The United States: A nuclear agreement is possible within weeks if Iran makes a political decision

170 Arab and international 05/06/2021 22:41 mum
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A senior US State Department official said on Thursday that an understanding could be reached within weeks on how Washington and Tehran would resume their compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
The US official added, “But this matter depends on Iran making a political decision to do so.”
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“Is it possible to see a joint return to compliance with the nuclear agreement in the coming weeks or an understanding on mutual compliance? Answer: Yes! It is possible,” he told reporters in a telephone briefing.
He continued, saying, “Is this likely? The answer: only time will tell us that, because the matter, as I said, is ultimately about a political decision that must be taken in Iran.”
He stated that Washington believes that it is in the US national security interest to resume compliance with the Iran nuclear deal if Iran does so

The Taliban seize the second largest dam in Afghanistan

Arab and internationalAfghanistanTaliban 2021-05-06 11:20A-AA +

Shafaq News / The extremist Taliban movement seized the second largest dam in Afghanistan, after months of fierce fighting in their former stronghold in Kandahar province, according to official officials and the rebel movement, today, Thursday.

Local officials told AFP that the Dahla Dam, which supplies irrigation water to farmers through a network of canals, as well as drinking water to the state capital, is now under the control of the Taliban.

Taliban spokesman Qari Youssef told the agency, “We have captured the Dahleh Dam in Arghandab.”

Haji Ghalbuddin, the governor of the neighboring region, confirmed that the dam was under the control of the rebel movement.

“Our security forces requested reinforcements, but they were not able to get them,” he said.

The Taliban’s control of the dam comes after battles in neighboring Helmand province this week, just days after the US military officially began withdrawing its remaining forces in the country.

Turyalai Mahboubi, head of the water department in Kandahar, told AFP that the Taliban had recently warned Dahleh Dam employees not to go to their work.

An AFP correspondent in Kandahar said that last month, gunmen blew up a bridge linking the dam to the neighboring neighborhoods.

The United States built the Dahleh Dam about 70 years ago to provide irrigation water to the lands of about 7 provinces in Kandahar.

In 2019, the Asian Development Bank approved a $ 350 million grant to Afghanistan; To be used in part in the expansion projects of the dam.

The surrounding area has witnessed violent battles in the past six months, but security officials announced, in April, that the area had been cleared.

The officials indicated at the time that, before their withdrawal, the Taliban had planted mines throughout the region, including between residential compounds.

In neighboring Helmand, thousands of people fled their homes after a large-scale Taliban offensive against government forces.

US warplanes provide air support to the Afghan forces, although their withdrawal has begun.

The United States was to have withdrawn all forces, on May 1, according to its agreement with the Taliban, last year, but Washington postponed this step, until September 11; What angered the rebels.

The withdrawal of foreign forces comes amid stalled efforts to reach a peace agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

An international report reveals important information about Al-Kazemi’s role in mediation between the countries of the region 

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An international report reveals important information about Al-Kazemi's role in mediation between the countries of the region

{Politics: The Euphrates News} The international Bloomberg Agency published a report in which it spoke about the major and important role of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi in the stability of the Middle East, describing it as “of a very prominent position in Washington and the world, according to American professors specializing in international political affairs.” 

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Bloomberg said, “Al-Kazemi sailed in Iraqi politics on the broader front line with Iran, and played his cards wisely.” His position is very high in Washington now, noting that, “Al-Kazemi has placed Iraq with a strong role and position internationally because he realizes that the stability of his country internally has a great relationship. The situation in the region. ” 
The report pointed out that“ Iraq is playing a mediating role between Iran and the oil-producing Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, in a transformation of a country known to be a victim of the regional conflict rather than a channel to defuse it. ”  
In recent weeks, Iraq has conducted according to The report has “indirect talks between its two neighbors, Saudi Arabia and Iran, with a focus on the Yemen war, as the two countries support opposite sides.”
“Saudi Arabia and its ally the United Arab Emirates consider Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazimi, a former intelligence chief with experience in regional security issues, with a degree of independence from Iran,” Bloomberg said. Four people briefed on the talks said he was thus able. Building confidence to make such participation possible. ” 
Al-Kazemi also kept, according to the report, “open channels between Tehran and the administration of President Joseph Biden, which two people familiar with the Iraqi side said had welcomed the separate method of diplomatic contact with Iran. World powers are holding talks in Vienna to try to revive the 2015 agreement with Iran to rein in its nuclear activity in exchange for easing sanctions.” “.
He pointed out that “the end of the mid-May agreement on monitoring Iranian nuclear facilities gives these multi-track talks an additional urgency that could help regional communication in promoting the revival of the nuclear agreement, after former President Donald Trump’s unilateral exit followed by attacks on global shipping lanes and oil facilities.” Saudi Arabia, many of which blamed Iran or its regional proxies. ” 
Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute and an expert on US policy in the Middle East, said, “Al-Kazemi sailed into Iraqi politics on the broader front line with Iran, and played his cards wisely. His position is very high in Washington now.”
Iraq has long been stuck in the midst of conflicts between global and regional powers, and is still rebuilding from the invasions of the United States and ISIS, and Iraq hopes to reduce tensions that directly affect it, while Al-Kazemi also seeks to strengthen its role on the international stage, even when he navigates domestic politics in Iraq, where it gravitates between powerful rival parties, according to the report.

Ammar Al-Masoudi

Oil prices rise to $ 70 a barrel

06/05/2021 09:05

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Baghdad / Obelisk: Oil prices rose, Thursday, May 6, 2021, to $ 70 a barrel, as US stocks decreased and consumption increased even as India, affected by the virus, struggles.

Oil rose in 2021 as major economies including the United States and China recovered from the impact of the epidemic, increasing energy demand, while India, the main crude oil importer, grapples with a record coronavirus wave that has dampened economic activity.

In July, Brent crude rose 0.25% to $ 69.13 a barrel on the ICE Futures Exchange at 05:26, and on Wednesday, prices were at $ 69.95.

West Texas Intermediate crude for June delivery rose 0.2% to $ 65.79 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

In the United States, government data showed that crude oil inventories shrank by about eight million barrels last week and exports increased, but gasoline inventories rose for the fifth week in a row. Separately, pent-up travel demand in the country is expected to lead to a 30% jump in jet fuel use this summer.

The Central Bank of Iraq sales of dollars are taking a new hit

EconomybreakingThe Central Bank of IraqCentral bank sales 2021-05-06 06:09A-AA +

Shafaq News / The Iraqi Central Bank’s hard currency sales decreased, on Thursday, to $ 149 million.

Shafaq News Agency correspondent stated that the Central Bank of Iraq witnessed during its auction for the sale and purchase of foreign currencies today, a 10.78% decrease in its sales to reach 149 million 814 thousand and 579 dollars, which the bank covered at a base exchange rate of 1460 dinars per dollar, compared to Wednesday, Wednesday. As sales reached 167 million and 300 thousand dollars.

The purchases amounting to 136 million and 514 thousand and 579 dollars went to strengthen the funds abroad in the form of transfers and appropriations, while the remaining amount of 13 million and 300 thousand dollars went in cash.

Our correspondent indicated that 31 banks have fulfilled requests to enhance assets abroad, 11 banks to fulfill cash requests, and 5 participating exchange companies.