Economy News – BaghdadThe governor of Dhi Qar, Ahmed Ghani Al-Khafaji, announced, on Thursday, the signing of a preliminary memorandum of understanding with the Chinese company CBB to establish a number of infrastructure projects in the province in exchange for obtaining quantities of crude oil.Al-Khafaji said in a statement, seen by “Al-Eqtisad News”, that “this initial memorandum stipulated the implementation by the Chinese company of water and sewage projects, school buildings, road and bridge services and energy projects within the governorate, provided that the prices of these services be paid in the form of batches of crude oil that it produces.” Governorate”.He explained that “this agreement is preliminary and the approval of the federal government will be obtained according to the law, so that the governorate moves forward with the inclusion of these projects and the final agreement with the Chinese company.”
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BAGHDAD – Mawazine News , the Ministry of Water Resources confirmed, on Friday, holding meetings and continuing official correspondence with Turkey, Iran and Syria, to resolve the water file and agree to share the damage during the period of water scarcity and lack of water revenues, while reassuring citizens of the abundance of water during the current summer season. “The levels of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, during this period of each year and after the end of the winter agricultural season and until the start of the summer agricultural season, which will be started during the next two weeks, reduce consumption and water releases, to maintain Water in dams and reservoirs. “ Radi added, “The ministry launches during this period the quantities that are really needed, such as drinking water and some simple horticulture, as well as other uses such as the share of marshes and hydroelectric, industrial and sanitary uses, in a calculated manner to fulfill the purpose and meet all needs.” He pointed out that “after two weeks, water releases will be increased immediately after the summer plan is started, and water levels will rise in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.” Task”. He explained, “This procedure is important and coincides with the scarcity and the lack of water releases that plague the region in general, due to the decrease and lack of rain, as well as the climate changes that have greatly affected the region, specifically on the upstream countries and the higher countries in Turkey, Iran and Syria, as well as Iraq, which is most affected as it is from Downstream countries. ” He explained, “The revenues of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers decreased by 50% from their rates during the past year, so the Ministry held a meeting with the Syrian side and technically communicated with the Turkish side, to agree on sharing the damage caused by the lack of revenues due to climate change, according to the agreement signed between countries.” He pointed out that “the ministry’s utilization of water and the high revenues that were achieved during the year 2019 and beyond, and the revenues achieved during the past period, and the ministry’s plans for rationing according to need, led to the availability of water storage in the dams and reservoirs of the Tigris and Euphrates revenues,” reassuring citizens of “the abundance of water” For the current summer season and the next winter season, provided that everyone abides by this important wealth. He stressed, “the necessity of preserving the water revolution and not exceeding the water quota, polluting water, and throwing waste and sewage products into the water.” Regarding water revenues coming from Iran, Radi stressed, “There is disparity and a lack of revenues in Darbandikhan, which reached very low rates, as well as in Dokan, which has reached 70%,” explaining that “the most affected provinces are Diyala, as it is from Important agricultural governorates and the source of their irrigation depends on the Diyala-Sirwan River, up to 80%, and the Tigris River, up to 19-20%. He warned, “The ministry has completed a station to supply the governorate center in Baqubah with water, which serves about 450 thousand people, securing the operation of liquefaction plants, as well as direct digging dozens of wells to benefit from groundwater and feed the areas where surface water is difficult to reach, in addition to a set of procedures and projects to clean Canals, dredging rivers, and taking a set of field measures to set up pumping stations and dig wells to secure drinking water, horticulture and all other uses, to reduce the harm of scarcity and lack of revenue. “ Regarding communication with Syria, Iran and Turkey in this regard, Radi said, “There is a meeting with the Syrian side and communication with the Turkish and Iranian sides in order to lay down the broad lines and agree to divide the damage in such circumstances.” He stressed, “There are official letters and support from the central government and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi for this file, and there are official letters and letters through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Iranian side, awaiting a response to them to open dialogue and agree to share the damage in this difficult period.”
Shafaq News / The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani discussed, on Friday, with the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to strengthen bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Region and the State of Qatar, including increasing trade exchange.
This came in telephone conversations between the two sides, according to a statement issued by the Kurdistan Regional Government and received by Shafaq News.
The statement stated that the two sides exchanged congratulations and blessings on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr.
During the call, the Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for the condemnation of the State of Qatar for the recent attacks on Erbil International Airport, and discussed the latest regional developments.
The two sides expressed their common willingness to increase trade exchange between the two sides and boost investment, and it was agreed to keep close contact on issues of common concern.
Shafaq News / The British “Middle East Eye” website mentioned Iran asked Saudi Arabia to help it sell its oil by circumventing US sanctions in exchange for Tehran persuading the Houthis in Yemen to reduce their attacks on oil sites in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The British website was quoted in a report translated by Shafaq News According to an official familiar with the Saudi-Iranian talks hosted by Iraq last April, he said that the aim is to end the conflict situation and win over the institutions of the two countries at all levels.
According to the site, an additional round of talks was held between the two parties, in the presence of a limited number of Iraqi officials, who “contributed to bridging views and smoothing the atmosphere.”
Iraqi sources said that the Yemen war remains the most prominent issue on the negotiating table and was a focus during the meeting, which lasted four hours.
It indicated that the Saudis sought during the meeting to ensure the cessation of Houthi attacks that occurred almost daily during the past months, targeting Saudi oil and economic sites.
As for the Iranians, they have focused, on the other hand, on achieving a breach of the bottleneck since former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and reimposed a wide range of sanctions on the Iranians.
Specifically, the Iranians have asked the Saudis to help them sell their oil again, according to a senior Iraqi official close to the Iranians and familiar with the course of the talks.
The official said to the British site; The Iranians offered to sell their oil to the Saudis at a price lower than the world price, on the condition that the Saudis sell it on the world markets on their own way.
The official pointed out that Iran relies on the UAE and Oman to sell its oil informally, and needs another regional outlet to sell its oil away from US sanctions, and that Saudi Arabia appears to be the ideal option for the Iranians now.
Despite the ongoing talks in Vienna on the Iranian file, the Iraqi official said he was not surprised that Tehran was seeking to pursue an alternative path strategy with Saudi Arabia.
“Opening a new outlet for Iranian oil sales clearly indicates that Iran is seeking to exploit the situation and expand its influence to new areas in the region,” the official said.
The Iraqi official explained; “Iran is always thinking in a way that allows it to breathe easily under all circumstances and provide practical alternatives in order to be able to maneuver comfortably in its current negotiations (in Vienna) with the Americans,” noting that the negotiations in Vienna may continue for months and possibly years, and that finding temporary alternatives represents Iranian model of thinking.
According to Iraqi officials the British website spoke to, the Iraqi government has been involved in direct talks from the beginning, and is working to bring the two parties together in Baghdad.
There are two main Iraqi officials involved in managing the negotiations under the mandate of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and they are Muhammad Abdul-Ridha Al-Hashemi, known as Abu Jihad, who is an advisor to Al-Kazemi and is in charge of the file of the Iranian-backed Iraqi factions. The second character is National Security Adviser Qassem Al-Araji.
Officials indicated that Abu Jihad and Al-Araji have traveled back and forth between Baghdad, Riyadh and Tehran over the past two months.
According to the site, in addition to the Iranian request to the Saudis to sell oil, Tehran is also proposing that the Houthis be partners in power in Sanaa. On the other hand, the Saudis demanded an end to Houthi attacks on oil and economic sites, as well as an end to incitement, especially media incitement, practiced by Iranian institutions and Iran’s allies, against Saudi Arabia, especially in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria.
“The most prominent Saudi concern is to stop Houthi attacks on their institutions, and the rest are details,” the Iraqi official said. During the last session, the Saudis and the Iranians did not address Lebanon or Iraq in detail.
According to Iraqi officials, Saudi Arabia is demanding a greater role for Sunnis in Iraqi government institutions, reflecting the size of the Sunnis in Iraq, and an end to Iran’s allies’ attacks in Iraq on Saudi Arabia’s allies and potential Saudi investments in Iraq.
According to Iraqi sources, the new round of talks will take place in Baghdad within the next few days, and that an Iranian delegation includes figures from Iranian intelligence, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and specialists from other security institutions who have not worked in Iraq before, and have already arrived in Baghdad days ago. .
“We want them to reach an agreement so that they stop using Iraq as an arena for their struggle,” said an official in the Iraqi National Security Adviser.
Baghdad – Mawazine News , the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Peshmerga, Lieutenant General Jabbar Yawar, announced, on Friday, that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi directed the implementation of the joint security agreement between the Joint Operations Command and the Peshmerga forces in the disputed areas. Al-Yawar said, according to the official agency, that “during the previous meetings, a joint agreement was reached to form the centers of the Joint Security Coordination Room for the regions of Khanaqin, Kirkuk, Mosul and Makhmour, and that the agreement was made in light of the proposals presented by Al-Kazemi,” indicating that “according to which the agreement was concluded between the Security Coordination Committee.” The Supreme Ministry of Peshmerga and the Supreme Security Coordination Committee for the Joint Operations Command. He added, “These centers have not been implemented by the Coordinating Committee in the Joint Operations Command, and the agreement to form a joint force of Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army forces in the disputed areas has also not been implemented.” Al-Yawar confirmed, “The prime minister directed, during a security meeting, the Supreme Security Coordination Committee in the Joint Operations Command to head to the Kurdistan region to activate previous security agreements,” noting that “a delegation from Baghdad visited the Kurdistan region on the ninth of this month, headed by National Security Adviser Qassem Al-Araji. During the visit, it was agreed to implement the aforementioned security agreements after the Eid al-Fitr holiday. He pointed out that “the best solution for the stability of the disputed areas lies in the continuation of joint coordination between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army forces to maintain security in those areas.”
Shafaq News / On Friday, the Iraqi Ministry of Health recorded an unprecedented decrease in Corona virus infections for several months.
The ministry said, in a statement of the daily epidemiological and vaccination positions for the pandemic, which was reported to Shafaq News Agency, that its laboratories recorded 2767 new infections, 27 deaths and 5769 recoveries.
The ministry indicated that “the number of vaccinated people during the day, Friday, reached 3,825 citizens,” noting that “the total number of those who received the vaccine reached 472,302.”
Shafaq News Agency publishes, below, the epidemiological situation for all governorates of Iraq.
Shafaq News / On Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi exchanged congratulations, wishes and blessings with a number of leaders of “friendly and brotherly” countries, on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, during which they expressed their wishes for the prosperity and progress of Iraq.
Al-Kazemi, according to a statement received by Shafaq News, he also wished the leaders of those countries for “lasting security, stability and prosperity,” and for “the continuation of the distinguished relations between the Iraqi people and all peoples of the region.”
The prime minister had exchanged congratulations with (the kings of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Bahrain, the princes of Kuwait and Qatar, as well as the Egyptian and Turkish presidents, and the Kuwaiti prime minister, according to the statement.)
During the congratulations, the leaders of the “brotherly and friendly” countries expressed their sincere wishes for the Iraqi people “for Yemen and prosperity, and for all peoples in the region to enjoy security, stability and sustainable development, and to overcome challenges through human communication, consolidate peace, and document friendship and partnership for the benefit of all.” .
Shafaq News / The Kurdistan Democratic Bloc confirmed, on Friday, that the federal government will launch the salaries of employees and the share of the Kurdistan Region in the 2021 budget, after the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
Democrat Shirwan Al-Dobardani said, “The joint technical committee that was formed to follow up the terms of the agreement between the federal government and the Kurdistan Region continues its work to implement the agreement and what is stipulated in the General Budget Law for 2021.”
Dubardani added, “According to the information, the salaries of employees and the region’s share in the budget law will be launched by the Federal Ministry of Finance after the Eid Al-Fitr holiday.”
He pointed out that “launching the Kurdistan Region quota in one go or in the form of payments left to the Technical Committee, it is concerned with that through its action on the Ministry of Finance.”
And the Prime Minister had indicated, during a press interview, on May 9, 2021, that Baghdad is now in the final stage of approving and distributing the budget chapters, and that Kurdistan’s share will arrive in Erbil soon.
Baghdad – Mawazine News , Al-Rafidain Bank decided, on Friday, to increase the interest rate on fixed deposits for citizens who deposit their money in the bank. “The administration decided to increase the interest rate on deposits for a period of six months to 4.5 percent,” the bank’s media office said in a statement, which “Mawazine News” received. He added, “The decision included increasing the interest rate on fixed deposits for a year to be 5.5 percent,” noting that “increasing the interest rate on deposits for a period of two years to become 6.5 percent.” Ended 29 / p4
SULAIMANI — During a visit to the Bashik and Mosul-Khazr Peshmerga axes on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Shorsh Esmail said on Thursday (May 13) that the Peshmerga and the Iraqi Security Forces have reached a “good understanding” on how to combat militants operating in the disputed areas.
Esmail said that the understanding with the federal Ministry of Defense is “valuable”, hoping to reach a comprehensive and concrete agreement, which will ensure the security and stability of the region and the complete elimination of terrorists.
He said that he hopes the Eid will bring more stability and gains to the Kurdistan Region.
“We emphasis that with unity and solidarity, we will protect our Kurdistan together,” he added.
On Tuesday night, Islamic State (ISIS) militants attacked Peshmerga unit near Naijul town in Kifri district, killing one Peshmerga and wounding another.
On May 1, three Peshmerga were killed in an ISIS attack in Kirkuk.
Recently officials in both Erbil and Baghdad have expressed concern about the security vacuum in the disputed areas, which allows ISIS to stage attacks against both civilian and military targets.