The Iraqi president and the Saudi monarch discuss the “successful” visit of Al-Kazemi and support the establishment of security in the region


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Iraqi President Barham Salih

2021-04-16 15:34

Shafaq News / Today, Friday, the President of the Republic, Barham Salih discussed with the Saudi monarch the “successful” visit of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to the Kingdom, and its importance.

The Presidency of the Republic said in a statement received by Shafaq News, that “Saleh made a phone call with King Salman bin Abdulaziz, King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, during which they exchanged congratulations on the onset of the blessed month of Ramadan.”

During the phone call, “bilateral relations between the two countries were discussed and strengthened in various fields to serve the interests of the two peoples, and to support the establishment of security and peace in the region, and mutual support in facing various challenges.”

It was also mentioned, “the successful visit of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to the Kingdom, and its importance in strengthening the bonds of joint relations between the two brotherly countries,” according to the statement.


The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) links the bombing of Erbil with an attempt to undermine the results of the region’s president’s visit to Baghdad




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Shafaq News / The Kurdistan Democratic Party bloc in the Iraqi parliament described today, Friday, targeting the city of Erbil with missiles or drones launched by some parties as “bankrupt electoral propaganda and miserable attempts” to undermine the understandings and rapprochement between Baghdad and the Kurdistan government.

The deputy head of the Democratic Party bloc in the Iraqi parliament, Bashar al-Kiki, told Shafaq News that the purpose of repeatedly targeting Erbil is not the American presence in Erbil or other areas of Iraq, because the American forces are present with the approval of the federal government, and there are ongoing negotiations within the strategic framework agreement between the two countries . 

He considered the recent targeting of Erbil airport as “a very dangerous development, as if we were in a state of war,” noting that “the goals, timing and quality chosen by the dark groups are very clear, and they are the same parties that burned the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Baghdad.”

Al-Kiki noted that the authorities who masterminded and executed the Erbil attack are seeking to use the language of death and blood in early electoral advertisements, after losing the confidence of the aggrieved Iraqi street and its rejected bloody displays.

He continued by saying that this targeting was a response to the successful visit of the President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, to Baghdad. The closer Erbil is to Baghdad, the more likely it is to be targeted. 

Earlier this week, the region’s president made a three-day visit to the capital, Baghdad, and held meetings and meetings with the presidents of the republic, the Iraqi government, the House of Representatives, leaders and senior officials of the Iraqi political forces and parties.

A statement issued by the region’s Ra`ah stated that President Barzani discussed during the meetings in Baghdad with the leaders and officials of the country about the Iraqi political, security, economic and health situations, the problems of Erbil – Baghdad, the dangers of terrorism and the importance of creating a common vision and understanding for the future of Iraq, adding that he put forward for discussion the status and Iraqi international relations.

Al-Kiki went on to say, “We are looking for solutions and a quick solution to stop this targeting because it will destabilize security in the region, not just Erbil.” The situation and taking those areas as a starting point for striking Kurdistan. 

The Vice-President of the Democratic Bloc also renewed the demands of activating the coordination offices between the army and the Peshmerga (Regional Guard) in the disputed areas to address the ongoing targeting of Irbil, which now affects civilians and threatens their security, in addition to expanding the air defense system to protect Erbil airport and the international coalition forces there.

According to al-Kiki, the parties who masterminded and carried out the attacks against Erbil are the same ones that are trying to disrupt the Sinjar Agreement, and pressure on the Kurdistan region and the leadership of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in order to dissuade them from their policy based on balance and preserve the gains of the people of Kurdistan and strengthen the relationship with Baghdad in accordance with the constitution.

The deputy head of the Democratic Party bloc in the Iraqi parliament concluded a statement by saying: The dark people have targeted Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, as it is the developed face of federal Iraq and a haven for all nationalities and sects without any ethnic or sectarian discrimination.

On Wednesday evening, Erbil airport was attacked by a drone carrying explosives targeting an international coalition center, which caused damage to one of the buildings.

Another violent attack targeted the airport in mid-February with 14 missiles that landed inside and around it, killing a foreign contractor (working for the international coalition) and an Iraqi citizen, and wounding 5 American soldiers and two civilians, according to the Kurdistan Region authorities.

On the third of last March, the provincial authorities announced the arrest of two suspects and the search for two others, which they said were behind the missile attack, one of whom was from the “Kataeb Sayyid al-Shuhada” faction.

 The Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Kurdistan Region considered in a joint statement on Thursday the 16th of April that the recent attack on Erbil airport aimed at striking the recent consensus in relations between Baghdad and the region.

The Ministry of Finance issues an explanation regarding the tax deduction from employees’ salaries




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Shafaq News / On Friday, the Iraqi Ministry of Finance issued a statement explaining the tax withholding decision from the salaries of employees after circulating official documents bearing the signature of Minister Ali Abdul Amir Allawi in this regard.

The ministry said in a statement today, that the book bearing the signature of Minister Allawi regarding tax withholding came in implementation of the provisions of Article 34, paragraph (c) of the Budget Law.

According to the statement, the proposed tax withholding does not include the lower classes, and the Council of Ministers has the power to cancel it.

Parliament’s support for enacting laws to hold ISIS accountable … This is what Al-Halbousi discussed with Plasschaert

Political | 01:11 – 04/16/2021

Baghdad – Mawazine News,

Speaker of Parliament, Muhammad Al-Halbousi, discussed, on Friday, with the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jeanine Plasschaert, to support the Iraqi parliament to enact the laws necessary to hold ISIS to account for mass crimes and crimes against humanity.

His media office stated, in a statement that Mawazine News received a copy of, that “Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi received today the representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Iraq, Jenin Blashardt, in the presence of the Special Adviser and the head of the United Nations investigation team regarding crimes committed by ISIS. Terrorist (UNITAD) Karim Khan. ”

The statement added, “The meeting discussed developments in the work of the investigation team into crimes against ISIS, and supported the Iraqi parliament to enact the necessary laws to hold ISIS accountable for mass crimes and crimes against humanity.”

For his part, Khan praised the “House of Representatives’ efforts to redress victims and achieve justice through legislation, the latest of which is the Women’s Survivors ’Law.” Ended 29 / A43

Parliamentary Finance: We reject the tax deduction for employees .. and threaten to question Allawi

Time: 04/16/2021 13:54:05 Read: 2,171 times

{Politics: Al Furat News} The Parliamentary Finance Committee announced its rejection of Finance Minister Ali Allawi’s proposal to impose a tax withholding on employees’ salaries.

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“We reject what was stated in the Finance Ministry’s book No. 880 in 4/13/2021 regarding tax deduction and the minister’s recommendation to return to work with Financial Instructions No. 1 of 2007,” said Majida Al-Tamimi, a member of the committee.

She added, “We refuse to implement these instructions, as it is not permissible for the employee to suffer a double reduction during a period not exceeding four months from the devaluation of the dinar against the dollar, in addition to the tax deduction.”

Al-Tamimi indicated, “This decision is nothing but a reflection of the confusion in the state administration and the lack of coordination between the financial and monetary policies, at a time when the value of the dinar decreased according to the Central Bank’s decision on 20/12/2020, which we emphasized that it should be slight and gradual with steps taken.” The preliminary in this regard is improving the salaries of social protection, people with disabilities and vulnerable classes, as well as improving the items of the ration in quantity and quality, while covering all months of the year while controlling prices.

She stressed, “This decision would negatively affect the purchasing power and the overall lives of citizens, whether from employees or earners and workers in the private sector, as the double reduction will affect the overall economic activities and lead to a contraction of them.”

Al-Tamimi called on “the Minister of Finance to withdraw this decision, otherwise we will have to host him and then question him soon.”

The Minister of Finance, Ali Allawi, had sent an official letter to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers demanding that taxes be deducted from the total monthly income as of April, with a retroactive effect, to include the deduction of salaries for January, February and March.

Ammar Al-Masoudi