We are not at war with militias.” The US State Department: Strategic dialogue with Iraq will be held soon

Al Hurra – WashingtonJuly 14, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on WhatsAppComments

The United States calls on the Iraqi authorities to hold accountable the militias responsible for the assassination of activists

The Acting US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Joey Hood, confirmed, on Tuesday, that the strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq, in its fourth round, will be held in a few days to strengthen relations between the two countries. 

“We are very active in efforts to restore stability to the communities in Iraq that were destroyed by ISIS,” Hood said during a virtual meeting at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies. 

He explained that the United States is the largest donor to Iraq’s development through the development programs of the United Nations, “We have rehabilitated more than 130 schools with this funding… in addition to 57 primary health care centers, six clinics, 62 water treatment plants, 17 electrical sub-stations, and three hospitals.” 

He pointed out that Congress provided a financial grant of ten million dollars dedicated to education, “and we are working closely with our partners in the United Nations and the European Union to meet the requests of the Iraqi government regarding the organization and monitoring of elections.” 

Hood renewed the US call for the Iraqi authorities to bring the killers of Iraqi activists to justice. 

“We talk at every opportunity with the Iraqi government about human rights and that they have a duty to protect peaceful demonstrators and civil society activists,” he said. 

He added, “On the sixth of July, the first anniversary of Hisham al-Hashemi’s assassination was right in front of his house, and those responsible for killing him, assassinating others, and disappearing civil society activists are still at large.” 

“We have no doubt that the anti-democratic armed militias are behind these cowardly acts and target human rights and democracy. They target human rights and democracy advocates, and this must end,” he added. 

He stressed that the United States will work “to push the Iraqi government to confront these militias and bring them to justice.” 

“We are not at war with these militias, we want them to leave us alone and leave the Iraqi people alone,” he added. 

Since the beginning of the year, about 50 attacks have targeted US interests in Iraq, especially the US embassy in Baghdad and Iraqi military bases that include Americans, and the Baghdad and Erbil airports, in attacks often attributed to Iraqi pro-Iranian factions.



Washington: Returning to the nuclear agreement will make us stronger in the face of terrorist attacks

Arabic and internationalUS State DepartmentIranIran nuclear dealmissile attacksArmed factions 2021-07-14 15:16A-AA+

Shafaq News / The US State Department saw on Wednesday that returning to the nuclear agreement with Iran would make the United States a stronger position in the face of attacks by armed factions, in reference to what its forces and interests in Iraq and Syria are exposed to.

The US State Department spokesman, Ned Price, said during a press conference held at the ministry building, followed by Shafak News Agency, “Every challenge we face with Iran becomes more complex and difficult the more its nuclear program gets out of control,” adding, “Since we withdrew from the nuclear agreement, the situation has not improved while It relates to the challenges we face with Iran.”

Price added, “The nuclear agreement was successful, when it was activated, in limiting Iran’s ability to acquire a nuclear weapon, and that is why the United States is seeking to return to mutual compliance.”

“Permanently restricting Iran’s nuclear program by returning to the nuclear deal will put us in a better position in dealing with other challenges, such as attacks by Iran-backed factions,” he stressed.

Earlier on Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki acknowledged Washington’s concern about Tehran’s activities in the region, noting that “the American interest requires the continuation of nuclear negotiations.”

Psaki stressed during a press conference that “Washington will defend its forces in the face of attacks by Iranian-backed groups.”


Washington allows Iran to use frozen funds to pay off its debts to South Korea and Japan

the world| 08:45 – 14/07/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News
The United States announced that it will allow Iran to use frozen funds to pay off its debts to South Korea and Japan, in light of the continuation of talks to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement.
According to the sanctions in force, foreign companies dealing with Iran could be subjected to severe sanctions from the American authorities, Especially if it has interests in the United States or uses bank accounts in Iran.
The US State Department said Japanese and South Korean companies could receive payments from bank accounts targeted by US authorities for products that were exported before the Trump administration re-tightened the sanctions regime in 2019.
“This waiver does not allow any money to be transferred to Iran,” a State Department spokesman said, recalling that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had signed an earlier waiver and extended it for 90 days because “these payment transactions can sometimes take a long time.”
He explained that “the purpose of the exemption is to satisfy companies in Japan and South Korea, praising the allies’ steadfast support for all US and UN sanctions.” Ended 29 / h


The President of the Region and the International Coalition are conducting a “realistic assessment” of the situation in Iraq and Kurdistan

Kurdistan womenISISNechirvan BarzaniInternational Alliance 2021-07-14 09:51A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani and a high-ranking delegation from the international coalition to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria discussed, on Wednesday, security developments, in addition to coordination between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army to combat ISIS.

And according to a statement by the region’s presidency received by Shafaq News Agency, Barzani received on Wednesday the deputy commander of the international coalition forces in Iraq and Syria, General Richard Bell and an accompanying delegation.

He pointed out that the meeting witnessed a discussion of the latest developments in the war against terrorism, the dangers of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, cooperation and coordination between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army, and the duties of the international coalition against ISIS, indicating that the two sides conducted a realistic assessment of the situation.

The statement added that Barzani thanked the international coalition for the support of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in the war against ISIS, noting the importance of training and qualifying the Peshmerga by the international coalition forces.

On the other hand, the statement indicated that General Bell expressed his pleasure for the cooperation and coordination of the coalition forces with the relevant parties in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, pointing to the importance of coordination and cooperation between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army to confront ISIS.

He noted that the two parties were in agreement on the importance and necessity of cooperation and coordination between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with the international coalition for the final elimination of ISIS, as well as partnership in order to provide security and stability for Iraq and the region.


In Erbil, Nechirvan Barzani and Al-Abadi talk about a “new phase”

politicsNechirvan BarzaniHaider Al-Abadi 2021-07-14 06:38A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani met, on Wednesday, with the leader of the victory coalition Haider al-Abadi in Erbil, the capital of the region, and they stressed the country’s ability to advance again in a new stage.

Al-Abadi’s office said in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, that “the meeting witnessed a discussion of a number of political, security and economic files, visions to solve the outstanding problems, and the importance of continuing dialogues between the various political and social activities to crystallize solutions and cross the country from the challenges it faces.”

The file of the early parliamentary elections and the importance of providing a healthy environment by the executive and legislative authorities and the Electoral Commission to conduct them on time, to establish a new phase of stability and provide the requirements for a decent living for citizens were also discussed, according to the statement.

The statement also stated that the two sides affirmed that “the country is capable of reviving a new phase of cooperation, discarding differences, and moving forward to overcome the challenges it faces.”


The Minister of Trade announces the distribution of a new meal of the entitlements of peasants and farmers

Economie| 12:23 – 14/07/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News
, Minister of Trade, Alaa Al-Jubouri, announced, on Wednesday, that the General Company for Grain Trade, one of the formations of the Ministry of Trade, has launched new dues to farmers marketing the crop for the year 2021.
Al-Jubouri said, in a statement received by / Mawazine News / a copy of it, that “the new batch represents 235 One billion Iraqi dinars has been allocated by the Ministry of Finance, and it represents the third installment of the 2021 dues.
The minister added: “100 billion Iraqi dinars were distributed as first dues from the amounts of the General Company for Grain Trade, while 85 billion of the amounts that were in excess of the marketing of yoghurt for the year 2021 were distributed.”
He continued, “This meal represents the third batch of farmers’ entitlements, which were allocated by the Ministry of Finance.”
Al-Jubouri pointed out that “the staff of the General Company for Grain Trade started these days by distributing these amounts to all governorates and to marketing centers, with a preference for some of the marketed governorates at the beginning of the marketing season.”
On the same level, the Director-General of the General Company for Grain Trade confirmed that “the company’s owners began today distributing the amounts to the governorates through a special committee that took into account the regulations in force according to the precedence of the quantities marketed in all marketing centers for the wheat crop for the year 2021.”
The company’s general manager added, “The company is serious about completing the processing of these amounts through the support of the Minister of Commerce and communication with the Ministry of Finance for the purpose of allocating other amounts that will be distributed soon.” Ended 29/A43


The Federal Court postpones the date of the appeal against the budget law

political| 01:31 – 14/07/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News 
The Federal Supreme Court decided, on Wednesday, to postpone the date of the challenge to the federal budget law for the fiscal year 2021. 
A judicial source said, according to official media, that “the Federal Supreme Court postponed the date of the challenge to the federal budget law for the fiscal year 2021.”

The source added, “The new date will be on the twenty-fourth of next month.” Ended 29 / A 43