Washington welcomes the talks between Erbil and Baghdad ahead of an upcoming visit to the Kurdistan delegation

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On Monday, the United States expressed its support for the talks and understandings between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government, prior to an upcoming visit of the regional government delegation to the Iraqi capital.

These statements come at a time when a delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government is preparing to go to Baghdad on the first visit since the formation of the new government headed by Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani.

A delegation from the US Consulate General in Erbil visited the Ministry of Finance and Economy in the Kurdistan Region. The delegation consisted of Deputy Consul General Zahra Bell and Head of the Economics Department of the Consulate, Hess Bailey.

The Minister of Finance and Economy, Awat Sheikh Janab, expressed his full support for the new Iraqi government, and expressed his hope “to resolve the outstanding problems between Erbil and Baghdad within the framework of the constitution and the law and to obtain the legitimate rights of the Kurdish people,” according to a statement by the Ministry of Finance.

The statement quoted Sheikh Janab as saying that the government delegation will visit Baghdad “soon” to discuss Kurdistan’s share of the federal budget for the year 2023.

He explained that another part of the visit’s talks will include discussing the oil and gas file and resolving it within the framework of the constitution.

The US consular delegation confirmed its support for the continuation of talks and understandings between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government, according to the statement.

A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government is scheduled to visit Baghdad in the coming period. The visit was supposed to start tomorrow, Tuesday or Thursday.

The Chief of the Kurdistan Regional Council of Ministers Office, Omid Sabah, said that the regional government delegation is still waiting for the federal government to determine the date of the visit.

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The Kurds start a move to implement the political agreement paper with Baghdad

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The Office of the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region announced that a Kurdish delegation will discuss in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, within the next two days, the Kurdish demands paper that was included in the political agreement paper of the so-called “state administration coalition.” While the Kurdish political circles are cautiously optimistic about the implementation of Kurdish demands, whether they are related to the financial budget, oil or Kirkuk, Baghdad represented by the forces of the Shiite coordination framework to which Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani belongs is betting on the continuation of Kurdish-Kurdish differences within the region regarding powers and authorities, or at the level of the federal government; Where differences still exist over the Ministries of Construction, Housing and Environment. The Iraqi political forces (Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish) had announced the emergence of a new political alliance called the “Coalition of State Administration” after the Kurdish political forces (represented by the two main Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Sunni Sovereignty Alliance) imposed a series of demands and conditions in order to agree to the agreement. Pass the government of Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani. According to the texts of the agreement paper, and with the difficulty of implementing some of them in practice, the Shiite coordination framework agreed on them as demands that must be implemented after the government gained confidence. While the government won confidence by a large majority in Parliament (258 deputies voted for it), the measures taken by Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani so far include confronting the accumulated corruption files, especially with the outbreak of the theft of the century and oil smuggling issue.
In this context, the proactive Kurdish move to discuss the demands paper comes at a time when the Iraqi government began studying the financial budget for the next year 2023, which is expected to be the share of the Kurdistan region, including one of the points of contention with the federal government. However, according to what Erbil announced, the Kurdish delegation, which is expected to visit Baghdad on Tuesday, will discuss with government officials and Shiite political forces the Kurdish demands, especially what Erbil considers the rights of the Kurds, which include various issues, whether the relationship with Baghdad, starting with the issue of oil and gas, the budget or the balance file in Governmental or parliamentary positions or positions that the Kurds believe they have lost in a number of provinces that are in dispute between the two parties, such as Kirkuk and Salah al-Din. To that, an independent Kurdish politician considered the inability to implement the two Kurdish or Sunni demands papers included in the State Administration Coalition.

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Representative of the Democrat: A Kurdish delegation will visit Baghdad soon, and the NCP is obstructing the resolution of the Ministry of Environment

  • Time: 07/11/2022 23:23:52
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Representative of the Democrat: A Kurdish delegation will visit Baghdad soon, and the NCP is obstructing the resolution of the Ministry of Environment

  {Politics: Al-Furat News} A Kurdish delegation intends to visit the capital, Baghdad, soon, to discuss two important files, “higher positions and the Kurdistan region’s share in the 2023 budget.”

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KDP MP Jayyi Timur said; For the program {Al-Mastra} broadcast by Al-Furat satellite channel this evening: “A Kurdish delegation will visit Baghdad soon to discuss the region’s share in the 2023 budget.
He added, “We have representatives in the government who are present in Baghdad and are communicating on the issue of the Kurdistan region’s share in the budget. There will be long and complex debates and discussions about the budget. As a result, we expect to reach a fair agreement between the central and regional governments.”
And Taymour continued, “The paper that all the parties to the state administration coalition passed and the duty of all forces to overcome all difficulties and provide an ideal atmosphere for the government of Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani to complete his tasks and get the country out of crises, and he must not burden himself with extraordinary matters.”
He pointed out that “the two Kurdish parties sought to obtain positions within the commissions and senior positions to be on the side of everyone to serve the people, but the political forces have not yet entered into discussing these positions.”
Taymour stressed, “The importance of the National Investment Authority in developing the country and attracting investors and the Kurds. They have a long history in this, and the evidence is what the Kurdistan region is witnessing from this development. I think that one of the people who had a role in the development of the investment sector in Kurdistan should be assigned; but I do not think the Kurds held the position of the investment body.” .
He added, however, that “the theft of public money has become harmful to Iraq’s reputation, and therefore care must be taken carefully. It is not diagnosed in high positions, and it is difficult to follow up and insist on those who stand behind the theft of tax deposits, and I am sure influential political parties are behind it.”
Taymour continued, “Theft has become a global phenomenon, and I do not justify the Kurdistan region, and there are networks for smuggling oil in Kurdistan, but at a lower level than in the south of the country, revealing more than one network of theft.”
He pointed out that “a close agreement by the two Kurdish parties to name the reconstruction and environment portfolios and the Ministry of Housing has been settled for the Democrat, and there is nothing left but to negotiate on the environment portfolio and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan refuses to sit at a negotiating table to resolve it.”

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In the document.. the Central Bank decides to stop dealing in dollars with private banks

  • Time: 07/11/2022 13:06:55
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In the document.. the Central Bank decides to stop dealing in dollars with private banks

  {Economic: Al-Furat News} The Central Bank of Iraq informed the unauthorized financial institutions and authorized banks to stop dealing in dollars with four private banks for auditing purposes, with it permissible to deal with them in other currencies.

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A Kurdish delegation heads to Baghdad to discuss the outstanding problems

2022-11-07 | 05:47

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A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government will head to Baghdad in the next few days to discuss understandings regarding the outstanding problems between the region and the center, amid optimism that solutions will be reached.

Several conditions set by the Kurds on the coordination framework in return for accepting to vote on the Sudanese government, while the framework promised to solve the outstanding problems between Baghdad and the region, according to what Kurdish sources revealed, where they confirmed that a delegation from the region will fly to Baghdad during the next few days to discuss understandings regarding the outstanding issues between the two sides.

The Office of the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region indicated that a ministerial delegation will head to Baghdad next Tuesday or Thursday with the aim of discussing the rights of the Kurdish component agreed upon by the Kurdish party delegations with the Sunni and Shiite forces in Baghdad. According to deputies in the Patriotic Union, the Kurds will restore their positions, which they described as stolen in Salah al-Din, in a gradual manner, according to the demographic and electoral merits and achieving an administrative balance in a way that guarantees the rights of all components.For its part, the Wisdom Movement was optimistic about resolving the outstanding differences between Baghdad and Erbil, in a letter sent by the leader of the movement, Ammar al-Hakim to the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, stressing that it will continue the course of work with the rest of the partners in a patriotic spirit and expressing his hope that this occasion will be a good gesture to resolve the outstanding issues. between the central and regional governments. The outstanding files between Baghdad and Erbil are one of the most important problems faced by successive governments, and among the most important of those files that require dialogue and common understandings are the salaries of the region’s employees, security coordination in the disputed areas, and agreement on the mechanism for exporting oil from the region’s fiel

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Al-Eqabi: The 2023 budget will be explosive…and reveals the reason for Al-Najjar’s resignation

  • Time: 06/11/2022 23:18:13
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Al-Eqabi: The 2023 budget will be explosive...and reveals the reason for Al-Najjar's resignation

  {Politics: Al Furat News} The former member of the Parliamentary Legal Committee, Hussein Al-Aqabi, described the federal budget for 2023 as “explosive”, while revealing a shocking reason for the resignation of the head of the National Investment Authority, Suha Al-Najjar.

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Al-Uqabi said; For the “Al-Mastra” program broadcast by Al-Furat satellite channel this evening: “After changing the exchange rate, the 2023 budget is sure to be explosive, and we expect its actual revenue to reach 120 billion dollars, equivalent to 160 trillion dinars, but the important thing is the mentality of dealing with the budget.”
He stressed, “the importance of changing the mentality of spending in the budget and moving away from the methodology of formulating our wrong budgets, and they must be based on the higher interests of the state and the real suffering of citizens and the vital investment and service sectors.”
Al-Uqabi added, “The current form of the budget is what the Iraqi state has been accustomed to for the past 100 years, and we hope to change it in terms of form and content. 90% of the budget value goes to useless expenses, 45% of salaries, 25% of social benefits, 15% of loan installments and interests, and 5% of subsidies.” “.
And he indicated that “the 2021 budget was dreamy and unrealistic, with loans of more than 56 percent, and our oil revenue in 2022 by 95 percent. If the oil price drops to half the current price, we will be unable to pay salaries,” stressing “the need to develop the tax and customs sectors to enhance oil revenues.”
Al-Uqabi pointed to “Iraq’s need for strategic planning to develop the productive sectors, and the oil revenues planned for the 21st budget are 20 trillion dinars, and the non-oil revenues are 12 trillion dinars.”
He added, “The negative effects of the decision to raise the exchange rate must be addressed, and employees who receive salaries of less than one million have been affected by raising the dollar, as well as those entitled to social assistance,” stressing “Iraq’s need for 125 billion dollars to complete the lagging projects.”
Al-Aqabi called for “structuring the state and placing power in the hands of national competencies capable of achieving, as some governors did not spend the money due to their inability to accomplish, and the necessity of limiting spending to vital sectors such as agriculture and industry, which need 5 years to reap the fruits of strategic investment plans.”
He continued, “The oil-producing governorates are suffering and the actual expenditure of petrodollars must be increased to address the negative effects of the projects. Previous governments failed to withhold these allocations, and educational and educational infrastructures were neglected over the past years, and the sums recycled for the development of the region can be invested centrally.”
Commenting on the resignation of the head of the National Investment Commission, Al-Uqabi concluded by saying, “Suha Al-Najjar had nothing to do with investment and she did not manage the commission, but other people appointed by the former prime minister and brought to certain accounts linked to the person of the prime minister.”

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Against the background of “the theft of the century” .. Al-Sudani orders the transfer of the Director General of Integrity Investigations and refers his file to the court

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 2022-11-07 03:24A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani, decided on Sunday to transfer the Director General of Investigations in the Integrity Commission out of it due to the failure to perform his duties.

In a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, Al-Sudani’s media office stated that the latter issued an order to transfer the Director General of Investigations, to prove his negligence in the authority’s procedures related to the file of tax trusts, according to the results of the relevant investigation committee.

He indicated that the order also included referring the minutes of the investigation in this case to the competent courts to take the required legal measures.

And the regulatory authorities had previously revealed the embezzlement of tax trust funds in the amount of 3.7 trillion Iraqi dinars, which has become known as “the theft of the century.” The Iraqi judiciary issued arrest warrants against a number of accused of “the theft of the century” and confiscation of movable and immovable funds and the seizure of real estate belonging to them and their families. .

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Against the background of “the theft of the century” .. Al-Sudani orders the transfer of the Director General of Integrity Investigations and refers his file to the court

politicsbreakingintegrityMuhammed Shiaa Al-Sudani

 2022-11-07 03:24A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani, decided on Sunday to transfer the Director General of Investigations in the Integrity Commission out of it due to the failure to perform his duties.

In a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, Al-Sudani’s media office stated that the latter issued an order to transfer the Director General of Investigations, to prove his negligence in the authority’s procedures related to the file of tax trusts, according to the results of the relevant investigation committee.

He indicated that the order also included referring the minutes of the investigation in this case to the competent courts to take the required legal measures.

And the regulatory authorities had previously revealed the embezzlement of tax trust funds in the amount of 3.7 trillion Iraqi dinars, which has become known as “the theft of the century.” The Iraqi judiciary issued arrest warrants against a number of accused of “the theft of the century” and confiscation of movable and immovable funds and the seizure of real estate belonging to them and their families. .

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Assigning a finance advisor to monitor the work of government banks.. Document

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 2022-11-07 03:22A-AA+

Shafaq News/ Today, Monday, the Iraqi Minister of Finance, Taif Hassan, assigned the ministry’s advisor, Abdul Hassan Jamal, to supervise the work of government banks.

And it was stated in an official letter, obtained by Shafaq News Agency, that “according to the powers entrusted to us, we have directed to assign Abdul Hassan Jamal, the financial advisor to the ministry, to follow up on all the work of banks and their branches, to provide visions on the subject of their structure and automation, to identify weaknesses, to find solutions, to express a clear and frank opinion, to submit it to us, and to monitor the work of those banks.”

Among the answers to supervision are also, according to the official book, “and directing the official books to them, supervising the application of the comprehensive banking system for each branch of the bank, organizing and setting a timetable with specific periods for the completion of work for each bank and each branch, following up the completion rates, including the application of the comprehensive banking system and submitting reports The periodical came to us to express an opinion on it about all the work of banks, including the reports on the application of the comprehensive banking system and its completion according to the period specified in the schedule, and a statement of the lagging branches and a statement of the reasons for the delay so that legal measures can be taken against them.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces the holding of an “Iraqi-European” dialogue and sets its date

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 2022-11-07 03:19A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced, on Monday, the holding of an “Iraqi-European” dialogue early next year.

A ministry statement received by Shafaq News stated that “Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Fouad Hussein met the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in the European Union, Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell, in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of his participation in the work of the thirteenth session of the Seer Forum Baniyas, which is held under the organization of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Josep Borrell congratulated the Iraqi minister on the occasion of forming the new government and renewing confidence in him as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq.

For his part, Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein gave a summary of the developments of the political process in Iraq, the formation of the new Iraqi government and the features of the next stage, expressing his optimism in the success of the new government due to the availability of political support and in light of the high economic and financial level in Iraq.

During the meeting, according to the statement, they discussed relations with the European Union and its countries to serve common interests, and the Iraqi-European dialogue, which is expected to be held early next year.

The statement also said that a number of files of common interest were discussed, in addition to the latest developments on the regional and international arenas, and they exchanged views on them.

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