Iraqi Prime Minster Mustafa al-Kadhimi (file)



SULAIMANI — Iraqi Prime Minster Mustafa al-Kadhimi told NRT on Thursday (September 2) that the federal government will continue to send monthly transfers of 200 billion Iraqi dinars ($137 million) to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) until after the October 10 parliamentary elections and the formation of the new government.

Two transfers have been made so far, which the KRG says has allowed it to make full salary payments to public servants for the first time since early 2020.

The failure of the KRG to pay salaries was the source of major public frustration.

The transfers are not part of the 2021 Federal Budget Law, which has still not been fully implemented with regard to the Kurdistan Region, but is the result of a political deal between Kadhimi and KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani.

“There is negligence on both sides and there is a need for a quick solution,” Kadhimi said in response to a question from an NRT reporter.

Regarding electoral preparations, Kadhimi said that the government has allocated special funds to ensure that voting runs smoothly, enabling free and fair elections.

(NRT Digital Media)


The US State Department: We will remain militarily in Iraq until the elimination of ISIS


IraqAhmed Arafa wroteFriday, September 03, 2021 12:06 AM

US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker said: We will remain militarily in Iraq until the elimination of ISIS, according to urgent news broadcast by Al-Arabiya TV a short time ago.null

The US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs added: We will assist the Iraqi security forces and the Peshmerga in fighting terrorism. And the US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs continued: We look forward to holding the Iraqi elections on time and for a reform government to be produced. And earlier, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood confirmed that the Afghanistan scenario will not be repeated in Iraq and Syria, and that the American forces will not withdraw from there, and Hood explained in an interview with Al-Hurra channel that the American forces are in Syria to fight ISIS and not to fight the Assad regime. . He noted that the United States is working with the international community to change Assad’s behavior.

Oil rises thanks to hopes of economic recovery and the decline of the dollar

Economie| 09:10 – 02/09/2021


Follow – Mawazine News

Oil prices rose by more than a dollar a barrel on Thursday, supported by a state of optimism about the pace of global economic growth despite the Corona pandemic, as well as due to the decline in US crude stocks.
Brent crude rose $1.78, or 2.5 percent, to $73.37 a barrel by 1543 GMT. US West Texas Intermediate crude rose $1.92, or 2.8 percent, to $70.51 a barrel.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, while the layoff rate in August fell to its lowest level in more than 24 years, indicating labor market activity despite new Covid-19 infections.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allied producers, including Russia, a cartel known as OPEC+, raised demand forecasts for 2022, in a sign of optimism about the global economic recovery.
And “OPEC +” agreed yesterday, Wednesday, to continue the policy of phasing out record production cuts by adding 400,000 barrels per day each month to the market.
But “OPEC +” raised its demand forecast in 2022 while also facing pressure to accelerate production increases from the administration of US President Joe Biden, which said it was “happy” that the group reaffirmed its commitment to increasing supplies.
And the US Energy Information Administration said yesterday that US crude stocks fell by 7.2 million barrels, and that supplies of oil products provided by refiners increased to a record level, despite the increase in Corona virus infections across the country.

PM al-Kadhimi calls on Iraqi media to encourage citizens to participate in the elections

 2021-09-02 16:03:34

Shafaq News/ Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi called on media to encourage citizens to participate in the parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on the tenth of next October.

Al-Kadhimi’s media office said in a statement that the latter met today with managers in Iraqi news channels, and urged them to raise awareness and educate citizens about the importance of participating in the elections.

During the meeting, Al-Kadhimi stressed the need for TV channels to dedicate more screen time for this matter. 

According to the statement, the parties discussed several files, the most prominent of which was the Baghdad Conference’s success, and its pivotal role in strengthening Iraq’s position.

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Al-Kazemi urges the media to educate citizens about the high turnout in the elections

political| 05:46 – 02/09/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News
, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi met on Thursday with a number of news managers in Iraqi news channels.
During the meeting, Al-Kazemi urged the media in Iraq, as well as social activities, to actively participate in the field of awareness and education, towards a wide turnout in the upcoming elections.
He stressed the importance of satellite channels devoting more space to this aspect. Because it has a significant impact on the future of the country.
During the meeting, many files were discussed, the most important of which was the success achieved in the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership, and its investment in strengthening Iraq’s position and serving our people.

An Iraqi-Saudi agreement in the field of transport

local| 02:42 – 02/09/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News
, Thursday, Iraq and Saudi Arabia signed a joint cooperation agreement in the field of maritime transport to strengthen relations between the two countries at the strategic level and open new horizons for cooperation in various fields.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said that “the agreement, which was signed on the sidelines of the meeting of the Transport, Border Ports and Ports Committee of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council, aims to support the maritime transport sector between the two countries.”
The agency added that “the agreement includes the development and development of commercial marine navigation and seeking to increase the traffic of commercial ships to transport passengers and goods, support and encourage trade exchange, facilitate the requirements and procedures for access to the ports of the two countries, and enhance the exchange of experiences and technologies between companies, institutions and maritime institutes in this field.”
The agreement also includes the treatment of ships of the two countries with regard to access to, stay and departure from their ports, as well as in cases of maritime emergencies and accidents in their territorial waters.
The agreement aims to provide facilities to shipping companies, their ships and crews, in addition to mutual recognition of the documents of ships and sailors of the two countries and coordinating their positions in international maritime conferences. Ended 29/A43

Revealing the details of the parliamentary talks between Iraq and Jordan

political| 03:07 – 02/09/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News
, Parliament Speaker Muhammad Al-Halbousi received today, Thursday, his Jordanian counterpart Abdel Moneim Al-Awdat and his accompanying delegation at the parliament building.
A statement by Al-Halbousi’s office stated that discussions were held at the headquarters of the Iraqi parliament on ways to enhance bilateral relations, parliamentary diplomacy, and joint cooperation and coordination between the two parliaments.
Al-Halbousi welcomed the visiting delegation, pointing to the depth of the brotherly relations between the two countries, stressing the importance of strengthening the bonds of cooperation, in order to move forward with practical steps that will be reflected in the reality of the two brotherly peoples.
He added that the House of Representatives supports the outcomes of the tripartite summit and bilateral agreements between the two countries, pointing to the need to facilitate investment procedures and protect investors in both countries. His Excellency also valued the Kingdom’s and King Abdullah II’s support for Iraq in facing challenges, consolidating bilateral work ties, and cooperating in all fields.
The Speaker of the Jordanian House of Representatives stressed the importance of establishing a new phase and formulating cooperation between the two parliaments, noting that this visit and the successive visits of His Majesty King Abdullah II are for the official confirmation that Iraq and Jordan constitute a strategic depth for each other, and that Iraq’s security is an integral part of Jordan’s security, and that The region does not enjoy stability without the stability of Iraq.
He added that Iraq presented a heroic model in its war against terrorism in the name of all of us, and that we are proud of the victory it has achieved at all levels, and that the position of His Majesty the King and the Jordanian people was, is, and will remain supportive of a stable and united Iraq. He also affirmed the Kingdom’s support for the democratic process in Iraq and the holding of early parliamentary elections. coming.
The discussions emphasized the importance of the relevant permanent committees in both chambers to communicate, to overcome obstacles that could stand in the way of the outcomes of the tripartite summit.

Iraq sets the date for fulfilling the compensation for the Kuwait war, and reveals the size of the remaining amount

political| 01:47 – 02/09/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News,
the financial advisor to the Prime Minister, Mazhar Muhammad Salih, expected, on Thursday, that his country would pay compensation for the Kuwait war by the end of the first quarter of next year, which the United Nations estimated at about 52 billion dollars.
Saleh explained, in a statement reported by “Sputnik”, and followed by “Mawazine News”, that “the process of deducting a percentage of the value of each barrel of Iraqi oil exported as compensation for the Kuwait war began since 1996, and the rate of deduction for compensation at that time was about 30% of the revenue of each barrel of oil.” Source through the Memorandum of Understanding called Oil for Food.
He added: “The percentage of deductions then decreased to 5% under Security Council Resolution 1483 in March 2003, and then stopped temporarily between 2015-2017 due to the war on ISIS terrorism and the financial crisis as an aid to the Iraqi economy.”
The Iraqi advisor also pointed out that “Kuwait gradually resumed the deduction again in 2018, between 0.5% and 1%, then 3% currently on the return on each barrel of oil, so that the net return after deduction is deposited in the account of the Government of the Republic of Iraq at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.
” He added, “The total compensation for the Kuwait war, according to Security Council resolutions and estimates of the United Nations Compensation Committee, is estimated at $52 billion,” noting that “the remaining amount may be less than one billion dollars only.
” Full at the end of the first quarter of next year, according to the development of oil prices in the global market and the amount of deductible oil revenues achieved.
Under United Nations resolutions issued after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the UN Security Council obligated Iraq to pay 5% of its revenues from the sale of its oil, until Kuwait fulfills its right of compensation it demands as a result of the losses incurred to its infrastructure during the invasion, especially in the oil sector and the environment.
After the US invasion that toppled the former Iraqi regime in 2003, Baghdad demanded to cancel the compensation received by the United Nations Compensation Commission, but Kuwait refused the request. Ended 29/A43