An upcoming parliamentary meeting to discuss the emergency rise in the exchange rate

Parliamentary circles said that the coming days will witness a meeting in Parliament to discuss the crisis of the emergency rise in the exchange rate of the dollar against the Iraqi dinar, expressing the hope that it will return to its official rates soon. Representative Muhammad Qutayba said, in a statement followed by (Al-Mada), that “an upcoming parliamentary session will be held to discuss the rise in the exchange rates of the dollar.”

Qutayba continued, “Parliament is following the rise in the exchange rate of the dollar in the Iraqi markets with great concern because of the pressure it causes on the prices of basic materials, especially foodstuffs, which constitutes an additional burden on the shoulders of millions of poor, simple and displaced people.”

He pointed out, “The rise in the exchange rate of the dollar in a few days is still ambiguous, and we did not receive any government indication that would reveal the reasons.” And Qutiba stated, “The session that is being prepared will witness the hosting of those concerned with the financial file to find out the reasons behind the recent rise in exchange rates and what are the solutions on offer.”

And he stressed, “The need for there to be control over the high fever to prevent the worsening of the economic conditions in the country, especially since any rise will push the segments below the poverty line.”

For his part, the other representative, Thaer Makhaif, stated that “the rise in the exchange rates of the dollar, we expect it to be temporary, and due to external influences far from everyone’s will.”

He added, “Speculations and countries that interfere in the country’s economic policy have a stake in the issue of Iraq’s economies, as is the case in their interference in political affairs.”

And he feared that “prices will return to decline and stability during the coming period, especially after the recent government measures to increase the shares of banks.”

On a related note, Representative Baqir Kazem said, “The rise in the exchange rate these days will not last more than a month, after the new measures that are being implemented by the Central Bank.”

Kazem added, “The latter will work to sell the dollar to merchants in the circle of new credits, at subsidized prices, directly.”

He pointed out, “The reason for the increase is that many merchants transfer millions of dollars to money exchangers and fake companies working to smuggle it out of Iraq,” stressing that “the exchange rate after the new procedures will settle at 146 thousand Iraqi dinars compared to 100 dollars.”

Observers had confirmed that the reason for the rise in the dollar was the measures taken by the US Federal Bank against a number of Iraqi banks participating in the auction of selling the currency, which led to its exclusion, and a deficit in demand. %.


America renews its commitment to support the stability of Iraq

Two days before the “Baghdad Conference 2” in Amman Sunday – 25 Jumada Al-Awwal 1444 AH – December 18, 2022 AD 

Part of the preparations for the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership in its second edition in the Jordanian capital (AFP)

Baghdad: «Asharq Al-Awsat»

The United States renewed its commitment to support the stability of Iraq, two days before the second edition of the “Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership” will be held in the Jordanian capital, Amman, the day after tomorrow (Tuesday).
The media office of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani, said in a statement today (Sunday) that the Prime Minister “received a phone call from the White House Coordinator for Middle East and North Africa Affairs, Brett McGurk.” The statement added, “During the call, McGurk congratulated the Prime Minister on assuming his position,” stressing the continued support of the United States for Iraq’s stability, security, and sovereignty, and President Biden’s desire to strengthen strategic bilateral relations between the two countries.
The statement continued, “Al-Sudani stressed that Iraq is a unified, independent and sovereign state, and the priority of his government is to maintain balanced relations and build economic partnerships across the region and the world.”
According to the statement, the phone call “testified to the agreement of the two sides on the importance of continuing efforts to ensure the permanent defeat of (ISIS), and to support Iraq’s regional role in building bridges between the countries of the region.”
The statement also quoted the Iraqi Prime Minister as intending to “send a delegation, headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to Washington to promote the common interests of the two countries under the Strategic Framework Agreement. This will include discussing energy investment in Iraq and combating the effects of climate change.
The US ambassador to Baghdad, Alina Romansky, met about 6 times with Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani, since he took office, in late October, amid assurances from al-Sudani on the importance of building balanced relations with everyone based on common interests. .
Last week, Al-Sudani participated in the Arab-Chinese summit held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was attended, along with Arab leaders, by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The American support for the Sudanese government comes two days before the second edition of the Baghdad summit is held in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on Tuesday, under the slogan “Partnership and cooperation, and how we work together to support Iraq and its continuity of support.”
The first edition of the summit was held in August 2021 in Baghdad.
Al-Badrani adds, “The United States and even France have coordination with Arab countries, which sensed Iraq’s lost situation to protect itself from external violations, so it resorted to holding a conference that Iran and Turkey are supposed to attend, and an attempt to oblige them to diplomatic solutions, and put them in front of statements of violations of Iraq’s sovereignty; The United States does not want to leave Iraq in the hands of regional parties, and is trying to make the government of Muhammad Shia al-Sudani on the line of mutual understanding, coordination and cooperation.
Dr. Ihsan al-Shammari, head of the Center for Political Thinking in Iraq, told Asharq Al-Awsat that “the recurrence of American support for Iraq is linked to what I would call the American rotation and the rise of Iraq in the list of priorities for the American administration, as this is now pushing for more rapprochement on the one hand, and communication with Officials are there in Washington at the level of the Iraqi file ».
Al-Shammari asserts, “This support is part of an American plan that is trying to prevent Al-Sudani and his government from going towards Iran, as we witnessed at the time, the government of Adel Abdul-Mahdi. In addition, the United States of America has a strategic interest in securing energy sources to Europe, and even to its allies in Asia, and this prompts more communication, in addition to well-known files, such as the security file and the challenges of terrorism.
Al-Shammari explains that «this communication is certainly, in addition to what we mentioned, a message to Iran that Iraq’s affairs are not left to Iran, in order for it to expand its influence, as happened in previous governments. In addition, the government’s supporters, mainly (the framework forces), have begun to realize that it is not possible to return to the space of previous anti-American rhetoric, as well as even for al-Sudani, although he left the political environment of the (framework), but he must work according to The principle of balance, hence the process of sending the foreign minister to Washington with the aim of initiating new negotiations, within the framework of the strategic framework agreement, as well as the process of evaluating the presence of US forces in Iraq.

KRG says it is ready to cooperate with Federal forces


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Shafaq News / The Ministry of Peshmerga in the Kurdistan Region on Sunday said it will keep on cooperating with the Iraqi forces to win the war against terrorism.

In a statement, the ministry condoled the death of an Iraqi Major, and wished a speedy recovery for several other soldiers who have been injured an explosion in Sultan village, Kirkuk.

The Ministry reiterated its will to fully cooperate with the Iraqi forces until they win the war against terrorism.

Earlier today, a blast from a roadside bomb reportedly targeted a convoy for Iraq’s federal police in the southwestern sub-district of Riyadh. The blast killed eight troops, including a major, according to a security source.

In the aftermath of the attack, a search campaign was launched in the vicinity of the attack’s location to trace the perpetrators. The Force on duty identified the group of militants believed to be members of the Islamic State (ISIS) extremist organization.

The security force, according to a source, engaged with the militant group and managed to kill one of its members.

The operation is underway to locate and apprehend the rest of the group’s members, the source concluded.

Among them is the President of the Kurdistan Region. World Cup final brings together four Iraqi presidencies in Qatar

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Twilight News / Qatar News Agency Qena reported on Sunday that Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa al-Sudani arrived in the capital Doha to attend the final of the 2022 World Cup.

The Qatari agency said in a brief news that Al-Sudani arrived in Doha this morning to attend the final match of the World Cup, which will be held at Lusail Stadium this evening.

Earlier, the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, arrived in Qatar at the official invitation of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

A statement by the presidency of the region reported to Shafaq News said that Barzani will attend during his visit to Qatar, along with a well-known number of world leaders and leaders, the final match of the World Cup football tournament.

It is noteworthy that the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Mohammed Halbousi arrived in Qatar last month to follow the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

A picture seen by Shafaq News Agency also showed the presence of the President of the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council Faiq Zeidan sitting next to Halabousi on the stands of one of the Qatari stadiums to follow up on the Croatia-Morocco match, which took place yesterday, which took place on Saturday and ended with Croatia winning two goals to one.سیاسة/من-بينهم-ر-يس-اقليم-كوردستان-نها-ي-ك-س-العالم-يجمع-ربع-ر-اسات-عراقية-في-قطر

The Iranian Foreign Minister participates in the Baghdad Summit / 2

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The Iranian Foreign Minister participates in the Baghdad Summit / 2

  {International: Al Furat News} Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian will head to the Jordanian capital Amman tomorrow to participate in a regional conference on Iraq.

Abdullahian comes to the Jordanian capital, Amman, to participate in the second round of the Baghdad Conference {Baghdad / 2}.
After the Baghdad conference held last August, Amman will host the regional conference on Iraq on the 20th of this month.
Iran, Turkey and a number of Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, are scheduled to participate in this conference.