British Foreign Secretary: We offer one million pounds sterling to make the Iraqi elections free and fair


British Foreign Secretary: We offer one million pounds sterling to make the Iraqi elections free and fair


Al-Kazemi’s government takes 14 new decisions

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Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Council of Ministers held its weekly session on Tuesday, headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi, during which it took 14 new decisions.

In a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, Al-Kazemi’s office said that the Council of Ministers approved the following recommendations:

1- Continuing to implement the decision to vaccinate all persons working in shops, restaurants, malls, laboratories and the rest of the places subject to health control, and considering it a prerequisite for renewing and granting health licenses, while holding violators accountable by imposing fines and closing after 1/9/2021, in the event that these requirements are not met .

2- Not to allow the following categories to stay and consider them absent from work, unless they are brought in a vaccination card or a negative (PCR) examination weekly for those who are not covered by the vaccine or those infected during the previous three months period (supported by medical reports from the competent committees) starting from 1/9/2021 :

a. Employees of ministries and departments not affiliated with a ministry, as well as private sector institutions and departments.

B. Students, staff and faculty in all public and private institutes, colleges and universities.

c. Students (who are over 18 years old), employees and teaching staff in all public and private schools.

3- Requiring all government departments of the state not to receive any references unless what is mentioned in paragraph (2) above is achieved.

4- Not allowing the holding of trade union elections and holding all conferences, without prior announcement that non-vaccinators are not allowed, or those who have a negative PCR examination that was conducted within (72) hours before the appointment for those who were not covered by the vaccine or those infected during the previous three months period (supported by reports) from the competent committees) to attend elections and conferences, starting from 1/9/2021.

5- Requiring all Iraqis traveling outside Iraq to present the international certificate of vaccination with the Covid-19 vaccine, starting from the date of 1/10/2021, in addition to the requirements of the countries to which they are traveling, with the exception of those who have special cases that prevent him from being vaccinated or injured during the three-month period The previous record (supported by medical reports from the relevant committees), and his obligation to bring a negative PCR test proving that he did not have Covid-19 disease when traveling.

6- A requirement to receive a minimum first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as a condition for obtaining an exception from the partial or comprehensive curfew (when necessary to impose it).

7- Emphasis on the Media and Communications Authority to obligate all media channels to broadcast awareness programs on the benefits of vaccination against Covid-19 disease, urging citizens to pre-book through the electronic platform for vaccination with Covid-19 vaccines available in hospitals and health centers throughout the governorates, and emphasizing not to host Non-specialists regarding Covid-19 vaccines, not spreading rumors, holding violators accountable and closing the channel

The Council of Ministers also discussed a number of other topics on the agenda, and issued the following decisions:

First / Allowing profitable oil companies to employ daily wage earners with engineering specializations, as an exception from Cabinet Resolutions (315 and 337 of 2019), according to the transparent advertising and competition mechanism, provided that their number does not exceed 6000 employees.

Second / Approval of the exclusion of the lands belonging to the University of Baghdad from Paragraph (2) of the Council of Ministers Resolution (175 of 2019), for the aforementioned university’s need for the real estate shown in the letter of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research No. (11014 on April 30, 2021).

Third / Approval of authorizing the Minister of Finance with the authority to contract with banking experts from outside and inside Iraq with expertise, competence and competence, as an exception to the instructions for implementing government contracts No. (2 of 2014), and the controls attached thereto.

Fourth / Approval of the recommendation of the Ministerial Council for the Economy, regarding approval of what was stated in the Ministry of Planning letter No. (2/8/3238 dated February 9, 2021), taking into consideration the opinion of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.

Fifth, agree to the following:

– Implementation of the third part (critical part) by the Ministry of Finance of the Basra Water Pipeline Project / Al Bid’ah Canal, specifically from (kilometre 00+166 to kilometer 500+220), at a total cost of ($475,000,000), only four hundred and seventy-five million dollars, and this part was considered a first stage. , provided that only $200,000,000 will be allocated and financed for the remainder of this year/2021, and from the petrodollar revenues of Basra Governorate, and an amount of only $275,000,000 will be two hundred and seventy-five million dollars for the next year/ 2022, from the additional investment account within the agreement The framework between the Federal Ministry of Finance and the China Export Corporation (Sinosure), outside the framework of borrowing named in the form of guarantees.

The companies of the Ministry of Water Resources implement the part mentioned in paragraph (1) above, in order to shorten the time and reduce costs by making use of the energies available to the Ministry of Water Resources, as an exception to the instructions for implementing government contracts (2 of 2014).

Assigning the Center for Engineering Studies and Designs, one of the formations of the Ministry of Water Resources, and a consultant in Basra Governorate, for the purpose of providing technical advice to the companies of the Ministry in charge of these works.

Sixth / agree to the following:

– Referring the task of the Higher Committee for Poverty Reduction Policies in Iraq to the Ministerial Council for the Economy.

– Re-formation of the Permanent Technical Committee for Poverty Alleviation Policies, formed under the Diwani Order (237 of 2015), reported by the Prime Minister’s Office letter No. (M.R.O/74/9384 on June 25, 2015), to become headed by the Minister of Planning and membership of representatives For the ministries of (Finance, Planning, Education, Health, Labor, Social Affairs, Higher Education, Scientific Research and Agriculture, and the Ministries of Planning and Labor in the Kurdistan Region), representatives of the National Investment Commission, the Human Rights Commission and civil society organizations, and the Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers representing the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.

Seventh/ The Ministry of Oil supplies the Ministry of Water Resources with fuel, oils and fats on deferred payment for a period of one month, at a rate of 100% for the listed departments:

1. The General Authority for the Operation of Irrigation Projects.

2. The General Authority for the Maintenance of Irrigation Projects. 

3. River dredging department.

Dollar prices close at 150 thousand dinars in Baghdad

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Shafaq News/ The dollar exchange rates rose again, on Tuesday, in the main stock exchange in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Shafak News Agency correspondent said that the Central Kifah Stock Exchange in Baghdad closed this evening at 149,925 Iraqi dinars for 100 US dollars, while the Al-Harithiya Stock Exchange recorded 150,000 Iraqi dinars per 100 dollars.

The Central Kifah Stock Exchange recorded 149,500 Iraqi dinars, during its opening this morning, Tuesday morning.

Our correspondent indicated that the buying and selling prices rose in the banking shops in the local markets in Baghdad, where the selling price amounted to 150,500 Iraqi dinars, while the purchase prices amounted to 149,500 dinars per 100 US dollars.

Iraq announces contracting with local and international experts to reform the banking sector

Iraq announces contracting with local and international experts to reform the banking sector

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Mubasher: The Iraqi Council of Ministers voted to contract with local and international banking experts to reform the banking sector.

Cabinet spokesman Hassan Nazim explained, during the weekly press conference of the Council of Ministers, today, Tuesday, that there are many problems in the Iraqi banking sector, according to the Iraq News Agency, “conscious.”

The council also voted to provide fuel oil to the state of Lebanon, in addition to providing 6,000 job opportunities for engineers in oil companies.

On the other hand, Nazim said that there will be soft loans for building housing for all segments.

Al-Kazemi receives the British Foreign Minister, and they discuss economic and investment cooperation

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Al-Kazemi receives the British Foreign Minister, and they discuss economic and investment cooperation

{Political: Al Furat News} Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi received, today, Tuesday, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and his accompanying delegation, and they discussed economic and investment cooperation. 

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A statement by Al-Kazemi’s office said, “Al-Furat News” received a copy of it today, that “the meeting witnessed a discussion of bilateral relations between the two countries, and ways to strengthen them, especially in the post-military cooperation stage within the international coalition to defeat ISIS, with the aim of developing economic, cultural and health cooperation, in addition to cooperation in the field.” investment, and to provide the appropriate conditions for major British companies to operate in Iraq.

Al-Kazemi stressed during the meeting that the signing of the document of strategic political cooperation between the two countries is the culmination of the development witnessed by the bilateral relationship, expressing his appreciation for Britain’s position in support of Iraq in its war on terrorism, and his welcome to the British government’s support for Iraq’s efforts in the field of economic reform.

The Prime Minister reiterated the importance of coordinating work with international bodies supporting the implementation of the upcoming elections, by assigning the work of the Electoral Commission and providing it with international observers.

The statement pointed out that “Rab conveyed the greetings of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the Iraqi government and people, reiterating the UK’s full support for Iraq and the government’s efforts to impose the rule of law and stability, as well as support for its growing regional role in mitigating conflicts and giving precedence to the logic of wisdom rather than continuing conflicts.”

And Dominic Raab said that Iraq’s leading role in the region is evidence of the Iraqi government’s future vision of the nature of stability, calming factors and ways to enhance them in the region.

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Details of the press conference..Iraq and the United Kingdom sign a document of political and strategic understanding

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Details of the press conference..Iraq and the United Kingdom sign a document of political and strategic understanding

{Political: Al Furat News} Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein signed, with his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, on Tuesday, a document of political and strategic understanding. 

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Hussein said during a joint press conference with his British counterpart, held at the ministry building in Baghdad, that: “The document is based on the previous agreement between the Iraqi government and the European Union,” stressing that “the signing of the strategic document came after Britain’s exit from the European Union.”
He pointed out that “during the meeting, a group of issues related to the strategic relations between the two countries and the next stage were discussed, and we discussed international support for the elections and the regional conditions surrounding Iraq.”
Hussein indicated that “our relationship with Britain goes back to the history of the founding of the Iraqi state, and that it played an important role with the international coalition in fighting the terrorist Daesh.”
For his part, Raab said, “My presence in Baghdad is an important opportunity to support Iraq,” stressing “the commitment of his government to support bilateral relations between Baghdad and London.”
He stressed that “the upcoming elections are a milestone in the history of Iraq, and we look forward to providing additional funds for education and investment for the youth.”
“We had a constructive dialogue and are working to develop bilateral relations,” Raab concluded.
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Saleh discusses with Tueller several files, including the fight against corruption and terrorism 


Baghdad / Al-Mawred News

The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, discussed with the US Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller several files, including the fight against corruption and terrorism.
The Presidency of the Republic stated in a statement, “Saleh received Tueller and the meeting discussed the close bilateral relations, the various aspects of joint coordination between the two countries, and ways to develop prospects for cooperation in the context of the strategic dialogue, and the technical committees emanating from it, leading to a strategic partnership in various fields that serves mutual interests.” It respects Iraqi sovereignty, and brings peace and benefit to the two peoples and the entire region, in addition to strengthening joint action in confronting the challenges of terrorism, and cooperating in issues of combating corruption and terrorist financing, as well as protecting the environment and confronting climate change.
She added, “The meeting dealt with the latest developments on the regional and international arenas of common interest, as it was stressed the need to ease tensions and rely on dialogue in resolving outstanding issues in order to establish peace in the region.”

The government is discussing and reconsidering internal and external borrowing

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The government is discussing and reconsidering internal and external borrowing

{Local: Al Furat News} The Ministry of Planning discussed, on Tuesday, working to reconsider according to the economic and financial conditions of Iraq, and to ensure maximum benefit from loans, whether internal or external, 

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Minister of Planning Khaled Battal Al-Najm chaired a joint meeting between the Ministries of Planning and Finance, which included Undersecretary for Technical Affairs Maher Hammad Johan, Director General of the Public Debt Department in the Ministry of Finance Khaled Salah El-Din, and Director General of International Cooperation in the Ministry of Planning, Saher Abdel-Kazim, and a number of experts. And advisers in the two ministries, according to the statement. 
During the meeting, “discussing the borrowing mechanisms currently in force, and working to reconsider them in accordance with the economic and financial conditions of Iraq, in a manner that ensures maximum benefit from loans, whether internal or external, in financing investment and service projects, in a manner that does not constitute a burden on the national economy.” 

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Al-Kazemi: We succeeded in keeping the war away from Iraq and developed the first plan for economic reform

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Baghdad / Obelisk: Obelisk Publish, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, the most prominent statements of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi during the Cabinet session:

Al-Kazemi: The government was able, despite the heavy legacy and great challenges, to take important steps on the road to reform, and to save the country financially and economically.

Al-Kazemi: It is trying hard, with plans and strategies that have been prepared, to put the country on the right path.

Al-Kazemi: After we have completed the first year of the government, which the parliament granted confidence in, we affirm that Iraq is capable of playing its civilized role in this world, as it is the Iraq of civilization, writing, law and science.

Al-Kazemi: The recently launched annual government performance report, in which information and readings were included in all transparency, accuracy and clarity, and it includes the government’s achievements during a whole year.

Al-Kazemi: The government performance report lists in all transparency and impartiality what the government accomplished from May 2020 to May 2021, as well as everything that is in the process of being accomplished.

Al-Kazemi: Our people have suffered a lot and have been let down by the corrupt, slogan dealers and those without conscience, and today we put before you, with all transparency, what we have accomplished and what we have not yet accomplished. 

Al-Kazemi: And what we are on the way to accomplish is to serve Iraq and the Iraqis who deserve the best.

Al-Kazemi: The long years and decades of sabotage and destruction have burdened Iraq, and have piled up problems and pain on its people.

Al-Kazemi: We established a path of reform and change and began to progress in it, and together we will turn the past years and proceed to a bright and promising future that meets the hopes of young people.

Al-Kazemi: We succeeded in removing the specter of war from Iraq, and we proceeded with balanced internal policies, and effective and balanced relations with all our neighbors and the various regional and international powers.

Al-Kazemi: We developed the first plan for economic reform in the history of Iraq, and we prepared all the requirements for the elections, 

Al-Kazemi: We have also achieved successes in the oil sector, agriculture, communications and water resources, and we have done the anti-corruption file by arresting dozens of senior corrupt officials.

Al-Kazemi: Despite all the obstacles and the difficulty of the task that this government has endured, we still believe that it has made great progress in several files.

Al-Kazemi: We will not listen to the voices whose purpose is to undermine the government and its work, especially its measures that hit their ambitions, because we put Iraq’s interest first and we have no ambitions.


The UN Security Council issues a resolution to release Iraqi funds: What does it include?

The Ministry of Justice announced, on Tuesday, that the UN Security Council issued a decision to release Iraqi funds seized by the Swiss government. A ministry statement said, “Justice Minister Salar Abdul Sattar Muhammad received in his official office today, the Swiss Ambassador to Iraq Lucas Jacir, and during the meeting, they discussed ways to enhance joint cooperation between the two sides, especially the possibility of signing a memorandum of cooperation between the two ministries.” Iraqi and Swiss justice to exchange legal expertise and judicial notifications to develop the capacity development of the Ministry’s staff in the near futureThe minister called, according to the statement, to “the importance of serious cooperation between the two countries, which would contribute to strengthening frameworks and exchanging experiences, including the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between the two parties in the near future to serve the interests of the two friendly peoples.”The statement said the two sides reviewed also discussed the launch of returning money to the Iraqi government are reserved to the Swiss, and the demand for lifting the booking for these funds and return the government, knowing that there is a decision issued by the Security Council , the international launch of these amounts” .Among that, “we discussed the participation of the Republic of Iraq in the writing of the National Plan for Human Rights prepared by the ministry and other ministries represented in the National Committee to write a treaty reports which will take place in the ninth month of this year in Geneva .”For his part, the Swiss ambassador expressed great thanks “to the Minister on the great cooperation and warm reception”, expressing his country ‘s readiness “for cooperation between the two parties, in the exchange of experiences and the possibility of signing a memorandum of cooperation between the two sides in the near future”