Al-Kazemi talks about Iran’s debts and the files of his visit to Washington and confirms: The crowd is a young institution

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Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced, on Sunday, the existence of a mechanism to pay the debts owed by Iraq in favor of Iran, while confirming that the completion percentage reached 85% in the file of the electrical connection with the Gulf countries.

The Iranian debts are sums of money owed by Iraq since the imposition of US sanctions on Iran in 2018, payable in return for providing the Iranian side with gas and power lines.

Al-Kazemi said during an interview with the Saudi “Al-Arabiya Al-Hadath” channel, that “Iraq is working on the electrical connection with the Gulf countries and has been able to complete 85% of it so far,” stressing that “the electrical system will be protected after providing additional protection.”

The Prime Minister indicated that the Iraqi government “found a mechanism for the Iranian debt file,” noting that “political corruption spoiled the process of providing services to citizens, and that the country’s exposure to security and economic collapse was the reason behind accepting the prime minister’s job.”

water file

Regarding the water crisis with neighboring countries, the Iraqi Prime Minister pointed out that “there is a serious dialogue with Turkey on the water file,” noting that “there is a great improvement in the means of dialogue with the Turkish side on the water file.”

housing crisis

On the problem of housing in Iraq, Al-Kazemi said that “the absurd wars and displacement led to overcrowding of cities, including the capital, Baghdad,” stressing his government’s intention to distribute “550 thousand plots of land to the poor and employees to solve the housing problem.”

The popular crowd

Regarding the security files, Al-Kazemi stated, “The Popular Mobilization is an Iraqi constitutional institution, and its loyalty is to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, but it is young and many problems occur in it.”

“We should not be afraid of some events related to the popular crowd, especially since it is now at its best in terms of discipline and loyalty,” he added.

Targeting missions

Regarding the missile and drone attacks targeting diplomatic missions and American interests in Iraq, Al-Kazemi noted that “the non-state groups want to turn Iraq into a battlefield,” sending a message to them by saying that “you have no choice but the state, and your absurd actions do not serve anyone.”

The Prime Minister stressed that “real steps were taken to protect diplomatic missions and arrest a large group of violators,” noting that “coordination with the Kurdistan Region led to the arrest of some violators, and we will protect all state institutions.”

Washington visit

On his visit to Washington and meeting with US President Joe Biden on the 26th of this month, Al-Kazemi explained, “His visit to Washington comes to organize US-Iraqi relations and end the US combat presence, because the Iraqi forces are ready, and there is no need for foreign combat forces on the ground, except for the training and intelligence role.” “.

He continued, “The government is responsible for Iraqi sovereignty and must protect the missions,” stressing that “the sovereign decision is Iraqi with distinction.”

US-Iranian tension

Al-Kazemi expressed his hope that Iraq would not be “an arena for the American-Iranian conflict,” stressing that the Iraqi government “helps a mechanism for dialogue between them.”

“Everyone should understand Iraq’s special circumstances, the conflict will have regional repercussions,” he said, stressing that the Iraqi government “is talking with the Iranian side about Iraq’s need for stability.”

He added that “Iran is working hard to help Iraq build stability and calm,” explaining, “We need a (state-to-state) relationship with Iran and respect for the privacy of each country.”

anti-terrorism

Regarding efforts to combat terrorism, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, pointed out that “Iraq has security and military cooperation with all neighboring countries,” noting that “the security forces succeeded in arresting dozens of terrorists on the border with Syria.”

He continued, “Protecting the borders with Syria is a top priority and the gaps are very few now,” adding, “ISIS is trying to exploit the circumstances and is looking for media operations, not qualitative ones, and is looking for an incubator without success.”

Arabic depth

Regarding the Arab depth, Al-Kazemi indicated that “Iraq’s relations with Saudi Arabia are very excellent, and Baghdad is in dire need of its Arab brothers.”

He noted that “the Saudi crown prince is a personal friend of his, and he is very happy with his reform efforts in Saudi Arabia,” stressing that his current government seeks to “restore Iraq’s historical role in the region and bring the views of the countries closer.”

Regarding the Iraqi-Egyptian-Jordanian coordination, the Iraqi Prime Minister revealed the existence of a summit, the fifth of its kind, to be held in Cairo, stressing that “coordination with Jordan and Egypt is not a new axis.”

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Al-Kazemi resolves the controversy of his participation in the elections and talks about the withdrawal of the Sadrist movement and its causes

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Today, Sunday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi resolved the controversy over his participation in the upcoming elections, while talking about the withdrawal of the Sadrist movement and its causes.
Al-Kazemi said, in a televised interview, which was followed by (Baghdad Today), that “political corruption spoiled the process of providing services to citizens.”
He added: “We are optimistic about the elections and we hope for wide participation, and we will protect the elections,” calling on activists to “participate strongly and motivate people.”
Al-Kadhimi, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, called for “the Sadrist movement’s participation in the elections,” pointing out that “there are attempts to blame the Sadrist movement for mistakes for which it is not responsible.”
The prime minister added, “My failure to participate in the elections sends a message that the current government is neutral and independent.”
Regarding the electrical connection, Al-Kazemi said: “We are working on the electrical connection with the Gulf countries, and we have been able to complete 85% of it.”
He added, “The electrical system will be protected after providing additional protection,” adding that “the country has been subjected to security and economic collapse as a reason for accepting the task of the prime minister.”
Al-Kazemi indicated that “an Iraqi committee will go to the European Union regarding the smuggled money.”
Regarding the land distribution file, Al-Kazemi explained, “The website for applying for land plots is ready, and we will soon distribute 550,000 plots of land to the poor and employees to solve the housing problem.”
He stressed that “steps to fight corruption will continue, and we must work together to expose the corrupt,” noting that “the white paper needs 5 years to be implemented.”

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BAGHDAD RETAINED PORTION OF 200BN IQD TRANSFER TO REPAY LOAN OWED BY ERBIL: KRG ADVISOR

Rebaz Hamlan, An economic advisor to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (File)

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SULAIMANI — An economic advisor to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said on Sunday (July 18) that Iraq’s federal government transferred 180 billion Iraqi dinars ($123 million) to the Kurdistan Region, not the 200 billion dinars ($137 million) that was announced.

During an appearance on NRT’s Tawtwe interview program, advisor Rebaz Hamlan explained that Baghdad kept 20 billion Iraqi dinars ($13 million) of the expected total and used that to repay a money owed to the Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) by the KRG

He also clarified that last week’s transfer is not the Region’s budget share, but rather a stipend that Baghdad is paying to Erbil.

Hamlan said that the KRG Council of Ministers will meet after Eid al-Adha, which begins on Tuesday, about public sector salaries and could decide to end or reduce unpopular cuts if the government’s income exceeds 897 billion Iraqi dinars ($615 million) per month.

During 2020, the KRG struggled to pay salaries to its public sector workers, missing five monthly disbursements entirely and cutting four others by nearly a quarter. Government employees have had their pay cut by twenty-one percent each month so far this year.

The salary cuts have had a significant effect on the economy of the Kurdistan Region because of the KRG’s role as the Region’s most important employer.

Average household employment income has fallen by a third in the Region since March 2020, according to UN agencies.

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OPEC increases Iraqi oil production by 150,000 barrels per day

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Baghdad, July 18 (Petra) – Iraq announced today, Sunday, that the demand for oil derivatives will grow with the expansion of the openness of the transport sector in the world.
The financial advisor to the Prime Minister, Mazhar Muhammad Salih, said in press statements today, that the discipline of production within (OPEC +) and the growth of global demand for oil with the expansion of the openness of the transport sector in the world will make oil prices in a state of balance and stability until 2022. He added, this comes after The complete removal of the oil glut from the energy markets during the last eight months, which helps in stabilizing the price policy of oil, pointing out that the new agreement adds to the production of (OPEC +) oil countries 1.63 million barrels per day as of May 2022.
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The meeting ended .. OPEC + agreed to raise the production of Iraq and Kuwait and increase the share of the UAE

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Shafaq News/ “Bloomberg” news agency reported on Sunday that the meeting of the OPEC + alliance agreed to increase the UAE’s share to 3.5 million barrels per day, and to raise the production of Iraq and Kuwait by 150 thousand barrels per day, noting that the next meeting will be held in September 2021. 

And she said in her report, that the OPEC + alliance agreed to increase the baseline of the UAE in the agreement to cut production to 3.5 million barrels per day, instead of 3.17 million currently.

It was also agreed to increase the production of Iraq and Kuwait by 150,000 barrels per day, to be based on the new baselines as of May 2022, in addition to extending the agreement to reduce production until the end of next year, and increase production as of next August. 

The meeting of energy ministers of the “OPEC +” alliance began a few minutes after one in the afternoon, Baghdad time, which is held via video technology, chaired by Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.

A representative of one of the coalition countries had revealed to Bloomberg Agency minutes before the start of the meeting that the UAE expects to review its baseline for production cuts to 3.5 million barrels instead of 3.17 million barrels currently, and officials said before the meeting that it will not be held unless the agreement is guaranteed and is expected to be completed The meeting is the Saudi-UAE dispute that has worried oil traders. As the UAE saw that the way its share was calculated was unfair. It opposed an agreement agreed upon by the rest of the coalition countries, which would have added 400,000 barrels per day each month. The brief breakdown of talks sent crude oil to a 6-year high on the New York Stock Exchange, but prices have since fallen to trade just under $72 a barrel last Friday.

Earlier this week, there were signs of progress between Saudi Arabia and the UAE towards a measured agreement that would have given the latter a more generous production quota. And then yesterday, Saturday, ministers from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman met via the Internet to discuss the matter, according to delegates of countries from the “OPEC +” alliance.

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A new statement by the White House on Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s visit to Washington

2021.07.18 – 11:38
A new statement by the White House on Mustafa Al-Kazemi's visit to Washington

Baghdad – people  

On Sunday, the White House announced some of the files that will be presented during the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to Washington, which is scheduled to take place on July 26, 2021.  

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And the US Consulate in Erbil published a statement by White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, followed by “Nass” (July 18, 2021), in which she said: “President Biden looks forward to welcoming Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to the White House on July 26, 2021.”  

And she added, “The Prime Minister’s visit will shed light on the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq, as well as strengthening bilateral cooperation in accordance with the Strategic Framework Agreement.”  

“The visit will also focus on key areas of mutual interest, including through education and health initiatives, as well as culture, energy and climate,” she added.  

She noted that “President Biden also looks forward to strengthening bilateral cooperation with Iraq on political, economic and security issues to include joint efforts to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS.”   

Earlier, the White House announced that US President Joe Biden would receive Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi on July 26 in Washington.  

According to the White House statement, which was monitored by “Nass”, (17 July 2021), this visit will allow “confirmation of the strategic partnership” between the two countries.    

The statement indicated that the US president “also looks forward to strengthening bilateral cooperation with Iraq on political, economic and security issues,” especially “joint efforts to ensure the enduring defeat” of ISIS.    

Hussein Allawi, an advisor to Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, revealed, earlier, that the latter would tour a number of Western countries at a later time, while indicating that he would discuss in Washington the file of the American forces.  

Allawi told the official news agency, “The nature of the discussions that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi will hold during his upcoming visit to the United States will focus on the exit of US forces, with a popular supportive trend for that,” noting that “there is seriousness on the American side in holding bilateral talks.”    

He added that “the Prime Minister is on a tour of a number of Western countries within the framework of his visits, which expanded to brotherly and friendly countries,” noting that “the new tour will be for the benefit of the Iraqi people.”    

He stressed that “strengthening relations with Arab and foreign countries falls within the framework of achieving the people’s interest,” noting that “there is a seriousness on the part of the government to benefit from Arab investment offers, especially the Egyptian, Saudi and Jordanian investment.”    

Allawi added that “the Iraqi people hope that there will be benefit from the comprehensive plans for Arab support and for the benefit of enabling Iraqi-Arab relations, given that the depth of Iraq is Arab.”

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