Barzani returns to Erbil after visiting a series of meetings in Baghdad



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Shafaq News / The President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, returned on Monday evening to Erbil, returning from a three-day visit to Baghdad, during which he held meetings and meetings with the three presidencies, senior leaders and officials in the country.

A statement by the presidency of the region received by Shafaq News stated that, “After a three-day visit to Baghdad and holding meetings and meetings with the presidents of the republic, the Iraqi government, parliament, leaders and senior officials of the Iraqi political forces and parties, the President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, returned Monday evening and the accompanying delegation to Erbil.” .

The statement said that Barzani discussed during the meetings with the leaders and officials of the country the Iraqi political, security, economic and health situations, the problems of Erbil – Baghdad, the dangers of terrorism and the importance of creating a vision and a common understanding for the future of Iraq, adding that he presented for discussion the status and international relations of Iraq.


Barzani stresses the need to reach a common vision for the future of Iraq





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Shafaq News / The President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani stressed, on Monday, the need for Iraqi political forces to reach a common vision for the country’s future.

This came during a series of separate meetings that Barzani showed with the head of the civil assembly for reform, Salim al-Jubouri, former Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, President of the Iraqi Supreme Council Hammam Hammoudi, Secretary-General of the National Accord Party, Iyad Allawi, and the head of the Azm Alliance, Khamis al-Khanjar, on the third day of his visit to Baghdad.

A statement by the region’s presidency received by Shafaq News indicated that the meetings discussed the latest political and security developments in the country, the upcoming elections, Kurdistan Region’s relations with the Iraqi federal government, and dialogues to solve the problems of Erbil and Baghdad, the dangers of ISIS, and Iraq’s relations with the countries of the region and the world. 

Barzani reaffirmed during the meetings on his own vision to solve Iraq’s problems that it is necessary for the Iraqi forces, political parties and components to reach a vision and a common understanding for the future of Iraq that guarantees stability, coexistence and acceptance by some for others, pointing out that for this goal everyone should benefit from past mistakes and experiences, back Baghdad is a strategic depth for Kurdistan to solve its problems.

The statement indicated that Barzani stressed that after 18 years of the collapse of the previous regime and the building of the new Iraq, the transitional phase must end and start with a new phase in the country in which reconstruction and services are provided to all Iraqis in all regions by taking advantage of its rich human and natural resources, and that Iraq regains its place and position. At the regional and international levels. 

The statement pointed out that the Iraqi leaders were in agreement with the opinion of the regional president that they work with a common vision for a better future for Iraq and with the presence of political will and common understanding, obstacles to the political process can be removed, adding that they cited examples of this, such as passing the Iraqi general budget law, amending the federal court law, and dissolving the parliament.

The Iraqi forces and parties described Barzani’s visit to Baghdad as an opportunity to renew the network of relations between political forces and joint action in order to cross the country to a better stage that includes stability, reconstruction, progress, partnership and the participation of all in the political process and managing the country on the basis of citizenship and common interests, hoping that the visit will have fruitful results and continue Such visits and meetings are aimed at creating common positions and preparing the ground for a common understanding.

The President of the Republic announces the signing of the decree on holding early elections on October 10

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The most prominent of what was stated in the speech of the President of the Republic, Barham, during his issuance of the republican decree on holding the elections on October 10.

المقبلة The upcoming elections are important, articulated and foundational, and they come after an uprising popular movement demanding reform and correcting paths, and securing the right of Iraqis to choose their representatives away from pressures, blackmail and stealing their votes is a top priority, to get out of the deposits and accumulations of the previous stages.

We call on everyone to prepare for the elections, to participate seriously in them, and to express free will, as elections are an opportunity to realize the noble aspirations of the people. 

Let our electoral voices be decisive and resolute in affirming the transition in Iraq to a stage in which it is more advanced, fair, stable and independent.

المعنية The concerned state institutions are called to accelerate the fulfillment of the requirements for conducting fair elections, in a way that removes the concerns and doubts that were a major cause of the reluctance of not a few citizens from the previous elections.

It is imperative to create the political climate required to alleviate suffering and achieve justice in choosing strong legislative and executive powers capable of preserving sovereignty, preserving the state and its prestige, and establishing justice among citizens. 

The need for effective and serious work and coordination between the United Nations and the Election Commission to ensure UN oversight and ensure the integrity of the electoral process in a way that contributes to its success, and in a way that guarantees sovereignty and respect for the independent decision of the Iraqis.

The elections will take place in conditions that we appreciate and definitely appreciate its difficulties, from the Corona pandemic and the security challenge in confronting terrorism and outlaws, but we rely on the importance of our security services and our people’s awareness of bearing responsibility in maintaining the security of elections and voters.

A significant increase in dollar auction sales to the Central Bank of Iraq



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Shafaq News / The sales of the Central Bank of Iraq increased in the hard currency auction, on Monday, to more than $ 174 million.

The correspondent of Shafaq News Agency stated that the Central Bank auction for the sale and purchase of foreign currencies today witnessed a significant increase in its sales, reaching 174 million and 268 thousand dollars, which the bank covered at a basic exchange rate of 1460 dinars per dollar, compared to yesterday, Sunday, when sales reached 156 million And 683 thousand dollars.

The purchases amounting to 193 million and 478 thousand dollars went to strengthen the funds abroad in the form of transfers and appropriations, so the remaining 19 million and 210 thousand dollars did not go in cash.

Our correspondent indicated that 13 banks have fulfilled the requests to enhance the assets abroad and two have made the cash purchase.

Al-Sistani’s office expects the first day of Ramadan

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Baghdad today – Najaf

The Office of the Supreme Religious Authority Ali al-Sistani expected, today, Monday (April 12, 2021), that the crescent of the month of Ramadan will be visible on Tuesday evening.

The office of the Sistani reference said, in a statement received (Baghdad Today), that “it is expected that the crescent of the month of Ramadan will be visible on Tuesday evening (30 Shaban 1442 AH) corresponding to (April 13, 2021 AD) at the horizon of the holy city of Najaf at sunset at (6: 6): 30), and in this case it is expected that the crescent will be seen clearly and loudly, and therefore Wednesday (April 14, 2021 AD) will be the first day of the month of Ramadan.

This came in the table “Crescent timings for the blessed month of Ramadan for the year (1442 AH) corresponding to the year (2021 CE), published on the website of the Office of the Supreme Religious Authority, His Eminence Ali Al-Hussaini Al-Sistani, in Najaf, and that the crescent will be 14 degrees and 16 degrees above the horizon. A minute, and the duration of its stay after sunset (1 hour) and (12 minutes), and the percentage of the illuminated portion of it (1,

As it was stated in the expectations that “the crescent moon on the night before (the night of Shaban 29) is not expected to be able to see it with the naked eye.”

America discloses its latest assessments of the dialogue between Baghdad and Kurdistan

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Masrour Barzani


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2021-04-12 06:42

Shafaq News / The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, today, Wednesday, received the US Ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueller, at his office in Erbil.

In the meeting, the American ambassador indicated that the United States supports rapprochement and dialogue between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government, and said: “We feel that there is progress in the negotiation process.”

For his part, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government made it clear that negotiations are continuing, at various levels, and said: “We have presented many options for resolving differences, with the constitution being the decisive factor in them.”

Barzani thanks the US ambassador for his efforts in approving the budget law



Baghdad / Al-Mawred News

Today, Monday, the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, thanked the US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Toller, for his “efforts” in approving the 2021 budget law. 

The media office of the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government said, in a statement, that “Barzani received the US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Toller . ”

He added, “The meeting, which was attended by the US Consul General in Erbil, Rob Waller, during which they discussed the latest developments in the situation in Iraq and the relations between the Kurdistan region and the United States . ”

According to the statement, “The US ambassador to Iraq shed light on the strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq,” noting that “his country will continue to support the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga to confront ISIS threats within the framework of the international coalition forces . ”

According to the statement, “the US ambassador praised the reforms being undertaken by the Kurdistan Regional Government, especially the reform steps taken by the Ministry of Peshmerga . ”

Barzani thanked “the American ambassador for his efforts in approving the federal budget law,” stressing “the commitment of the Kurdistan Regional Government to implement the budget law.”

He called on “the federal government to carry out its duties towards the Kurdistan Region within the framework of the General Budget Law.”