, to proceed with the implementation of the Chinese agreement.

In the document … parliamentary accountability for the central governor regarding violations of controlling dollar sales

Political | 02:40 – 06/04/2021

BAGHDAD – Mawazine News, a

member of Parliament, Representative Jamal Al-Muhammadawi, addressed the Central Bank of Iraq regarding controlling dollar sales and the manner of disposing of them, asking about the sales differences and their coverage from the bank’s foreign currency reserves.

A document issued by the office of Representative Jamal al-Muhammadawi, addressing the governor of the Central Bank, revealed that “a reference to the reports of the Federal Financial Supervision Bureau, the quantities sold of the US dollar in the foreign currency auction in the Central Bank of Iraq for the period from (1/1/2015) until (31) / 12/2015) up to (44303800) dollars (forty-four billion three hundred three million eight hundred thousand dollars) according to the statements of the Financial Operations and Debt Management Department, the Foreign Currency Sale and Purchase Window Section, the Statistics and Research Department, the Macroeconomic Department and a group of violations.

The document added that “among these violations is the failure of some banks and financial transfer companies to provide the central bank with full information about their purchases of dollars, which indicates the absence of coordination between the relevant authorities in the central bank regarding controlling dollar sales and the way to dispose of it.”

And she continued, “The purchases of the dollar from the Ministry of Finance during the same period mentioned above reached (32450) billion dollars (thirty-two billion four hundred and fifty million dollars), that is, a difference of (11853) billion dollars (eleven billion eight hundred and fifty-three million dollars) for the quantities sold of the dollar. This led to the use of the bank’s foreign currency reserves to cover dollar sales. ”

Al-Muhammadawi stressed, “It is necessary to clarify the causes of these violations and to reveal the necessary measures taken by the Central Bank.” Ended 29 / A43

The Iraqi Trade Bank signs an agreement to finance the import of Saudi goods and services


Economy News _ Baghdad

The Iraqi Trade Bank announced, on Tuesday, the signing of the financing line agreement for the import of Saudi goods and services with the Saudi Fund for Development in Riyadh.

The bank said in a statement received by “Al-Eqtisad News” that the agreement was signed during the official visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and his accompanying delegation recently to the Kingdom.

He added that the signing of this agreement came within a set of agreements and memoranda of understanding between the Iraqi and Saudi sides in various fields, including a joint agreement for cooperation in the field of development planning for economic diversification and private sector development, as well as an agreement to prevent double taxation between the Iraqi and Saudi sides, and a commercial agreement in financing Saudi exports.

He explained that a working mechanism, conditions and controls will be published to benefit from the benefits of signing the financing line agreement to import Saudi goods and services that the bank signed to support Iraqi and Saudi companies soon.

This is what the central bank governor discussed with Plasschaert

Political | 02:00 – 04/06/2021

BAGHDAD – Mawazine News, the

Governor of the Central Bank, Mustafa Ghaleb, discussed, on Tuesday, with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Hennis Blasshardt, the financial and economic conditions that Iraq is going through.

A bank statement, of which Mawazine News received a copy, stated that “the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Mustafa Ghaleb, received today, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Hennes Plasschaert.”

The statement added, “The governor discussed during the meeting the financial and economic conditions that Iraq is going through and the measures that the management of this bank leads within the reform plan for the Iraqi banking sector.”

For her part, the United Nations representative, Plasschaert, affirmed “supporting the independence of the Central Bank of Iraq, like other international central banks, and its importance during the current and future period.” Ended 29 / A 43

The commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Ismail Qaani, arrives in Baghdad for a meeting with two sides



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Shafaq News / An informed political source said, on Tuesday, that the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Ismail Qaani, had arrived on an unannounced visit.

The source told Shafaq News Agency that Qaani’s visit came to meet with a number of armed factions’ leaders and political figures, without knowing the rest of the details.


Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani (File)

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SULAIMANI — A foreign policy advisor to Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani said on Monday (April 5) that Barzani will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in the coming days.

Falah Mustafa said that the purpose for the visit would be to discuss areas of disagreement between Erbil and Baghdad.

Speaking in Paris on Wednesday, Barzani announced his intention to meet with federal officials in Baghdad for talks.

The Council of Representatives recently passed the 2021 Federal Budget Law, which raised hopes that included a deal over the Kurdistan Region’s share. The development raised hopes that Erbil and Baghdad would make progress in resolving other areas of disagreement as well, including the disputed areas, oil, and other financial issues.

It remains to be seen if the budget deal will be implemented, with memories of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) immediate abrogation of the 2019 law by refusing to send oil to Baghdad for export still fresh in the minds of many.

(NRT Digital Media)