A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government to Baghdad tomorrow, Monday



Negotiating delegation – archive

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 2022-06-05 15:47A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Kurdistan Regional Government announced today, Sunday, that it has decided to send a negotiating delegation to Baghdad to maintain dialogues with the federal government in order to guarantee the constitutional rights of the region.

A statement by the Government’s Information and Information Department, received by Shafak News Agency, stated that with the aim of perpetuating the dialogues between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government and in order to guarantee the constitutional rights of the people of the region, a delegation from the regional government will go to Baghdad, including both the Minister of the Region for Negotiations With the federal government, Khaled Shwani, Head of the Cabinet Office of the Regional Council of Ministers, Omid Sabah, Head of the Coordination and Follow-up Department, Abdul Hakim Khusraw, and Head of the Office of Financial Supervision in the Region, Khal Hadi Jawishli.

This comes a short time after the regional government confirmed that the federal government had reduced its financial obligations to the region on a monthly basis.

Baghdad used to pay 453 billion Iraqi dinars per month (about $380 million) as salaries to the employees of the Kurdistan Region, but it stopped them after the region conducted the independence referendum on its part, and because of what Baghdad said that the region was not committed to handing over its oil according to the terms of the federal budget.

After several rounds of political negotiations, the region was obligated, according to an agreement with the government in Baghdad, to hand over 250 thousand crude barrels per day of crude oil produced from its fields to the state-owned company SOMO, and hand over the revenues to the federal public treasury.

But the oil and financial dispute returned to the scene of the outstanding issues between Baghdad and Erbil, after the Federal Supreme Court declared on February 15 that the oil and gas law of the Kurdistan Regional Government was unconstitutional and abolished, and obligating the regional government to hand over all oil production from oil fields in the region and other regions that the Ministry of The natural resources in the Kurdistan government by extracting oil from them and handing them over to the federal government represented by the Federal Ministry of Oil.

The Kurdistan Region described the decision as “unconstitutional” and was based on a law dating back to the time of the previous regime, and the regional government stressed that “such an unconstitutional decision cannot be accepted.”

And the Kurdistan Region began to sell its oil in isolation from the federal government, after a stifling financial crisis as a result of the collapse of oil prices during the ISIS invasion of areas in Iraq, in addition to the disputes with Baghdad that prompted the latter to stop paying the salaries of the region’s employees.

Baghdad says its national oil company, SOMO, is the only one authorized to sell Iraqi crude oil, but each side claims the constitution is on its side. Since the Iraqi oil and gas law remained imprisoned in the drafting stage due to differences, there was room for maneuver.


US Ambassador to Baghdad: We look forward to forming the new Iraqi government during the coming period

Policy- 05-06-2022 10:43 PM – Number of readings: 1943

The US ambassador to Iraq, Alina Romanowski, affirmed her country’s support for Iraq in various fields, while indicating that her country is looking forward to the formation of the new Iraqi government during the coming period. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a statement that “Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, during his meeting with the US ambassador to Iraq, Alina Romanowski, reviewed the most important files of bilateral cooperation between Iraq and the United States of America, in addition to the most important developments at the regional and international levels .

He added, “The two sides discussed during the meeting the most important developments of the Russian-Ukrainian war, and the efforts of the Arab Contact Group in dealing with the repercussions of the crisis, and its effects on the world,” noting that “the virtual meeting held today by the ministers of the “Arab Contact Group”, with the participation of the Secretary-General of the League Arab countries “.

According to the statement, the minister stressed that “the relevant ministers raised the effects and risks resulting from the continuation of the war, and its direct impact on international peace and security,” adding; The “Arab Contact Group” will hold a meeting to study issues related to its future work in order to activate its work for which it was established . For her part, the US ambassador stressed that the United States supports Iraq in various fields, and that it will continue to do so .

In turn, the ambassador looked forward to “the formation of the new Iraqi government during the coming period.”


Al-Zamili: Mafias and companies smuggle half of Iraqi oil and influential people blow up electricity towers

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 2022-06-05 14:28A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The First Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Hakim Al-Zamili revealed today, Sunday, the existence of organized oil smuggling operations that occur under the supervision of “oil companies and influential mafias”, indicating at the same time that the electricity transmission towers were subjected to sabotage and bombing at the hands of “terrorism” and “regulators”. window” to benefit from its maintenance contracts.

Al-Zamili told Shafaq News Agency, that he hosted today the Energy Police Commander, Major General Ghanem Muhammad, at the request of the Parliamentary Oil and Gas Committee, to discuss major violations, including oil smuggling and energy transmission lines, which cost Iraq millions of dollars.

Al-Zamili added that some of those responsible for smuggling operations are building a house or a farm near the oil tanker line in order to carry out smuggling operations, pointing out that those responsible for smuggling operations are specialists, some of whom work in international companies through the use of special equipment for smuggling companies, because the smuggling process Ordinary citizens do not use them, as devices and equipment have been found by solid international companies that carry out this work and under the supervision of specialized engineers and technicians to carry out smuggling operations.

Later, Al-Zamili’s office issued a statement saying that the latter chaired an expanded meeting of the Parliamentary Oil and Energy and Security and Defense Committees, during which the Energy Police Commander, Major General Ghanem Muhammad, and a number of leaders and officers in the Police Command were hosted, in the presence of representatives of the security guards affiliated with the Oil and Energy Police.

The statement quoted Al-Zamili during the hosting, which took place at the request of Representative Haider Al-Mansoori, as saying, “What is an indication of confirmed information is that the smuggling of oil derivatives amounts to half the size of the actual source of Iraqi oil, and this means wasting huge financial fortunes that go to mafias.” Specialized window destinations that have hired international oil companies to install smuggling equipment.

He continued, “Sabotage also affected the electricity sector, where the energy towers were bombed once at the hands of terrorism with the aim of destabilizing, and several times at the hands of influential parties seeking to obtain a maintenance contract and reconstruction of these towers that are being sabotaged, according to the available information,” noting that “” These violations also affect border crossings, taxes, customs and ports, all of which deprive the country and the Iraqis of huge returns, which will make a big positive change if they go in the right direction.”

The First Deputy confirmed, according to a statement by his office, that “reducing these violations requires a serious pause by the legislative and executive authorities and providing special support to the security services to put an end to this phenomenon that is now threatening the economy of Iraq, and destroying the country’s capabilities, and it must be struck no matter who the parties are behind it.” .

And the statement indicated, that “during the meeting, clarification was made about a number of files, including: the file of the Energy Police personnel and their transformation into civilians, as well as the violations that occur in some areas. firm security and the eradication of corrupt elements.


It includes the Kurdistan region and the governorates.. Parliamentary finance announces emergency support allocations

political| 03:17 – 05/06/2022


Baghdad – Mawazine News
The Parliamentary Finance Committee revealed the financial allocations in the proposed law on emergency support for food security and development.
The head of the committee, Hassan Al-Kaabi, said in a press conference attended by / Mawazine News /, that “amounts of money have been allocated for the ration card by nine months and three months as strategic storage, as well as adding allocations to electricity, and today we received a letter from the Ministry of Electricity confirming the interruption of 1,000 megawatts due to non-payment of debts to Iran.” As well as allocating funds to social welfare and maintenance of the pipeline for the export of marine oil, and allocating funds to end the problems of lecturers, contracts and higher certificates.
He pointed out that “amounts will go to the ministries to support agriculture and electricity,” noting that “the law includes local expenses to the provinces and sovereign expenses that include all of Iraq, including the Kurdistan region.”
He added, “Meetings are still ongoing regarding the law, and the issues agreed upon in the Finance Committee are many, and there are few problems, and I think today is crucial to finalizing the law.”
For his part, committee member Muhannad Al-Khazraji said, “The sums allocated to the development of the regions amount to 8 to 10 trillion dinars and will be distributed according to the number of population, needs and the percentage of poverty. After raising Iraq’s quota in OPEC.”
A member of the committee, Star Al-Atabi, confirmed that “a trillion dinars have been allocated to social care to support small and medium enterprises and to include new families in social care.” Ended 29 / h


US Forces Resume Aerial Reconnaissance Operations In Western Iraq


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A security source said, on Sunday, the resumption of US air reconnaissance operations in the skies of the western regions towards the Syrian depth.

The source said, in a statement to the “Information” agency, that “the US warplanes have resumed military aerial reconnaissance operations again and are marching in the areas of Al-Qaim district towards the border strip with Syria, west of Anbar, after a short pause.”

He added, “The operation of warplanes taking off from Ain Al-Assad Air Base in Al-Baghdadi district, in the district of Hit, west of Anbar, towards the western regions, and from there to the Syrian depth.”

It is noteworthy that the US forces stopped air reconnaissance operations of their warplanes suddenly, a short time ago, without knowing the reasons. finished/ 12

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Central Bank Governor: The Iraqi banking sector is witnessing development and openness to the outside

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Baghdad – Mawazine News
, Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Mustafa Ghaleb Mikheeb, confirmed today, Sunday, that the Iraqi banking sector is witnessing development and openness to the outside world.
And the bank stated in a statement that Mawazine News received a copy of it, that “Fear, received a delegation from the Central Bank of Egypt, headed by Deputy Governor Sherif Ashour, in response to an official invitation. Financial Inclusion.
He stressed that “the Central Bank of Iraq always seeks to develop its relations with central banks in the countries of the world, in a way that contributes to developing bilateral relations and increasing cooperation, which will reflect positively on the Iraqi economy.”
He added, “The Iraqi banking sector is witnessing development and openness to the outside,” explaining that “the mutual visits between the Iraqi and Egyptian Central Banks are part of the cooperation efforts between the two parties, which contribute to the development of human resources for workers in the banking sector.”
It is noteworthy that the delegation of the Central Bank of Egypt, yesterday, Saturday, conducted an inspection tour of the new building of the Central Bank of Iraq, and visited cultural and heritage landmarks in Baghdad, where he praised the great architectural edifice that decorated the capital, Baghdad.


Joint Economic Talks Between Baghdad And The Region… And Job Opportunities Between Iraq And The European Union Are Present

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Earth News/ Representatives of the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government discussed  on Sunday economic growth and job creation prospects with the European Union and the German embassy.

According to a statement by the European Union, which Earth News received, a copy of, “representatives from all parties stressed the responsibility to act in light of the difficult economic situation that Iraqis are experiencing after the outbreak of the epidemic, and they evaluated the tangible and real success of cooperation between Iraq, Germany and the European Union.” 

He added that “in Baghdad, June 1, 2022, the governmental bodies in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, namely the offices of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and the ministries of planning, discussed the progress made in implementing economic reforms and creating sustainable job opportunities for Iraqis, who met as members of the Steering Committee of a development project The Private Sector and Employment Promotion   (PSD), jointly commissioned by the German government and the European Union with a total budget of 53 million euros and implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)”. 

And he indicated that “after discussing the challenges of the current economic situation and its consequences for employment prospects and business growth in Iraq, the participants reviewed the achievements of the private sector development and employment promotion project. In general, the project resulted in 1,830 young people in Baghdad, Basra, Nineveh, Diyala, Diwaniyah and Erbil obtaining job opportunities. . The beneficiaries were trained on topics such as entrepreneurial knowledge and special sectoral skills (marketing, product manufacturing, food processing, etc.).”

And he indicated that “the topics were selected with government partners based on the needs of the labor market. To ensure the sustainability of this approach, the project trained employees from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs to conduct labor market assessments in sectors with high job-creating potential.”

In addition, the statement indicated that “the project supported organizational structures such as chambers of commerce and industry, and after the initial training procedures, the chambers provided business advice to more than 800 micro, small and medium companies, to help them expand their business or obtain loans, in addition to that. The project trained more than 250 employees of the Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as the Federal Integrity Commission, in various topics.

He continued, “The topics included modern statistical tools for economic policy, vocational skills development for job seekers, provision of career guidance for young graduates and job seekers, and in the Kurdistan region, the project provided advice to the government on key reforms in areas such as rural development and economic diversification. With the creation of public-private dialogue platforms, the project has also established ways to identify and work around challenges for small and medium-sized businesses and enhance the capacity of companies to actively participate in policy-making processes.”

According to the statement, “Project representatives highlighted the critical role and strong commitment of government partners, as well as other cooperating institutions – including business chambers and associations, government training centers, universities and non-governmental partners – in achieving these results.”

Maher Johan, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Planning for Technical Affairs, expressed his “gratitude for the support provided by the German government and the European Union,” and renewed “the Iraqi side’s commitment to ensuring the sustainability of the project’s achievements,” saying: “With the great efforts of all partners in implementing this project, we have already achieved a large number of tangible results.” It is the duty of the Iraqi government to ensure that our efforts continue to provide sustainable solutions to the challenges facing the private sector in Iraq.”

Kanar Fadel Hedayat, Director General of Development Cooperation and Coordination at the KRG Ministry of Planning, praised the “successful cooperation and emphasized the great importance of the project,” adding: “The development of the private sector is one of the main priorities of the KRG’s ninth cabinet. Given the large number of unemployed youth, we need to work together to ensure that private sector jobs are a viable option.”

Nils Schott, representative of the German Embassy, ​​highlighted the “importance of the German cooperation project in Iraq,” saying: “The strong commitment of our government partners, as is evident from the quality of our discussions in the Steering Committee, is once again a sign that the support provided by Germany from Through the PSD project, it makes a useful contribution to our partners in Iraq with tangible results. This is important for us because, since 2004, Iraq has been a major priority for German cooperation and currently represents the largest file of the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ); One of the German agencies implementing technical cooperation projects on our behalf.”

For her part, Barbara Egger, Head of Cooperation for Iraq at the European Union Commission, congratulated the project and its partners on the recent achievements. She stated that “the European Union will bring together activities within the framework of the Team Europe initiative to avoid duplication of efforts and to save resources.” It aims to expand cooperation through joint projects, thus facilitating coordination with our Iraqi partners.”

The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) highlighted “many activities that take into account challenges such as climate change and the transition to a green economy. Therefore, the project works directly with its partners on possible solutions and the development of innovative business ideas.”

Christoph Feldcotter, Country Director of GIZ, highlighted that “especially in the areas of photovoltaic energy and sustainable agriculture, steps have been taken to highlight the hidden potential in the markets and support   small and medium enterprises in adopting innovative ideas in value chains.”


Britain notifies the Kurdistan Region of moves to enhance cooperation in four areas, including the military

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 2022-06-05 10:27A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, received today, Sunday, the British Ambassador to Iraq, Mark Bryson Richardson.

In the meeting, which was attended by the British Consul General in the Kurdistan Region, David Hunt, the British Ambassador touched on the successful visit of the Prime Minister to Britain, his reception at a high level and his meetings and meetings that he held, which would strengthen relations between the Kurdistan Region and Britain, especially that the concerned authorities For both sides, it will work on the results of the visit in the fields of education, higher education, health, and military coordination to confront terrorist threats.

The Prime Minister thanked Britain for its continuous support, and reiterated the Kurdistan Region’s desire to advance relations to broader horizons.

The meeting also dealt with the general situation in Iraq and the importance of solving the outstanding problems between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government through dialogue, and on the basis of the constitution.


Presented to the Kurdish leadership.. The Independent Iraq Alliance reveals paragraphs of its initiative to solve the political crisis

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 2022-06-05 10:54A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Parliamentary Independent Iraq Alliance revealed, on Sunday, some of the paragraphs included in the initiative of independent representatives that they submitted to the political leadership in Kurdistan Region.

Ahmed Ghazi, a member of the media team of the Independent Iraq Alliance, who is part of the delegation that is currently visiting Erbil, told Shafaq News Agency, “The initiative presented by the delegation of independent representatives to the Kurdish political forces included a number of proposals to resolve the political blockage and overcome the government formation crisis.”

He added, “Among the proposals is the emphasis on the need to adhere to the constitutional benefits in all its stages, including the formation of the government, and the formation of a parliamentary bloc that includes independent representatives, while the other blocs called for a bloc with it to form the largest bloc.”

And he indicated that “the provisions of the initiative stressed the need for the Prime Minister to be independent, impartial and efficient, with the necessity of limiting the waste of national wealth, in addition to the pledge of the parliamentary blocs supporting the formation of the government to create the causes of effective opposition and to ensure complete separation between the work of the political majority and the opposition, as well as the requirement to include The government program is to end armed manifestations and apply the law to everyone.

Ghazi concluded by saying, “The initiative also suggested that choosing the president of the republic should be in accordance with the principles and conditions mentioned in the Iraqi constitution.”

A delegation representing the independent representatives in the Iraqi parliament visited the Kurdistan Region today, Sunday, and presented an initiative to the Kurdish leader, Massoud Barzani, and the president of the region, Nechirvan Barzani, to resolve the political blockage and overcome the political crisis in the country.


Independent MPs present to Massoud Barzani an initiative to overcome the political impasse

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 2022-06-05 10:50A-AA+

Shafaq News/ A delegation representing independent representatives in the Iraqi parliament presented, today, Sunday, an initiative to Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani to resolve the political blockage and overcome the political crisis in the country.

A statement by Barzani’s office, received by Shafaq News Agency, said that the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, received today in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, a delegation representing the independent representatives in the Iraqi parliament, indicating that the two sides discussed the political situation in Iraq and the blockage that has resolved the political process. .

The statement added that the guest delegation put forward an initiative to overcome the crisis and obstacles impeding the progress of the political process.

The statement added that the meeting also witnessed confirmation that the continuation of the political crisis poses a serious threat to the interests of citizens and stability in Iraq.

Earlier today, the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, affirmed the Kurds’ support for any attempt to get out of the current political impasse and the need to bring the views of the political blocs closer.

Nechirvan Barzani’s position came during his meeting with a delegation of independent members of the House of Representatives known as the negotiating committee, where he discussed with them the latest developments in the political situation in Iraq and the challenges it faces and efforts to reach an understanding between the political parties and overcome the political impasse.