An agreement between Baghdad and Washington: an American grant to support development in Iraq

Al Arabi Al Jadeed


Safaa Al-Kubaisi

November 23, 2022

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Today, Wednesday, Iraq and the United States of America signed a “Development Goals Grant” agreement, under which Baghdad will receive $550 million over 5 years.

Following the signing of the agreement, the US Ambassador to Iraq, Elena Romansky, said at a press conference in Baghdad: “This agreement is an unprecedented milestone for bilateral relations between the two countries,” adding that “our partnership enhances our common goals of a more stable and prosperous Iraq that serves all its people.”

And she stated, “Under the executive agreement, Washington, through USAID, is obligated to provide approximately $550 million over the next five years to boost economic growth, increase citizen confidence and participation in democratic governance, address the needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations, and address the effects of climate change.”

The US ambassador to Iraq indicated, “The agreement will allow us to support the efforts of our Iraqi counterparts to meet the most urgent needs of this country, and it will allow the two parties represented by the US Agency for International Development and the Iraqi Ministry of Planning to develop plans and determine priorities, guarantee and long-term impact of our activities in our development assistance in the country.”

She explained, “The years of conflict have affected Iraq’s ability to provide services and economic opportunities to all its citizens, and our common goal is to support economic growth in Iraq, strengthen democratic institutions, address climate change and help the most vulnerable groups among the population, and that this agreement is the beginning of the cooperative relationship between the US Agency.” For international development and the Iraqi Ministry of Planning, this is what we look forward to.

For his part, the Iraqi Minister of Planning, Muhammad Tamim, said, at the press conference, that “the agreement came in conjunction with the first steps to start the new government’s work, and that the ministerial curriculum of this government adopted a realistic plan that can be implemented by ministries, independent bodies and local governments, with a joint responsibility for the government structure in all its aspects.” Noting that “the agreement supports the achievement of accelerated and comprehensive economic growth in the country, as well as its contribution to restoring and strengthening citizens’ confidence in the state.”

The agreement will be valid for a period of 5 years starting from the date of signing, and it comes within the framework of the so-called “strategic agreement for the relationship of friendship and cooperation between Iraq and America,” and also in accordance with the economic and technical cooperation agreement.

The period that followed the formation of the Iraqi government headed by Muhammad Shia’a al-Sudani (appointed on October 13) witnessed frequent meetings between him and American officials who were accompanied by the American ambassador in Baghdad, which raised questions about these visits and repeated meetings, while observers find that The United States appears to be supportive of the new government that was formed through the “coordinating framework” coalition close to Tehran.


Document.. New Director of the Governmental Rafidain Bank

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 2022-11-23 10:07A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Ministry of Finance decided, on Wednesday, to assign a new director to run the government-run Al-Rafidain Bank. 

An official letter issued by the Ministry of Finance, which Shafaq News Agency reviewed, stated that, based on the requirements of the public interest and a reference to the letter of the Ministry of Finance and the approval of the Prime Minister in accordance with the powers vested in him, and based on Cabinet Resolution No. 71 of 2011, it was decided to assign “Ali Karim Hussein” Director General of the Rafidain Bank Department in the Ministry of Finance.

It is noteworthy that the Federal Integrity Commission announced, on the seventh of April 2022, the issuance of an arrest and investigation order against the former General Manager of the Rafidain Bank; For causing damage to the funds and interests of the entity in which he works.

Al-Sudani ends an official visit to Kuwait, and his office reveals its details

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 2022-11-23 08:50A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia’a Al-Sudani, returned today, Wednesday, to the capital, Baghdad, after he completed an official visit to the State of Kuwait that lasted hours, during which a series of meetings and discussions took place.

Al-Sudani’s office stated in a statement received by Shafaq News agency, “During the visit, the latter met with the Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and discussed with him the bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them, and emphasizing the continuation of mutual cooperation, at various levels.”

The Prime Minister also met with his Kuwaiti counterpart, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and held bilateral talks with him on bilateral relations and the development of joint cooperation. different”.

The statement continued, “The Sudanese visited the Kuwaiti National Assembly, and was received by the Speaker of the Council, Ahmed Al-Saadoun, and the meeting dealt with discussing the distinguished relations between the two brotherly countries, and emphasizing the importance of cooperation, at the parliamentary, governmental and societal levels between Iraq and Kuwait, and bilateral coordination on issues of common concern.” regional and international ones.

The Iraqi president assures the United Nations of the necessity of coordination to close the displacement file in the country

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 2022-11-23 08:13A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The President of the Republic, Abd al-Latif Jamal Rashid stressed today, Wednesday, to the United Nations representative in Iraq, Jeanine Plasschaert, the need to support the government of Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani and close the displacement file in the country.

This came during his meeting with Blaskhart at Baghdad Palace, according to a statement received by Shafaq News agency.

The statement stated that “during the meeting, they discussed the general situation in the country, and the existing efforts in addressing many files related to improving the conditions of citizens and the economic situation,” explaining that “the government’s support in implementing its program and responding to the aspirations of the Iraqi people and improving their living and service conditions was emphasized.”

The role of the United Nations Mission was also discussed, where Rashid stressed “the importance of working and coordinating with the Iraqi authorities in addressing many issues, especially the issue of the displaced, by providing all the supplies and requirements necessary to improve their difficult living conditions and work for their safe return to their homes and cities,” stressing the “closure displacement file in the country.

It was also emphasized, according to the statement, the importance of consolidating security and stability in the country, ensuring the safety of citizens, and enhancing communication and dialogue with neighboring countries in discussing files on the basis of common interests, mutual respect and sovereignty, in a way that supports the security and stability of the region and enhances cooperation in sectors of common interest.

Masrour Barzani talks about dialogues with Baghdad and the international community to stop the attacks on the region

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 2022-11-23 06:25A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani stated, on Wednesday, that his government will continue dialogues with the federal government and international parties with the aim of putting an end to the attacks and bombing of the region by Turkey and Iran.

This came in his speech on the sidelines of the inauguration of the second and third phases of Highway 150 in Erbil.

The head of the regional government said during the speech, “Unfortunately, in the previous period, we were witnesses to the bombing of the Kurdistan Region with missiles, and we were subjected to unfair attacks under false pretexts and pretexts. The borders of the region and Iraqi sovereignty are crossed and breached,” stressing that “this issue is unacceptable and never solves problems, and I hope that it will stop.” These violations are on the Iraqi borders and the borders of the region.

“We will continue dialogues with the federal government, the international community, and the United Nations to put an end to these unfair attacks facing the Kurdistan Region,” he added.

And he added, “The Kurdistan Region will not be a place to threaten and target neighboring countries, and we do not want to destabilize those countries, and they should deal with us similarly, and be supportive of us,” stressing, “We condemn any attacks that could be launched from the region against neighboring countries.” .

In his speech, Masrour Barzani touched on the relations between the federal government and the regional government, and said, “Our relationship with the Iraqi Prime Minister is good,” stressing that “solidarity between the two parties is necessary for the development of our country.”

“We are committed to implementing the ministerial platform of the new Iraqi government,” he said, expressing his hope that solutions to the differences and outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad will be found as soon as possible.

And the head of the regional government renewed his willingness to send the government negotiating delegation to Baghdad, noting that “there was a visit by the president of the region to Baghdad, and I am also ready to pay a visit to the Iraqi capital.”

Nechirvan Barzani armed with the “password” to open the closed doors in Baghdad

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 2022-11-23 06:21A-AA+

Shafaq News/ It is not the first time that the President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, is in Baghdad, whom he knows well and knows the politicians in, but this time it comes at a time when a new government has been formed, which has emerged from the worst crisis of political stalemate in Iraq, after Parliament gave confidence to the government of Muhammad Shia al-Sudani, who officially took office on October 28, more than a year after the elections, which resulted in political rivalry that the country had not seen since the 2005 constitution.

Observers say that the doors of the political crisis that opened in Baghdad necessitated a visit like this to Nechirvan Barzani in particular, not only because he enjoys good relations with the political players in the federal capital only, but also because “Abu Idris”, in addition to the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, They played a prominent role in facilitating the breakthrough that came after months of playing with the fire on the brink.

The visit to Baghdad, which witnessed extensive meetings, was apparently dominated by the password that was mentioned in Nechirvan Barzani’s meetings with Iraqi officials, from the prime minister and the president of the republic to the head of the judiciary, as well as the leaders of the main political and parliamentary blocs, which is: “Shared responsibility, supporting the Sudanese government and its program.” “.

It seems clear from the announced content of the talks, turning the pages of the chronic disputes between Baghdad and the region, and looking towards the future by finding a solution to them, because Erbil, as Nechirvan Barzani said, views Baghdad as its strategic depth, and there is no escape from their coordination together and their partnership in order to overcome obstacles and difficulties.

Al-Sudani formed his government commissioned by the Coordinating Framework Forces at the beginning, but the confidence that his government gained came with the votes of the “frameworkers” as well as the votes of the Kurds, including the representatives of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, in addition to the votes of the Sovereignty and Resolve coalitions.

This in itself means Iraq’s transition to a new phase of political action, in which Nechirvan Barzani realizes that the Sudanese, despite the parliamentary support he received, in the existing political, economic and security reality, needs all possible support, and that if the Kurds can play their role in this In context, the Baghdad mission to Barzani, which took a long and eventful day, is the clearest expression of this vision and options.

Nechirvan Barzani landed in Baghdad, to the sound of cannons and missiles coming from the Iranian and Turkish sides, under the guise of confronting armed opposition to Ankara and Tehran, which requires moves by both the governments of Erbil and Baghdad, to deal with this new and sensitive situation due to its regional, Iraqi and Kurdish complexities.

The visit also comes at a time when the possibility of a large-scale Turkish military intervention against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in the region and in northern Syria is being raised, in addition to the tense internal situation in Iran, of which the region’s leaders are certainly anticipating its potential repercussions.

Al-Sudani’s assumption of his governmental responsibilities constitutes a new opportunity for Erbil and Baghdad to redevelop communication between them regarding the many accumulated files and issues, from the Kurdistan Region’s share in the budget law and the oil agreement, in addition to military-security coordination, especially in the so-called “disputed” areas and the terrorist outposts that exploit it.

The visit also comes at a time when oil sales, whether in the region or in Iraq, have achieved exceptional financial income compared to previous years, and it is certainly an opportunity that Nechirvan Barzani sees, in order to urge cooperation with officials in Baghdad, in order to transfer these resources to what serves the interests of Iraqis in general. And the region in particular, after about 3 years of popular protests against the deterioration of services and living conditions.

The head of the region began his new Baghdadi mission with a meeting with Al-Sudani himself, where his office announced that the Iraqi prime minister expressed his appreciation for the importance of unity of positions at the national level, and the need for solidarity and coordination, to face the economic, subsistence and service challenges required by the task of securing a decent life for all citizens throughout Iraq, stressing The federal government’s commitment to the Iraqi constitution to deal with outstanding issues, with the Kurdistan Regional Government, in a way that guarantees the rights of all components.

In sum, Barzani met, in addition to Al-Sudani, the President of the Republic, Abdul Latif Rashid, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Faiq Zaidan, the leader of the State of Law Coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, the leader of the Al-Fatah Bloc, Hadi al-Amiri, the Secretary General of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq Qais Khazali, the head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Faleh al-Fayyad, and the head of The Victory Alliance is Haider al-Abadi, and with the Sovereignty Alliance, represented by Muhammad Tamim, Minister of Planning in the federal government.

The salient points raised by Barzani during his Baghdadi meetings can be summarized as follows:

The country is in a different phase in which the language of understandings and solutions prevails

– Security in the Iraqi border areas, preserving Iraq’s sovereignty, and rejecting repeated violations

– Preventing the use of Iraqi lands as a starting point for aggression against any of the neighboring countries

-Cooperation between the Iraqi authorities, political forces, and components, to face challenges

– Mechanisms to support the judiciary and provide all requirements for the success of the work of the courts in the center and the region

The importance of the role of the judiciary in the administration and stability of the country

– The issue of the displaced and the difficult living conditions they suffer from in the displacement camps

– Exerting efforts to ensure a safe and stable return of all displaced persons to their homes and cities

Supporting the steps of the federal government in implementing its program to meet the needs of citizens to improve living conditions and services

Relations with neighboring countries, which must be built on the basis of mutual respect and common interests

The importance of coordination and joint cooperation between all security forces, the Peshmerga and the army

– “Shared responsibility” and resolving disputes between the region and the federal government

All parties and political forces joined forces and stood together to support the new federal government in implementing its ministerial platform.

– All the people of Iraq – the Kurdistan Region expects a lot from the new government

– There is a historic opportunity for success if political stability continues, and that there is no way for Iraqis other than understanding

The full support of the Kurdistan Region for the new Iraqi federal government and the success of its program

Baghdad is the strategic depth of the Kurdistan Region

– Obstacles that impede the work of the government and the war against terrorism

The Iranian and Turkish targeting of the Kurdistan Region and the importance of coordination between the army and the Peshmerga.

– Threats and dangers of ISIS, and military coordination, especially in the areas of Article 140, and its complete elimination

Baghdad and Washington conclude an executive agreement for a US grant that supports development in Iraq

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 2022-11-23 06:15A-AA+

Shafaq News / On Wednesday, Iraq and the United States of America signed an executive agreement for the development goals grant provided to Iraq to support development efforts.

The Iraqi Minister of Planning, Muhammad Tamim, said in a press conference, attended by Shafaq News Agency, that “the agreement came in conjunction with the first steps to start the new government,” noting that “the ministerial curriculum of this government adopts a realistic plan that can be implemented by ministries, independent bodies, and local governments.” And with a joint responsibility for the government structure in all its aspects.

Al-Tamimi explained, “The promising plan included work to reform the economic, financial, and service sectors, and to address poverty and unemployment, according to specific priorities, that allow the government the possibility of addressing these files and advancing the service reality in all parts of Iraq.”

The minister stressed the importance of “the executive agreement for the development goals grant that was signed, as it will be supportive of achieving accelerated and comprehensive economic growth, as well as its contribution to restoring and strengthening citizens’ confidence in the state.”

He pointed out that “work is underway through joint cooperation in a way that leads to meeting the needs of vulnerable population groups, and addressing the results and repercussions of the war against terrorism,” adding, “The signing of the executive agreement will be valid for a period of five years starting from the date of signing, and it comes within the framework of the agreement.” The strategic relationship of friendship and cooperation between Iraq and America, as well as in accordance with the economic and technical cooperation agreement between the two countries.

Iraq is fifth in the world in oil reserves, the cheapest to extract and the most profitable


 2022-11-23 04:34A-AA+

Shafaq News/ Iraq’s oil reserves accounted for 8.4 percent of the world’s reserves, in addition to the cheapest extraction, according to the British company BP.

The company said, in a report seen by Shafaq News agency, that “Iraq’s oil reserves amounted to 145 billion barrels,” indicating that “these reserves constitute 8.4 percent of the world’s oil reserves.”

And she indicated that “Venezuela ranked first with the largest oil reserves in the world, with an amount of 303.8 billion barrels, which constitutes 17.5 percent of the world’s reserves, followed by Saudi Arabia with 297.5 billion barrels, and then Canada came third with 168.1 billion barrels, and then Iran came fourth with 157.8 billion barrels, and Iraq came fourth. Fifth, then Russia came sixth with 107.8 billion barrels, Kuwait came seventh with 101.5 billion barrels, then the UAE came eighth with 97.8 billion barrels, then the United States came ninth with 68.8 billion barrels, and Libya came in tenth place with 48.4 billion barrels.

She explained that “Venezuela has the largest amount of oil reserves in the world with more than 300 billion barrels in reserve, but most of its oil is in the sea or underground and is considered dense, so the cost of extracting oil in Venezuela’s reserves using the technology currently available is too high to be profitable, indicating that the oil reserves in Iraq and Saudi Arabia are close to the surface and on the ground, which makes access to oil more accessible and the extraction process more cost-effective and more profitable.

Al-Sudani assures the Crown Prince of Kuwait of Iraq’s keenness to build balanced relations with its neighbours

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Al-Sudani assures the Crown Prince of Kuwait of Iraq's keenness to build balanced relations with its neighbours

  {Politics: Al-Furat News} Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani affirmed, during his meeting with Kuwait Crown Prince Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, on Wednesday, Iraq’s keenness to build balanced relations with its neighbors.

His media office stated in a statement received by {Euphrates News} that “Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’a Al-Sudani met with the Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait, Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, in the presence of Kuwaiti Prime Minister Ahmed Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and during the meeting they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to consolidate them, in The framework of the historical ties that unite them, and the emphasis on the continuation of mutual cooperation, at various levels, as well as the continuation of joint discussions and coordination on various issues, in a way that enhances the stability of the two countries and the prosperity of their peoples. 

The Prime Minister stressed, “Iraq’s keenness to build balanced relations with its neighbors, based on mutual respect, preserving the sovereignty of the two countries, and striving to resolve many files in accordance with what supports common interests and achieves stability in the region.” 

For his part, Kuwaiti Crown Prince Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah welcomed the official visit to the Sudanese, stressing the strength of the distinguished relations that bind the two countries and bring together their peoples, and Kuwait’s keenness to support the stability and prosperity of Iraq. He also valued Iraq’s pivotal role in the region and its endeavor to enhance sustainable security in it.

Rasheed and Al-Amiri: We must join efforts to support the government in implementing its program

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, President of the Republic, Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid, received, on Wednesday, the head of the Al-Fateh Alliance, Hadi Al-Amiri.

In the meeting, according to a statement by the Presidency of the Republic, which Mawazine News received, it was emphasized that “efforts must be combined to support the government in implementing its program to improve the living and service conditions of citizens.”

The two sides also discussed “the security and political situation in the country, and emphasized the importance of unifying visions, continuous coordination, and addressing issues on the basis of dialogue and understanding in a way that preserves the security and stability of Iraq.” Ended 29/N33