The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces the countries participating in the “Neighboring Countries Summit”

2021.08.26 – 20:33
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces the countries participating in the “Neighboring Countries Summit”

Baghdad – people   

The Preparatory Committee for the Baghdad Conference announced, on Thursday, the countries and international organizations whose participation in the conference was confirmed, while specifying a reason for not announcing the names of the participating leaders so far.  

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The head of the committee, spokesman for the Baghdad Conference, Nizar Al-Khairallah, said during a dialogue table with a number of media organizations followed by “Nass” (August 26, 2021): “The participating countries are Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, UAE and France, in addition to the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organization of Islamic cooperation.  

He added, “The names of the participating delegations and personalities have not been announced so far. The matter is due to two reasons. The first is the technical circumstances, and the second is the requests of countries not to announce their participation before the Baghdad conference. share”.  

He pointed out that “the participating countries sent large delegations to the conference, and one country participated with 80 personalities, another participated with at least 50, and others the same thing, and the matter is not limited to the participation of media delegations from those countries.”  

And on the extent of the possibility of holding bilateral meetings between the participating countries, especially those who have bilateral differences between Al-Khair God, “The Preparatory Committee’s mission is to provide the appropriate atmosphere for bilateral meetings, and in all regional conferences there is an opportunity for dialogue, and this depends on the countries’ desire to hold such meetings. We believe that the conference is an opportunity to hold those meetings.” The meetings and Iraq will prepare the means available to hold them, if those countries wish.”  

Regarding Iraq’s direct goal in holding the conference, he explained, “We are working to strengthen partnerships and projects with the countries participating in the Baghdad conference. The nature of crises and challenges in the region creates real opportunities for partnership, and this is what we are working on, and we believe that this desire is shared by Iraq and the participating country.”  

He stressed that “the Baghdad conference will be held for one day only, next Saturday, and the participation of the invited countries in the conference represents support for the Iraqi government and the sovereignty and stability of Iraq.”

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Four US soldiers killed in Kabul airport attack

Arabic and internationalAfghanistanAmerican forcesKabul Airport 2021-08-26 13:33A-AA+

Shafaq News/ Sources said that at least four US military personnel were killed in two explosions that occurred at the airport of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Thursday, according to Reuters.

In a separate statement, John Kirby, a spokesman for the US Department of Defense (Pentagon), said that “a number of American soldiers were killed in the attack,” without specifying.

He added, in the statement, that others were wounded, and that “a number of Afghans” were killed and wounded as well.

The US Department of Defense (Pentagon) said today, Thursday, that at least two explosions occurred near the airport of the Afghan capital, Kabul, during massive and chaotic evacuations, which resulted in deaths and injuries, including American soldiers and civilians, in what was described as a “complex attack”.

A Taliban official said that a suspected suicide bombing occurred outside Kabul airport on Thursday, killing at least 13, including children, and wounding many Taliban guards.

A source familiar with the statements in the US Congress on the situation in Afghanistan said Thursday that US officials have a strong belief that ISIS-Khorasan Province, which is against both the United States and the Taliban movement, is responsible for carrying out the attack at Kabul airport.

A surgical hospital, run by an Italian charity, said it had received about 60 patients who were undergoing treatment.

The attack came after the United States and its allies warned of a threat from the Islamic State group and urged Afghans and their citizens to leave the area.

A White House official said US President Joe Biden was briefed on the blast.

An informed source said that Biden was in a meeting with security officials to discuss the situation in Afghanistan when the first news of the explosion arrived.

Washington is in the process of final steps to end its 20-year military presence in Afghanistan.

The United States is racing against time to complete airlifts of Americans and some Afghans from Kabul before a deadline for its full military withdrawal by Aug. 31.

In a warning issued on Wednesday by the US Embassy in Kabul, the United States advised its citizens to avoid going to the Kabul airport, and said those standing at its gates should leave immediately due to unspecified security risks.

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The Iraqi foreign minister explains why Assad was not invited to the Baghdad conference

political| 08:43 – 26/08/2021

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Baghdad – Mawazine News
, Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fouad Hussein, affirmed that “Syria is a controversial issue internationally and regionally, and the Syrian brothers understand our position not to invite Damascus to the meeting to distance differences.”
In a television interview, he said, “The purpose of the Baghdad summit is to ease tension in the region and lead to easing the tension inside Iraq.
He indicated that the Iraqi government expects heads of state, prime ministers and foreign ministers to attend the Baghdad meeting next Saturday.
” From the Baghdad meeting, the tension in the region was reduced, and we played a role in achieving bilateral meetings between Saudi and Iranian delegations.”
He added: “Reducing tension in the region leads to easing the tension inside Iraq.”
Hussein stressed that “
He explained that “Al-Kazemi postponed his visit to Moscow because he was busy preparing for the Baghdad meeting, and we explained the reason to Russian officials.” Ended 29 / h

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Iraqi President: The Baghdad Conference will contribute to easing tensions in the region

Iraqi President Barham Salih
(KUNA)
August 26, 2021
07:12 PM
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Today, Thursday, Iraqi President Barham Salih confirmed that the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership, to be held next Saturday, will contribute to alleviating the tensions and crises surrounding the region and supporting the path of constructive dialogue to that end.

In a statement, the Iraqi presidency quoted Saleh as saying during an extensive meeting with a delegation of Arab and foreign media that “the wide attendance at the conference indicates interest in Iraq and a desire to ensure the security and stability of the country.”

He added that the time has come for the stability of the region after decades of conflicts and crises, stressing the need to build a new system based on basic principles such as joint security and economic and commercial interdependence among the countries of the region.

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He pointed out that “Iraq is a pivotal country in the region, and its balanced relations with everyone and its geographical location make it an active element in the dialogue and an arena for the convergence of regional interests.”

And he indicated that the persistent crises in the region are due to the collapse of its security and cooperation system due to wars and conflicts and the absence of Iraq from its natural role, pointing out that Iraq’s return to its role through a state capable of full sovereignty will be a foundation for regional security and stability.

Saleh explained that after a long time in which Iraq suffered from crises, disasters, wars, tyranny and terrorism and became an arena for settling the accounts of others, it was time to move beyond the previous stage and work to establish the pillars of regional stability by focusing on the many commonalities that bring the region together and the common challenges it faces together.

The Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership will be held next Saturday with the participation of nine countries, including Kuwait, and representatives of a number of international organizations.

And the day before yesterday, Kuwaiti Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah announced that His Highness, the Amir of the country, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, may God protect him, had assigned His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to participate in the regional conference to support Iraq with the aim of supporting The constitutional process in Iraq and its support in facing the challenges it faces and support for efforts to promote stability, development, reconstruction and combating terrorism and extremism.

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The Minister of Finance reveals to Shafak News the size of Iraq’s debts: We have reached the end of the green light

economybreakingMinistry of FinanceAli AllawiIraq’s debts 2021-08-26 13:03A-AA+

Shafaq News/ On Thursday, Finance Minister Ali Abdul Amir Allawi revealed the size of Iraq’s external and internal debts, warning that the country has reached the end of the green light regarding the size of its debts.

Allawi said in response to a question to Shafaq News Agency, “One of the good aspects of our foreign debt is that most of it belongs to governmental or international institutions and is long-term, and the interest is relatively good.”

And he indicated that “foreign debts amount to 50 billion dollars, and increase and decrease according to repayment, with the exception of bonds amounting to approximately 3 billion dollars, of which one billion dollars will be repaid after 3 months.”

And the Minister of Finance continued, “The other debts are linked to the restructuring of Iraq’s previous debts with the so-called Paris Club,” adding, “We will soon reach the last stages of repaying these debts.” 

The Paris Club, a grouping of countries and international financial institutions, was founded in the fifties of the last century, and its function is to provide financial loans to spare countries and entities the risk of bankruptcy.

And a number of countries affiliated with the Paris Club decided in 2004 to write off 80 percent of their debts owed by Iraq since the nineties of the last century.

As for the internal debt, Allawi said that “the internal debt amounted to 75 trillion dinars,” noting that “the last year witnessed a significant increase in the size of the Interior Office as a result of the collapse of oil prices and the need to borrow to fill the deficit in salaries and the budget in general.”

The Minister of Finance considered that “the external and internal debts are reasonable and amount to 80 percent of the national income, but we have reached the last green light and we have not yet reached the yellow light, and we are very careful to enter into other external obligations.”

Allawi pointed out that “internal obligations require more discipline from the state, because when the state borrows locally from the central bank, government banks or the people, our obligations cannot be mocked.”

He explained that “what happened in the last budget, the parliament omitted the payment of interests and installments on most of the internal debts, and this is not possible because it will lose confidence in the ministry and the state regarding paying the interest on time, especially as we are in the process of issuing new bonds. This matter must be adhered to and to restore confidence to the Ministry of Finance and the State when it borrows.” locally”.

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Expose the reason for not announcing the names of the personalities participating in the Baghdad conference

political| 08:32 – 26/08/2021

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Baghdad – Mawazine News
The Preparatory Committee for the Baghdad Conference revealed today, Thursday, the countries and international organizations whose participation in the conference was confirmed, and while it identified a reason for not announcing the participating leaders so far, it confirmed that Iraq is working on investing it to enhance cooperation with the participating countries
. Baghdad, Nizar Al-Khairallah, during a dialogue table with a number of media organizations, said that “the participating countries are Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, the UAE and France, in addition to the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.”
He added, “The names of the participating delegations and personalities have not been announced so far. The matter is due to two reasons, the first is the technical conditions, and the second is the requests of countries not to announce their participation before the Baghdad conference. There are requirements that we will take into account in this aspect, and there are also no concerns that prevent the announcement of the names of leaders and participating countries.”
He pointed out that “the participating countries sent large delegations to the conference, and one of the countries participated with 80 personalities, another participated with at least fifty, and others did the same, and the matter is not limited to the participation of media delegations from those countries.”
In response to a question regarding the possibility of holding bilateral meetings between the participating countries, especially those who have bilateral differences between Al-Khair God, “The Preparatory Committee’s mission is to provide the appropriate atmosphere for bilateral meetings, and in all regional conferences there is an opportunity for dialogue and this depends on the desire of the countries to hold such meetings. We believe that the conference An opportunity to hold these meetings, and Iraq will prepare the means available to hold them, if those countries wish.”
And about Iraq’s direct goal in holding the conference, he clarified.
He stressed that “the Baghdad conference will be held for one day only, next Saturday, and the participation of the invited countries in the conference represents support for the Iraqi government and the sovereignty and stability of Iraq.” finished 29/h

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The Iraqi Finance Minister supports the floating of the currency

economyAli Allawithe currencyfloat 2021-08-26 11:53A-AA+

Shafaq News/ Finance Minister Ali Abdul Amir Allawi confirmed on Thursday that he supports floating the currency in a flexible manner.

Allawi said in response to a question by Shafaq News Agency, “The Iraqi currency is floating, but the central bank intervenes from time to time until it places it within a certain bar, for example, plus minus 5 percent.”

He added, “Personally, for me, the best kind of flotation is flexibility in pricing so that the price is not sacred as it was before when it entered people’s minds without change, and thus economic problems accumulate and explode.”

The Minister of Finance continued by saying, “There must be some kind of flexibility; it is not the flexibility with which you lose control over it, but the flexibility that stabilizes the price and setting a range of 2 to 3 percent for both parties.” 

Allawi pointed out that “the central bank’s policy is to maintain this price and put the gap between the official price and the market at an acceptable level,” noting that “it has also proven that the stability of the exchange rate is important except in the case of economic indicators that push you towards change.”

Floating the currency is fully or partially liberalizing the currency exchange rate so that the government or the central bank does not interfere in determining it directly, but rather it is automatically released in the currency market through the supply and demand mechanism that allows determining the exchange rate of the national currency against foreign currencies.

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Finance Minister: Nearly 200 billion dollars were smuggled out of Iraq

political| 03:13 – 26/08/2021

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Baghdad – Mawazine News
, Minister of Finance, Ali Allawi, confirmed that nearly 200 billion dollars were smuggled out of Iraq due to corruption.
Allawi said in an interview with a number of media outlets, “Approximately 200 billion dollars were smuggled out of Iraq due to corruption operations,” explaining that “it is not easy to recover these funds and we have started dialogue with neighboring countries that received our money.”
He stressed that “about 20 billion dollars evaporated from the smuggled Iraqi money in the banks of the countries.”
He added that “the insurance sector in Iraq is truly profitable and we want to move it,” noting that “the 30% increase in state costs is caused by the increase in the number of employees, their salaries and incentives.”
And he indicated that “the foreign debt is about 50 billion dollars,” noting that “the debts of the Paris Club have become few after Iraq paid a lot of them.”
Allawi warned, “against entering into any external obligations related to debt,” stressing, “We are in the process of issuing bonds, and the Iraqis will not buy them without a guarantee that the interests will be paid to them, and this is their right.” Ended 29 / h

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Al-Kazemi: Iraq has begun to take its historical role to be one of the pillars of peace in the region

2021/08/26 15:15

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The obelisk publishes, Thursday, August 26, 2021, the most prominent statement of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi during his meeting with Arab and foreign media delegations on the occasion of the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership:

🔵 We welcome you in Baghdad of peace, and in Iraq of meeting, cooperation and partnership, and we are preparing to hold the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership, which will start its work next Saturday, and it is an important event not only for Iraq, but for the whole region.

🔵 There are many challenges that we suffer from in the region, and we all have to cooperate and unite in solving them, and cross towards creating economic and social integration among the peoples of the region.

🔵 We look forward to this meeting, and the resulting support for Iraq’s historical role in establishing peace.

🔵 This conference embodies Iraq’s vision of the need to establish the best relations with its surroundings and with the countries of the world.

🔵 Iraq began to take its historical role, to be one of the pillars of peace in the region.

🔵 Iraq can create a bridge of communication, cooperation and comprehensive integration, with all countries in the region.

🔵 Enough wars, conflicts and disputes.. Iraq calls on all countries in the region to build peace on the basis of integration among the peoples of the region.

🔵 There are great opportunities in Iraq in which the countries of the region can cooperate and contribute, creating a new space for all the peoples of the region; To build peace and stability for her.

🔵 We are heading to fateful and decisive elections in a month and a half, which will strengthen the democratic path in the country.

🔵 We have worked for about a year and two months at various levels to reform the economic, security and political tracks in the country.

🔵 We succeeded in achieving great goals, and we are still going and committed to building an effective, stable and sustainable state.

In all of this, we look forward to regional cooperation with all the countries of the region.

🔵 It is reliable, dear media people, to convey a true picture that reflects the positives and achievements of your country, Iraq, and its diversity on various levels, to the world.

🔵 You are always influential, and what you will convey will help this ancient country to rise again, in order to regain its historic role that extends to seven thousand years.

Media Office of the Prime Minister
26 – August – 2021

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