Al-Sadr thanks Plasschaert, warns the Security Council against Bahr al-Ulum, and agrees to dialogue on one condition

politicsbreakingMuqtada al-Sadr

 2022-10-04 12:58A-AA+

Shafaq News/ Today, Tuesday, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, praised the briefing of the international representative, Jeanine Plaschaert, before the UN Security Council, warning the council against listening to the speech of the representative of Iraq, Muhammad Bahr al-Ulum, while he agreed to dialogue with the political blocs, provided that it is public.

Al-Sadr said in a tweet seen by Shafak News Agency, “I listened carefully to the session of the UN Security Council on Iraq. I have some comments on that: First: regarding the briefing of the United Nations representative, and it caught my attention in what she said: is that the main reason for what is happening in Iraq It is the corruption that everyone agrees on. Yes, this is very true and accurate, and the first step for gradual reform is the non-participation of the old faces, parties and people in the next government according to the aspirations of the reference and the aspirations of the rebellious people.”

He added, “We agree to dialogue if it is public and in order to exclude all participants in the previous political and electoral processes and to hold the corrupt accountable under the cover of an impartial judiciary. We also look forward to the assistance of the United Nations in this regard: I mean reform, albeit gradually.”

He continued, “I also support the words of the participants in the UN Security Council session regarding restraint, so I call for restraint and not to resort to violence and weapons from all parties, and to speedily punish the perpetrators without regard to their affiliations. In addition to what was raised about the problem of uncontrolled weapons outside The framework of the state, but the most important thing is that the uncontrolled weapons should not be within the framework of the state and its use against opponents and revolutionaries and in the consolidation of influence and the rooting of the deep state, especially since the current prime minister is subjected to enormous pressures in this regard even though he is the commander of the armed forces and the lack of response by some militants to him, even if they are within scope of the state.

He said, “We also commend the Security Council’s support for Iraq regarding the bombings it is subjected to from here and there.. Hence, we call on the dear neighboring countries to respect Iraq’s sovereignty and maintain its security and stability through diplomatic means or through dialogue. But I stand against the insistence of some members of the Security Council.” To form the government in Iraq.. Many governments have been formed, but they have harmed the homeland and the people. The aspirations of the people are to form a government far from corruption, dependency, militias, and foreign interference in order to be an independent and stable government that serves its people, not the interests of its parties and sects. O members, Iraq is going through its worst period because of corruption and the dominance of its parties in power. Rather, they may support them.

He explained, “I advise the Security Council not to listen to the statement made by the permanent representative of Iraq in this session, whose speech was wrong in most of what it contained with great regret,” calling on the United Nations representative to continue her neutral positions and not to take sides.


Al-Sadr thanks Plasschaert and warns the UN Security Council of Bahr al-Uloom

politicsbreakingMuqtada al-Sadr

 2022-10-04 12:32A-AA+

Al-Sadr thanks Plasschaert, warns the Security Council against Bahr al-Ulum, and agrees to dialogue on one condition

The representative of Iraq calls on the Security Council to support “sovereignty” and talks about “forming the government”

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 2022-10-04 12:28A-AA+

Shafaq News/ Iraq’s representative to the United Nations, Muhammad Hussein Bahr al-Ulum, requested on Tuesday the United Nations Security Council to support Iraq’s sovereignty and condemn external attacks, stressing that the Iranian bombing of the city of Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region, left victims and terrified the population.

The representative of Iraq said in a speech during the UN Security Council session on developments in Iraq, that “the Iranian bombing led to the martyrdom of Iraqis and terrorized the population, and we call upon the Security Council to support Iraq’s sovereignty and condemn any external aggression from any side.”

Yesterday, Monday, the Iranian bombardment was renewed, for the eighth consecutive day, targeting the Seidkan district in the independent Soran administration, Erbil. On September 26, the Counter-Terrorism Service in the Kurdistan Region announced that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard launched a missile attack on the region in four stages, which left “13 martyrs and 58 wounded.”

With regard to the internal political situation, Iraq’s representative to the United Nations said that “the stalemate in the political process delayed the formation of the new government,” adding that “the Iraqi political forces entered into a constructive and serious dialogue to reach understandings.”

“Efforts are going on to form a new government that meets the people’s basic aspirations,” he noted.

He said, “These days pass the third anniversary of the peaceful demonstrations of October 2019 led by the youth of Iraq calling for reform and fighting corruption,” explaining that “the security forces dealt with high professionalism in maintaining peaceful demonstrations and avoiding clashes.”

Bahr Al-Uloum pointed out that “Iraq is committed to the international community in combating terrorism, and we look forward to receiving the UN Under-Secretary for Combating Terrorism in the near future.”

He added, “Iraq calls on the United Nations to strengthen its field presence and the international community to restore its nationals in al-Hol camp and hand over those wanted to Iraq. Iraq reiterates its call not to use its territory to settle scores and calls on the Security Council to seriously consider this matter.”

Blackshart left the Security Council with “one conclusion”

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 2022-10-04 12:23A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Hennis-Plasschaert, said on Tuesday that the time has come for all Iraqi parties to sit at the dialogue table.

“After today’s session in the UN Security Council, there is only one conclusion: it is time for all parties to sit down at the dialogue table, collectively commit to tangible solutions and move the country back from the brink,” Plasschaert said in a tweet seen by Shafak News.

Earlier today, Tuesday, Blaskharat briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Iraq and the work of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), in which she stressed that differences prevail over the language of dialogue in the country, noting that the southern governorates are witnessing armed skirmishes and the political class is not able to resolve the crisis.

“The disappointment of the people has reached sky-high. Many Iraqis have lost faith in the ability of Iraq’s political class to work for the benefit of the country and its people. Continuing failure to address this distrust will only exacerbate Iraq’s problems,” said Blackshart.

She pointed out that “the political system and the system of governance in Iraq ignore the needs of the Iraqi people. The rampant corruption represents a major root cause of dysfunction in Iraq. No leader can claim that he is protected from it. Keeping the system “as is” will rebound with negative results.”

Kurdistan Democratic Party: understandings to present one candidate for the presidency of the republic in the coming days

Kurdistan Democratic Party: understandings to present one candidate for the presidency of the republic in the coming days

October 4, 2022 

Baghdad / Obelisk: The Kurdistan Democratic Party revealed, on Tuesday 10/04/2022, the latest developments in the understandings regarding the presidential candidate.

Party member Mahdi Abdel Karim said that there are understandings that have reached their final stages, and we will have one candidate in the coming days.

He revealed the existence of a special committee from the coordinating framework that seeks to visit Muqtada al-Sadr, after which he will announce the date of the parliament session to decide the fate of the post of President of the Republic.

He pointed out that there were agreements that included many matters, including restoring the spirit to the strategic alliance between us and the National Union and coming to Baghdad with one negotiating paper and a common vision.

الديمقراطي الكردستاني: تفاهمات لتقديم مرشح واحد لرئاسة الجمهورية خلال الأيام المقبلة

Al-Kazemi: We were on the brink of a civil war.. Al-Sadr had the right to form the government, but he made a mistake

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 2022-10-04 05:34A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, stated that the country was on the verge of a civil war following the bloody confrontations in the fortified Green Zone in the center of the capital, Baghdad, between supporters of the Sadrist movement on the one hand, and the security forces and armed factions on the other hand, but he stressed that Al-Sadr has the right to form The next federal government, however, made a mistake and missed the opportunity after the withdrawal of his bloc from Parliament and the political process.

This came in an interview conducted by French journalist and writer Georges Malbrunot, chief editor of the French newspaper “Le Figaro”, with Al-Kazemi.

Al-Kazemi answered a question the newspaper asked him about the day of the bloody confrontations in the Green Zone, saying: Yes, we were on the brink of a civil war, but the government worked with all wisdom and measure so as not to be dragged into that, adding that it was the two parties’ bet that the government would be with a party, but I took The decision is not to be a party.

He added that during 24 hours of intense conflict, I used all my capabilities and made all possible communications and gave clear, explicit and firm directions to the security forces to remove the specter of civil war, and I succeeded. This is my decision from the first day of the work of my government is not to be a party to any conflict, and to maintain moderation and balance. I firmly believe that we must move away from being drawn into violence.

And he was asked about the goal of the demonstrators on August 29 last as a result of the events in the Green Zone, Al-Kazemi said, on that day, there was chaos among all the parties involved. Both sides had decisions based on wrong data that dragged them into the arena of confrontation.

He noted that all parties tried to flex their muscles, and some parties tried to express their anger, but they made a mistake in choosing a way to express it, indicating that the beginnings were spontaneous, and we succeeded in removing the demonstrators from the government palace peacefully, and the demonstrators were determined to leave Parliament Also, however, things developed between the two parties suddenly and ended up between them in a dangerous armed confrontation. That is why I always stress the need to consolidate the values ​​of democracy, adhere to the mechanisms of the modern civil state, and use the diplomacy of dialogue and understanding in accordance with the logic of the modern civil state.

And regarding the goal of the Sadrists, was it a coup or isolating leaders through confrontations with the Greens, Al-Kazemi said that there was no intention of a coup or anything like that at all. There was popular anger that was sometimes expressed in improper ways, and this was also accompanied by the unacceptable use of weapons and violence, and in the end both sides miscalculated and got involved in bloodshed.

He stated that the statements of a number of political leaders had also contributed to this, which created a dangerous escalation that contributed to igniting the fuse of violence between the two parties. In fact, there is a strong psychological war going on between the two sides, which the political leaders should be wary of.

He was asked about the fact that the Sadrists wanted early elections, and the Prime Minister said that not all political parties dealt wisely and rationally, and the reason was not to submit to the law. We have a very clear constitution, laws and constitutional timings, but unfortunately they have not been adhered to.

He explained that the reason is that the political forces do not believe in true democratic values, but rather believe in power and authority only. The values ​​of democracy are new to the country, and therefore these values ​​are alien to the political class and far from their behavior.

On the accusations against Al-Kazemi of allowing the Sadrists to enter the Green Zone, he replied: I did not allow them, but the security forces, under my direction, stood with full force before them, and our forces provided many wounded to prevent them from entering and storming state institutions.

However, he added: But the momentum of the demonstrators was great and the security forces were unable to stop them, and I had directed them not to use live bullets in all cases to prevent them from being drawn into violence, but some forces still believe in using dictatorial methods of violence and repression, and they want me to shoot live bullets at Citizens, this is unacceptable and completely contradicts my belief in democratic values, human rights and the civilized world.

With regard to Al-Sadr’s stopping the bloody confrontation, the Iraqi Prime Minister stated that the pressures of various parties contributed to the matter. Scenes of bloodshed and victims as well, and the possible repercussions of this on the already tense Iraqi scene also led Al-Sadr to the decision to withdraw, and Al-Sadr himself blamed all parties, including his group, for the events.

On the necessity of early elections, Al-Kazemi said that everyone agrees on early elections. The recent elections, despite their high integrity, attested by the Security Council, the United Nations, the European Union, and other international organizations that participated in observing them, did not lead to the formation of a government due to the failure of the political forces to agree, and the scramble for power at the expense of the citizen and the movement to build the country. Therefore, as in all other parliamentary systems, there must be another election to resolve the political crisis.

Al-Kazemi called on all political parties to meet now and establish the mechanisms for conducting the elections, while providing the legal, administrative and financial requirements for holding the elections.

He stressed that the country urgently needs to agree on a new social contract, and to consolidate the culture of democratic values ​​of respecting the constitution, its timing and the results of the elections and dealing with them rationally, away from duplicity in looking at it, as they accept its results when it leads to victory and reject that when it leads to a loss for them.

Regarding Al-Sadr’s victory in the elections and his right to form a government, Al-Kazemi pointed out that Al-Sadr had won the most seats in the recent elections, and of course he should have the opportunity to form a government, but at the same time, Al-Sadr must search for other partners to be able to form the government.

He also said that al-Sadr had also made a mistake in his decision to withdraw from Parliament, which gave his rivals the opportunity to fill his void and turn into the largest bloc in Parliament. All Iraqi political forces are still young on democratic values and are not good at the game of modern democratic politics.

Al-Kazemi: We have important contracts with major oil companies, and Iraq will remain an important source of energy production


 2022-10-04 05:32A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The head of the federal government, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, said that his government has contracts with major oil companies to develop infrastructure in the energy production sector in the country.

Al-Kazemi said in an interview with the French newspaper “Le Figaro”, “Iraq is an important country in the field of energy production, and we have worked on developing energy infrastructure to be able to secure the energy market with high flow. We have signed important contracts with Total to expand the flow of energy supply.” extracting associated gas in our oil fields, and developing clean and alternative energy projects.

He added, “We have changed the title of the Ministry of Electricity to the Ministry of Electricity and Alternative Energy, an indication of our government’s directions towards moving towards clean energy that is suitable for the environment.”

Al-Kazemi continued, “We have other important contracts with major oil companies to develop infrastructure in Iraq, and Iraq will remain an important source of energy production in the world. At the same time, we are working hard to adapt our energy production to modern standards appropriate to the environment to protect it and maintain its safety.”