Al-Kazemi receives an American delegation to discuss the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq

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2021/05/04 15:05

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Baghdad / Al-Masala: The Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, received, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, an American government delegation, headed by the White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McGurk.

The Media Office of the Prime Minister stated that Al-Kazemi received the US government delegation headed by the White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McGurk, and included US State Department advisor Derek Chollet, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Joy Hed, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Affairs. Mrs. Dana Stroll.

The statement added that the meeting discussed coordination and joint cooperation in various fields, and emphasized the activation of the outcomes of the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States of America, especially with regard to the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq and the development and expansion of cooperation in the economic, cultural and commercial fields.

The statement pointed out that during the meeting, the issue of cooperation in the health field and combating the Corona pandemic was discussed, as well as assistance in providing support for the rehabilitation of some health institutions in Iraq.


The House of Representatives postpones its sessions until after Eid Al-Fitr

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The independent representative of the victory coalition, Nada Shaker Jawdat, confirmed, on Tuesday, that Parliament will not hold any session before the beginning of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, indicating that the Parliament’s sessions will start after the Eid holiday one week at the most .”Members of Parliament were not able to attend parliamentary sessions during the days close to the Eid al-Fitr holiday,” Jawdat said. “The deputies of the region and the provinces left Baghdad and did not return until after the Eid holiday .”She added that “the demands of some parliamentarians about calling the parliament to convene for necessary reasons will not be accepted, and that the next session will be held after the Eid holiday, at the most, one week.”

An invitation to investment companies in the Vatican to revive the cultural and historical heritage in Iraq

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BAGHDAD – Mawazine News 
, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, on Tuesday, invited investment companies in the Vatican State to work in Iraq to revive the cultural and historical heritage. 
In a statement received by Mawazine News, the State Department stated that “Hussein met with the Vatican City’s Foreign Minister Paul Richard Gallagher in the Vatican State Building.” 
Hussein expressed, “Iraq aspires to activate the frameworks of cooperation with the Vatican in various fields, in light of the distinguished relations between the two sides,” affirming that “Iraq is keen to develop relations between Iraq and the Vatican City to achieve the goals it carried in the service of humanity and its rights, and to spread the culture and values ​​of peace.” . 
The Foreign Minister said, “Iraq is a meeting place for religions that all agree to respect human beings and their dignity, and to spread the culture and values ​​of peace,” stressing the
And he demanded, “the reconstruction of churches in the city of Mosul, and the building of a hospital for women survivors of ISIS terrorism.” 
On the historic visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, the minister said, “The visit of His Holiness the Pope to Iraq and the city of Ur birth of the father of the prophets Abraham – peace be upon him – represented great support for Iraq, and special support for Christians in it, and we look forward to investing it religiously, politically and culturally.” 
He called on the investment companies in the Vatican State to “work in Iraq to revive the cultural and historical heritage.” Ended 6/29 N

The Central Bank of Iraq continues to decline in sales of dollars

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Shafaq News / The Iraqi Central Bank’s hard currency sales decreased, on Tuesday, to $ 175 million.

The correspondent of Shafaq News Agency stated that the Central Bank of Iraq witnessed during its auction for the sale and purchase of foreign currencies today a decrease in its sales to reach 175 million 214 thousand and 174 dollars, which the bank covered at a base exchange rate of 1460 dinars per dollar, compared to Monday, when it reached Sales of 178 million and 947 thousand and 783 dollars.

The purchases amounting to 135 million and 614 thousand and 174 dollars went to strengthen the funds abroad in the form of transfers and appropriations, while the remaining amount of 39 million and 600 thousand dollars went in cash.

Our correspondent indicated that 31 banks have fulfilled requests to enhance assets abroad, 19 banks to meet cash requests, and 22 participating exchange companies.

A senior Western diplomat was killed in mysterious circumstances in Tehran

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Shafaq News / The Iranian TV reported that the first secretary of the Swiss embassy in Tehran was killed, after she fell from a tower in the north of the capital, Tehran.

An Iranian emergency spokesman, Mojtaba Khaldi, said: “A 51-year-old employee was killed in the Swiss embassy after she fell from a tower in the Kamraniya neighborhood in northern Tehran.”

He continued, “It is not clear until now the reason for her fall, whether the employee committed suicide or if it was caused by an accident.”

The Swiss Embassy is also the custodian of US interests in Tehran.


2 Hours ago 

SULAIMANI — Member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) politburo Hoshyar Zebari said that an “important” delegation of US officials will visit Iraq on Tuesday (May 4), which will be the first formal visit to the country by officials representing the Biden administration.

Zebari said in a tweet that the delegation consists of representatives focused on foreign affairs, national security, and politics.

The US and Iraq are currently engaged in a strategic dialogue.

Zebari concluded the tweet with, “Honesty is vital.”

(NRT Digital Media)