Baghdad: PM’s visit to Washington ‘not on the table now’

According to the Iraqi foreign minister, days after statements attributed to him that the prime minister will visit the United States soon.


Baghdad: PM's visit to Washington 'not on the table now'

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Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein announced on Sunday that the visit of his country’s Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa Al-Sudani to Washington is “not on the table now.”

This statement was made by Hussein to the Saudi channel “Al-Arabiya”, days after statements attributed to him in Iraqi and Arab media that Al-Sudani’s visit to Washington is near.

Local media, including the “Baghdad Today” website (non-governmental), also quoted informed sources recently that Hussein will soon travel to Washington to arrange the procedures for the Sudanese visit and meet with US President Joe Biden.

“We need regional and Gulf countries and we are not on an isolated island,” Hussein said in remarks on Sunday. And I need the United States and work with it.”

Without giving reasons, he said that “the prime minister’s visit to Washington is not on the table now.”

As of 14:00 GMT, Washington had not been briefed on the prospects for the Sudanese to visit.

“The national interest determines the policy of relations with others,” Hussein stressed.

After a political crisis that lasted about a year, al-Sudani formed at the end of last October a government led by the “Coordinating Framework” coalition, which includes political wings of Shiite armed forces allied to Iran.

On Thursday, the American Wall Street Journal reported that Al-Sudani intends to send a high-level delegation to Washington for talks with US officials, expressing his hope that relations between Iraq and the United States will become like those between the latter and Saudi Arabia, for example.

Hussein told Al-Arabiya that “the tension between America and Iran affects us and we need to ease it,” pointing out that “Europe has become more hawkish towards Iran.”

Regional and Western capitals, led by Washington and Riyadh, accuse Iran of having an expansionist agenda in the region and interfering in the internal affairs of Arab countries, including Iraq, while Tehran says it adheres to the principles of good neighborliness.

On the presence of foreign forces, especially American forces in Iraq, Hussein said that “there are no foreign combat forces in Iraq,” and “the forces of the international coalition (to fight the terrorist organization ISIS) have turned into an advisory role.”

Iraqi forces allied to Tehran are pressing the Sudanese government to remove foreign forces from Iraq, especially after Washington killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and deputy head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Authority Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in an airstrike around Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020.

Two days after this raid, the Iraqi Council of Representatives adopted a resolution obliging the government of then-Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to remove all foreign forces from Iraq.

But the government later announced the shift of the tasks of those forces from fighting to advising and training Iraqi forces to prevent the return of ISIS.

On Iraq’s relationship with its neighbor Saudi Arabia, Hussein stressed that it has “become strong.”

On the economic front, he acknowledged that “there was dollar smuggling from the Iraqi market.”

Al-Sudani recently relieved central bank governor Mustafa Ghaleb Shib from his duties, after the Wall Street Journal quoted US sources as saying that there is money laundering of dollars and transferring them to Iran and other countries in the Middle East that are subject to US sanctions.الدول-العربية/بغداد-زيارة-رئيس-الوزراء-لواشنطن-غير-مطروحة-الآن/2800917#


Blinken: It is important that Iraq remains fully belonging to its Arab surroundings

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2023-01-29 10:05Font

Twilight News / US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Sunday that Iraq is “important” to remain fully belonging to its Arab surroundings.

“We are engaged in working with the Iraqi government to support the partnership between the two countries, and we continue to support Iraqi forces in the face of ISIS,” Blinken said in statements to Al-Hadith satellite channel.سیاسة/بلينكن-من-المهم-ن-يبقى-العراق-منتميا-بالكامل-لى-محيطه-العربي-ومنخرطون-بالعمل-لدعم-الشراكة-بين-البلدين

165,000 dinars for 100 dollars. Rising exchange rates in Baghdad and Kurdistan


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2023-01-29 07:06Font

Twilight News / The exchange rates of the dollar against the Iraqi dinar rose slightly, on Sunday, with the closure of the main stock exchange in Baghdad, and in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region.

A correspondent for Shafaq News Agency said that Al-Kifah Central Exchange closed in Baghdad at 165,000 Iraqi dinars for 100 dollars, while prices this morning were 164,000 Iraqi dinars for every 100 dollars.

Our correspondent pointed out that the prices of buying and selling in the banking shops in the local markets in Baghdad stabilized, where the selling price amounted to 166,000 Iraqi dinars, while the purchase prices amounted to 164,000 dinars per 100 dollars.

In Erbil, the dollar recorded a rise with the closure of the stock exchange, where the selling price reached 165,550 dinars per 100 dollars, and the purchase price is 165,525 dinars for 100 dollars.اقتصـاد/165-لف-دينار-مقابل-100-دولار-ارتفاع-اسعار-الصرف-في-بغداد-وكوردستان

Central Bank expands cash dollar outlets for travelers

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Central Bank expands cash dollar outlets for travelers


{Economic: Al-Furat News} The Central Bank of Iraq directed government banks (Al-Rafidain – Al-Rasheed – Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) to expand the outlets selling cash dollars to passengers at the country’s airports (Baghdad – Basra – Najaf – Erbil – Sulaymaniyah).

The bank also directed that receiving applications be in the morning and evening to include more passengers.

The Central Bank of Iraq indicated that the sale of the cash dollar includes travelers through land border crossings through the designated sales outlets in banks, after submitting the requirements for travel (visa or vehicle exit).

The Central Bank of Iraq denied this morning the news of preventing or restricting the sale of cash to citizens,” noting that “electronic registration ensures meeting the citizen’s need for dollars and prevents the recurrence of selling to the same person.” This measure is usually “as an opportunity for citizens to obtain the dollar for legitimate purposes without restrictions.”البنك-المركزي-يوسّع-منافذ-بيع-الدولار-النقدي-للمسافرين

Central Bank denies preventing or restricting cash sale of dollars

  • Time : 2023/01/29 10:42:36
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Central Bank denies preventing or restricting cash sale of dollars


{Economic: Al-Furat News} The Central Bank of Iraq denied preventing or restricting the sale of cash to the dollar.

The bank confirmed in a statement received by {Euphrates News} a copy of it that “electronic registration ensures that the citizen’s need for dollars is met and prevents the repeated sale of the same person.”

“This measure is an opportunity for citizens to obtain the dollar for legitimate purposes without restrictions,” he added.

The Central Bank of Iraq called on all media and the public to rely on the bank’s media office to obtain information related to the activities and procedures of the Central Bank of Iraq.البنك-المركزي-ينفي-منع-أو-تقييد-البيع-النقدي-للمواطنين