In support of energy and economy.. strategic agreements between Iraq and Jordan and expectations to increase them

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Shafaq News / Iraq and Jordan are countries that differ in their ingredients, and they share strategic agreements at various levels, most notably the field of energy (oil and electricity) and the economy, in addition to other agreements.

The Iraqi ambassador to Jordan, Haider Al-Adhari, confirmed, on Wednesday, that “the opening of the land road took place after it was closed for more than a year and a half, due to the procedures of the Corona pandemic, and after the improvement that occurred and openness in all sectors, and based on the appeals of the Iraqi community wishing to use the land road.” In addition to the appeals of the travel car drivers, which prompted communication with the concerned Jordanian authorities, and a decision was taken to open the crossing (Trabil – Al-Karamah) to allow Iraqis to travel by land with their personal cars.

Al-Adhari told Shafaq News Agency, “An approval was obtained to allow travel car drivers to work on the (Baghdad – Amman) road, which facilitated the travel of the Iraqi community and finding job opportunities for travel car drivers, after a hiatus that lasted for more than a year.”

Regarding the export of Iraqi oil to Jordan, Al-Adhari said, “A preliminary agreement was signed between Iraq and Jordan, on 9/4/2019, to transport Iraqi oil to Jordan at the rate of ten thousand barrels per day, via the land route, and the second agreement was extended with the approval of the two Iraqi governments.” and Jordan on 9/9/2021.

The Jordanian Minister of Energy, Saleh Al-Kharabsheh, had stated yesterday that Jordan’s imports of Iraqi oil amounted, during the period from September 9, 2021 to the current November 26, about 840 thousand barrels, or an average of 9,700 barrels per day, which reflects the development and prosperity of Iraqi-Jordanian relations on the All levels.

Regarding the electrical connection project, the Iraqi diplomat pointed out that “one of the outcomes of the tripartite Amman summit held in August 2020, and the tripartite Baghdad summit held last June, is the implementation of strategic projects, including the electrical linkage project between Jordan and Iraq, and after meetings and meetings It was held in Baghdad and Amman between officials from the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity and the Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, an agreement was signed between the two countries, through which the western region of Iraq will be supplied with Jordanian electricity, and work on the project has begun and is expected to be completed in the last half of next year.

He pointed out that “the political will of the leadership of the two countries and the real desire to create Iraqi-Jordanian integration on the one hand, and Iraqi-Jordanian-Egyptian integration on the other, was behind working seriously to implement integrated strategic projects that benefit the peoples of the three brotherly countries.”

On the possibility of signing other agreements between Iraq and Jordan, Al-Adari noted that “there are other projects that are being worked on between the two brotherly countries, namely the Basra-Aqaba oil pipeline, and the establishment of the border industrial zone between Iraq and Jordan.”

And he indicated that “the role of the Iraqi embassy in Amman is to translate Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s directives regarding the development of bilateral relations between two brotherly countries that share a history dating back a hundred years since the establishment of the Jordanian state and the modern Iraqi state in 1921.”

For his part, the mayor of Al-Rutba district, far west of the Iraqi Anbar province, and the border with Jordan, Imad Al-Dulaimi, said that “the strategic projects that were agreed upon between the two countries, began to bear fruit, but slowly, and not as we had hoped for, because strategic agreements take time. in order to integrate.

Al-Dulaimi explained, during his speech to Shafaq News Agency, that “the agreement on trade exchange between Iraq and Jordan is related to the stability of the security situation and according to the laws legislated between the two countries.”

Al-Dulaimi confirmed, “The agreement to export Iraqi oil to Jordan is progressing in full swing, with Iraqi and Jordanian wheels, after the Iraqi wheels were allowed to enter Jordan, and the Jordanian wheels are allowed to reach the Baiji refinery, and it is hoped that the loading will take place in the future, from the download station.

He added, “With regard to the electrical connection agreement, studies and preparation of plans and GBS points are now underway for the power line between the Risha station in Jordan, to Al-Rutbah, then Al-Qaim district, and even to the crutch station, and this is what was agreed upon between the two countries, and it is hoped to complete the works and launch the electric current During the tenth month of next year 2022, and if the project is completed, Al-Rutba will be supplied with national electricity for the first time in six years.”

Al-Dulaimi pointed out that “one of the most important projects that it is hoped to implement between the two countries, which contribute to saving the city of Rutba and have a significant positive impact on the whole country, is the delivery of electric current to the industrial city in the Trebil region, which will have a power transmission station.”

He continued: “The Trebil Industrial Zone is one of the most important free industrial zones, serving Iraq, Jordan and other countries interested in this field, and its achievement is reflected in the economic and commercial situation in Anbar and the whole of Iraq.”

For his part, the researcher in Iraqi political affairs, Ziad Al-Arar, said that “the agreements that Iraq made with Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and others that are expected to be with other countries, including Syria, come from Iraq’s urgent need for these countries, to have a clear outlet. and open to the sea.

Al-Arar told Shafaq News Agency, “There is a need by these countries to Iraq, as they have capabilities and companies looking for a large market like Iraq, in order to dispose of their investments and for the work of their companies.”

He added that “there is a great benefit to Iraq and these countries that we mentioned above, and all the agreements that were made between these parties will bring an economic return on Iraq and these countries.”

Al-Arar indicated that “talking about the economic reality takes a new vision in the political issue, since the economy is the main factor in the political, and even security, reality. When the economy is booming and the country is stable and the unemployment rate is low, this will reflect positively on those levels.”

Najaf’s veto and Al-Kazemi’s fortunes are on the table… the winning forces start the government formation marathon

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Shafaq News / The Sadrist bloc led by Muqtada al-Sadr started a new round of serious dialogues with the winning forces with the highest number of parliamentary seats in the elections that took place on the tenth of last October, to agree on forming the government and defining its features after the official hierarchy of the winning forces was confirmed according to the results. Final announced by the Electoral Commission.

Dialogues and understandings

A private source told Shafaq News Agency, “The Sadrist bloc (73 seats) has started its serious negotiation round with the other winning forces, the Alliance of Progress (37 seats), and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (31 seats) to form the next government.”

The source added, “The Electoral Commission’s announcement of the final results was a declaration to start dialogues and understandings regarding the formation of the next government,” noting that “the Sadrist bloc has officially started its dialogues with the Progress Alliance, and similar dialogues with the Kurdistan Democratic Party will follow, and the State of Law coalition may join them after an agreement The two sides agree on the mechanism of dialogue or understandings within the ceiling or determinants of the next state.

He continued, “Those dialogues are taking place in complete secrecy without being officially announced, until the Federal Court ratifies the results, which may be issued within a few days,” noting that “the objection to the election results was satisfied this time with the escalatory statement and they will wait for the approval of the results.”

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Regarding the uniqueness of the parties to the coordination framework (each separately) with statements denouncing the work of the Electoral Commission and challenging the final results, the source pointed out, “The leaders of the framework granted the forces affiliated with it freedom of movement or freedom from the constraints of the alliance or framework and in proportion to their electoral entitlement, their weight in the street and their space within the political map for the country.”


Regarding the possibility of renewing the mandate of the caretaker prime minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, the source said, “It is very possible to restore confidence in Al-Kazemi, as his fortunes have risen a lot during the past days after he dealt with impartiality and high courtesy with the demonstrators or sit-ins at the entrances to the green.”

He noted that “his failed assassination, in addition to revealing the results of the investigations, albeit a formality, holding the elections on time and announcing the preliminary and final results within a short time frame, all of these matters increased his chances and were calculated in his favour.”

Veto Najaf

And the source added: “There is a veto from Najaf on all previous governments and prevents them from re-acquiring power, but if the person (Al-Kazemi) is agreed politically, Najaf will not mind that because it seeks to pass the crisis peacefully as it is not a political party, especially if the forces of A politician who did not reap the expected number of seats, on gains that guarantee her permanence.

He added, “Najaf seeks and desires to find or form a government of services to improve the service situation of the country, and whoever adopts the next prime minister will be the biggest loser, as it is deducted from his share in the sovereign ministries.”

Regarding the dispersal of the sit-ins by supporters of the forces rejecting the election results, the source said: “If these forces do not obtain ministries that correspond to their ambitions, there will inevitably be an escalation and vice versa.”

Yesterday, Tuesday, the commission announced the final results of the elections, as the Sadrist bloc topped the results by obtaining 73 seats, while the “Progress” coalition led by Muhammad al-Halbousi won 37 seats, and the State of Law coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki won 33 seats.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party won 31 seats, while the Al-Fateh Alliance led by the Secretary-General of Badr Organization Hadi al-Amiri and the Kurdistan Alliance won 17 seats.

In the presence of Al-Maliki.. a dinner banquet gathering Al-Sadr in the coordination framework in Baghdad

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Shafaq News / The house of the head of the Al-Fateh Alliance Hadi Al-Amiri is scheduled to witness tomorrow, a meeting that brings together the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr, with the coordinating framework that brings together the Shiite forces objecting to the election results.

An informed political source told Shafaq News Agency, “The meeting will be held in Baghdad, in the presence of the leader of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki.”

The source added, “The session will consist of a dinner devoted to reconciling the two parties after a long dispute. It is hoped that the two parties will shake hands and take pictures between them, to quench the heated atmosphere.”

Yesterday, Tuesday, the commission announced the final results of the elections, as the Sadrist bloc topped the results by obtaining 73 seats, while the “Progress” coalition led by Muhammad al-Halbousi won 37 seats, and the State of Law coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki won 33 seats.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party won 31 seats, while the Al-Fateh Alliance led by the Secretary-General of Badr Organization Hadi al-Amiri and the Kurdistan Alliance won 17 seats.

The Sadrist bloc, led by Muqtada al-Sadr, began a new round of serious dialogues with the forces that won the highest number of parliamentary seats in the elections that took place on the tenth of last October, to agree on the formation of the government and define its features after the official hierarchy of the winning forces was confirmed according to the final results announced by the before the Electoral Commission.

Officially announcing the “end of the American war on Iraq”… an opportunity that Biden may take advantage of

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Shafak News / It is an opportunity that seems more appropriate than before, for US President Joe Biden, to announce an “official end to the war on Iraq”, declared nearly 20 years ago, especially since American lawmakers are also studying the Congress’ decision to “cancel” the “authorization for the use of military force”.

Biden had announced his support for this repeal, and a White House statement said a few days ago that the US administration “supports repealing the Authorization for the Use of Military Force of 2002, as the United States has no ongoing military activity that relies solely on this authorization, and it is likely to be to repeal this authorization.” The law has little effect on current military operations.”

Since Biden took office, his administration has mostly based his position as commander-in-chief under Article Two of the constitution, rather than a 2002 mandate, to justify repeated strikes on Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria.

The American newspaper, “Washington Post”, shed light on what it described as “the opportunity”, in a report translated by Shafak News Agency, stating that “Joe Biden may get a chance to officially end the war in Iraq.”

And the American newspaper stated, “Biden could be in a position to rescind the measure taken by the US Congress two decades ago that provided the legal rationale for the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the (authorization for the use of military force) adopted by American lawmakers. In October 2002.”

And she considered that “if the file is placed on the office of the American president, it will be the first time since the September 11 attacks that the president may take concrete steps to curb the powers of the executive authority related to waging war, and not expand it.”

The newspaper added, “Senate Republicans have postponed the final vote on (the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act),” which the newspaper described as “a way to revoke the authorization of the use of military force.”

The newspaper added that the “National Defense Authorization Act” is generally considered legislation that must be passed Parliament, which means that it is likely to find its way through Congress to Biden’s office sooner or later.

She pointed out that “the two mandates of 2002 and 1991 on the use of force allowed military action against Saddam Hussein’s regime, and they are still on the table despite his execution in 2007.”

While Democrats support repeal, Republicans argue that it would “weaken the authorities that support the presence of the US military and the resilience of military operations.”

The government of Iraq prepares the 2022 budget on the basis of 50 dollars per barrel of oil

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Today, Wednesday, Adviser to the Iraqi Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Mazhar Muhammad Salih, revealed the preparation of a budget that he described as “precautionary” for the year 2022, indicating that the new budget may depend on borrowing. 

Saleh said in an interview with the official “Al-Sabah” newspaper, “The draft budget for next year is ready, and for the first time it contains a plan for investment projects that is clear and built for a period of three years, and each of these three years includes allocations so that there is no commitment and delay,” revealing that the 2022 budget It was built on the basis of an oil price of $50 a barrel, despite the fact that current oil prices are over $80 a barrel.” null

He pointed out that “the government adopts this price as a precaution, because Iraq is a rentier country and lives on oil that is mortgaged at world market prices,” noting that this procedure will create a hypothetical, and not real, deficit, meaning that if there is a surplus of oil, it will cover budget obligations, If this is not achieved, the state will borrow. 

He pointed out that “the possibility of borrowing has existed in all Iraq’s budgets since 2004 and until today as a precautionary part with a hypothetical deficit, due to the previous and current financial management law, which requires the financial authorities not to go to an increase in oil prices,” adding that “the borrowing is placed in the budget for necessity, as it was.” In the 2021 budget, which contained 29 trillion dinars (more than 19 billion dollars), but there were practically no borrowings.” Arab economy

He went on to say: “If there is permissible borrowing, called financial space, it does not affect financial sustainability in the future,” explaining that “the borrowing in the budget is internal and external, but the government resorts to the internal for its ease and low risk.” 

The economic advisor to the Iraqi Prime Minister ruled out the possibility of the impact of the new mutagen “Omicron” on the economy in general, indicating that the new mutagen may reduce oil prices, but there will be no complete closures, as happened previously for the global economy, because the world adopted the closure in advance, and great losses occurred. . 

The Iraqi budget depends more than 90% on oil sales, which were affected last year by the Corona pandemic, which prompted Iraq to move towards borrowing to bridge the budget deficit. 

The Chairman of the Ministerial Council for Energy, Minister of Oil, Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar, stressed the need to implement long-term projects in the field of energy, stressing in a statement the importance of energy in supporting the national economy and ensuring the rights of future generations. 

He called for the completion of the “sovereign fund” project, explaining that this fund can achieve justice in the distribution of revenues from oil and gas, and how to invest and develop them through promising programs and projects, and clear plans commensurate with the great development in the world.

Sources reveal an upcoming meeting between the leader of the Sadrist movement and the forces of the coordination framework

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Baghdad / Obelisk: Informed sources revealed, on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, an expected meeting between the leader of the Sadrist movement and the forces of the coordination framework.

The sources said that the meeting will discuss the results of the elections, and a way out of the crisis towards forming a government.

On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, the head of the Iraqi Radio and Television Union, Mr. Hamid Al-Husseini, suggested a future consensus between the coordination framework and the Sadrists.

He said that this consensus will be soon.

The Sadrist bloc topped the results of the Iraqi legislative elections that took place on the tenth of October and was marred by accusations of fraud by political forces.

The final results came as expected when the Independent High Electoral Commission announced them on Tuesday, after counting and sorting for a number of electoral stations.

“There is a change in one seat” in five governorates, compared to the preliminary results announced on the eighth of this month, Commission Chairman Judge Jalil Adnan said during a press conference.

He revealed that the voter turnout reached 44%, and the number of participating voters exceeded nine million and 600 thousand voters.


Commission: The names of the winners of the seats in the House of Representatives will be sent today to the Federal Court



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The Independent High Electoral Commission has set, today, Wednesday, the date for sending the names of the winners of the seats in the House of Representatives to the Federal Court for approval, while noting that all complaints submitted to the Federal Court are related to technical issues.
Imad Jamil, a member of the media team of the Commission, said, in a statement, that “the names of the winners of the seats in the House of Representatives will be sent today to the Federal Court for approval,” noting that “there is no specific time period for approving the submitted appeals.”
He added, “The complaints submitted to the Federal Court are about the coordination framework and the examining company, about the delay in results, and about tapes of stations, as well as invalid papers and equipment failure, all of which are technical issues.”
He continued, “There are other appeals or complaints about the women’s quota, as some of the women’s quota believe that the enforced winners are not included in the women’s quota, and the quota is except for the eligible and the winners of votes.”
He pointed out that “the Federal Court sent those complaints to the Commission, where they were answered by the competent technical committees, and returned to the Federal Court.”

The Sadrist movement reveals its next step to announce the results

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Shafaq News/ The Sadrist movement, led by Muqtada al-Sadr, revealed on Wednesday its step in the next stage after the Electoral Commission announced the final results of the early parliamentary elections.

The leader in the movement, Issam Hussein, told Shafak News Agency, “The next stage will be with a new political industry with a national or political majority, and the government will be easily formed after the election results are approved.”

He added that “there is a great response from the political blocs in this regard, as well as the Iraqi people, who categorically reject consensus with a bad history.”

Hussein pointed out that “some political parties are working, by submitting some cases to the Federal Supreme Court, to disrupt or delay the ratification of the results of the early parliamentary elections.”

He considered that those parties “want to play on the chord of time, in order to re-establish a consensual government, and this matter we completely reject and cannot be accepted.” 

Yesterday, Tuesday, the commission announced the final results of the elections, as the Sadrist bloc topped the results by obtaining 73 seats, while the “Progress” coalition led by Muhammad al-Halbousi won 37 seats, and the State of Law coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki won 33 seats.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party won 31 seats, while the Al-Fateh Alliance led by the Secretary-General of Badr Organization Hadi al-Amiri and the Kurdistan Alliance won 17 seats.