Talks between Erbil and Baghdad .. so prepared for the Kurdistan Region

International pressure on Baghdad to start …


01/12/2017 – 02:05

News / Kurdistan

International pressure continues to push the Iraqi government to start negotiations with the Kurdistan Regional Government, which prepared the working paper for the negotiations expected, and does not hide the latter’s desire to reach an agreement with the Iraqi government under the supervision and control of the United Nations and the United States of America.

The Kurdistan Parliament held on 15 November a session to discuss the draft Iraqi budget for the year 2018 and the share of the Kurdistan region, which was reduced from 17% to 12%.

After extensive deliberation, and based on the joint report of the legal and financial committees in the Parliament of Kurdistan, the Parliament approved by a majority of votes on a package of recommendations on the draft budget law of Iraq for next year. These recommendations included two sections, the first one on constitutional and legal issues, and the second on the financial aspect.

Kurdistan Parliament called on the Iraqi government to raise the proportion of the share of the region from the general budget of (12.67%) to (17%) according to the proportion practiced since last years. In the event that the percentage of (17%) is not approved, Parliament will approve the approval of 12.67% of the total Iraqi budget as the share of the Kurdistan Region without deducting the sovereign allocations, then the KRG is committed to exporting 250,000 barrels of crude oil.

Chairman of the Finance Committee in the Parliament of Kurdistan d. Ezzat Saber told Basnews that these recommendations were sent to the Kurdistan Regional Government to make them the main point in their talks with the Iraqi government. “If the Iraqi government is convinced of any of the two proposals (above), then the problem of budget and salaries in the Kurdistan region will be addressed.”

According to the information obtained by (Basnoyz), the government of the region in addition to the recommendations of the Parliament of Kurdistan, it has prepared a set of points on the problem of salaries of staff of the Territory for trading with the Iraqi government, where prepared lists of staff of the region according to the system Biometric to put it in front of the attention of senior officials in the Iraqi government, In terms of reaching an agreement on the share of the province of the Iraqi budget, and to pay the salaries of the region’s employees.

A source familiar with the agenda of the upcoming meeting between the Kurdistan Regional Government and Baghdad, told (Basneoz), saying, is scheduled to borrow the Iraqi government $ 4 billion from international bodies, the Kurdistan Regional Government to pay the share of the region of this loan according to the proportion agreed upon , As well as the salaries and balance of Peshmerga forces.

The source added that he did not specify the date of the talks expected between the two sides, but the provincial government prepared a set of files for discussion with Baghdad.

“Before the talks begin, we must know which file will be discussed, whether it is economic, political or military. The regional government will enter the talks according to the file for each meeting. It is not possible to deal with all the files in one round of talks.”

The source said that the first joint talks will be on the most important issue according to the current situation, and in case of reaching understandings on this, the other files will be opened to discuss them.

“The Kurdistan Regional Government is ready to start negotiations and the Iraqi government is supposed to set a date for its convening,” Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani told reporters after a meeting of the provincial council of ministers.

Barzani said, “Our position is clear, when Baghdad was ready to talk, we in the Kurdistan region have the desire to do so We believe that the outstanding problems between the Kurdistan region and Baghdad need to negotiate seriously, in order to come together for formulas of understanding on all the problems, that.”

Barzani said that all the loans borrowed by the provincial government from oil companies, will be submitted according to lists to the Iraqi government, and there are clarifications attached to all loans and how.

On the other hand, the Kurdistan Regional Government demanded officials in the United States of America to send their special envoy to mediate in the talks to be held between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. At the same time, Europe and the United States announced their support for the talks between Arbil and Baghdad and conduct them as soon as possible.

The press leaks that the Iraqi government is unwilling to have an intermediary in its talks with the Kurdistan Region, and this raises doubts about the seriousness of the commitment of the Iraqi government to the agreements that will be reached between the two sides.

For his part, said UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in Iraq, the UN mission in Iraq (UNAMI) is ready to mediate in the talks to address the problem of the budget of the Kurdistan region and salaries of its staff.

The adviser to the President of the Republic d. Abdullah Aliawi, that the international pressure on the Iraqi government will push Baghdad to demand soon from the Kurdistan region to send a delegation for the start of negotiations between the two sides, adding, “There are many pressures on the Iraqi prime minister to start negotiations with the Kurdistan Region and address the outstanding problems between the two sides, In the words of the President’s Adviser.

He noted d. Alawi also, that Iraq will not be able to sustain the war against Kurdistan, so he is forced to agree with him, “said the provincial government for its part, willingness to negotiate, and the task now rests with the Iraqi government to open the door to negotiate.

Four conditions for Baghdad to negotiate with Erbil … and warnings of a Sunni-Shiite war

«National Alliance» and the Kurds rely on the role of infallible in resolving the dispute … Washington renews its support for dialogue

Bright Resan

Dec 01, 2017

Baghdad: Arab and Kurdish political parties rely on the role of President Fuad Masum in bringing together the views between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, in preparation for the start of a dialogue ending the crisis that has intensified since the referendum on 25 September last.
The Shiite National Alliance, the possibility of playing the infallible «significant role» in resolving the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil, attributed to three reasons.
MP Hassan Khalati told al-Quds al-Arabi that the importance of the role of infallible comes from “it was not part of the separatist project, in addition to its position that represents the sovereignty of the country, as well as being a Kurdish component.”
He added: «All these things will contribute to the beginning of serious dialogue between the federal government, on the one hand, and the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, on the other hand, based on the foundations announced by the federal government earlier, and the other party to comply with them».
“These bases are to uphold the Iraqi constitution, abolish the results of the referendum held on September 25, and impose state authority in the disputed areas, as well as the return of border crossings and airports to the authority of the federal government,” he said.

temporary government”

In Erbil, political dialogues and discussions are being waged between the Kurdish parties in order to form a “provisional” government that will assume the task of dialogue with Baghdad.
The MP from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Mohamed Osman said in an interview with «Al Quds Al Arabi», that «there are negotiations and meetings within the Kurdistan region, between the Kurdish political parties, on the possibility of forming a new national salvation government, or keep the current government».
He continued: «If the Kurdish political leaders to reach a final solution will then proceed towards the Baghdad government to conduct the dialogue».
President Fuad Masum returned to Baghdad after meetings in Sulaymaniyah, Erbil and Kirkuk with Kurdish leaders.
Upon his return, he met with his office at the Peace Palace in the Iraqi capital, Barham Ahmed Saleh, head of the Alliance for Democracy and Justice.
According to a presidential statement, Masoum and Saleh discussed “political developments in Iraq and the region.” The meeting also discussed “efforts to resolve differences between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government and ways to enhance confidence and deepen understanding among Iraqis in all fields,” in reference to the need for dialogue “broad and serious” To develop the entire political process.
Following that meeting, Masoum received Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al-Jubouri and discussed “the latest political and security developments in Iraq and the region” as well.
The meeting focused on the importance of «the House of Representatives to accelerate the issuance of the law of elections for the House of Representatives for the next session and discuss the draft budget for 2018 in preparation for a vote».
He also stressed the importance of “promoting dialogue and understanding to resolve differences, deal with problems and crises, and move forward to strengthen national unity and protect the supreme interests of the country.”
But the statement issued by the Office of Jubouri, on the details of the meeting, talked about the two sides discussed «ways to activate the factors of permanent stability and resolve outstanding issues».
The two sides agreed on the need to “adopt a serious and genuine dialogue in ending all crises, especially between the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government,” as well as “adopting the specific time limits for the return of displaced people, reconstruction of liberated areas and provision of economic and development growth data.”
The meeting also discussed «the file of the upcoming elections, the federal budget, and the importance of cooperation between the Iraqi parties to adopt common visions aimed at unifying political discourse and strengthen the cohesion of the cohesion of society».

Nechervan Barzani meets the US ambassador

Meanwhile, the media revealed close to the Kurdistan Democratic Party, a meeting was held, on Thursday, between the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani, and the US ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Seelman.
According to the sources, the meeting dealt with “increasing the development of relations in various fields in a way that is in the interest of both sides,” as well as the two sides stressed the importance of «the beginning of serious dialogue between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, in accordance with the principles of the Iraqi constitution».
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) saw the US-Kurdish relationship as “continuing,” but warned of a forthcoming Sunni-Shiite war.
The PUK official, Mullah Bakhtiar, said during a meeting with the leaders of the 70th Peshmerga forces that “the National Union has not disintegrated, and it is time to hold its general conference.”
“The strategic interests of the great powers were in the past united with the strategic interests of the regional states,” he said, adding that “today, given that the economic interests of the superpowers unite with their regional counterparts in some subjects but different in other subjects , We see that the Iraqi government is attacking the Kurds, but the US intelligence and experts of other countries are still providing the Kurds with weapons to some extent ».
He added: “America and Britain program to consolidate their control more on the Middle East and the monopoly of Gulf oil,” continuing “to achieve this goal are currently strengthening the Sunni front, especially the Sunni oil countries.”
“For more than a month, tensions and disagreements between Sunni Arab states with Iran, Yemen, the Houthis and Lebanese Hezbollah have reached a peak.”
On the situation of the year of Iraq, he said that «the Sunnis met and reached their final decision that the current Iraqi government sectarian government can not accept them, and will not accept the elections in any form», pointing out that «some Shiites lined up with the Sunnis and took a position of the elections not to accept the conduct .
The Kurdish official pointed out that «the current situation in Iraq is complex and is not the situation that makes the Kurds fear a central government can impose all their agendas and decisions on them».
On the differences between the Sunnis and the Shiites, Bakhtiar said that «what we hear and see today is an introduction to the war, and this is the result of non-solution of political problems», adding that «the Kurds are not outside these conditions and must maintain neutrality».

Demonstrations of the Sadrist movement

In contrast, the followers of the Sadrist movement to take out demonstrations in all Iraqi provinces on Friday, «to prevent the return of former faces to power» in the country.
“Iraqis, you who reject the hell of humiliation and humiliation and overthrow the oppressors, so as not to give the corrupters the opportunity to regain control of our fate, our wealth and the future of our sons, and to allow them to return to the policy of ignorance and sectarianism and to build their palaces,” the committee overseeing the demonstrations said in a statement. With our money and our blood, we are called upon to raise our voice high on the need to hold accountable and prosecuted the corrupt who sold Mosul, and they have committed the corruption of the massacre of Spyker and Saqlawiyah, and many more ».
“We should stand in front of our forces to prevent the return of the former faces to power and decision, waiting for a mass movement of millions to change and reform,” she said. “So we will come out on December 1, as every Friday, and every day in his province. It’s three o’clock. “

Iraqi Foreign Minister: We need a “Marshall Plan”

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Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari

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Iraq’s foreign minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, said that after the war, his country needs to “support” wide international aid, similar to that offered by Washington to Western Europe after the Second World War.

“I ask the international community to help us, as well as to help us in a courageous fight,” the minister said in a speech at the Mediterranean Dialogue Forum in Rome on Thursday.

Referring to the large number of foreign nationals of the Da’ash group, the minister said that Iraq fought in the context of “a world war, and therefore the world today should help us.”

He added that “the Daash is no longer a strategic threat to the Iraqi regime,” calling on the international community to help Iraq in the reconstruction of destroyed cities such as Mosul, similar to what was done to German cities after World War II.

The Marshall Plan was named after a US aid program for Western Europe, particularly Germany, after World War II, which was introduced in 1947 by US Secretary of State George Marshall and entered into force in April 1948.

The program included 17 European countries. The stated goal was to rebuild the war-torn European economy, remove trade barriers, modernize European industry and develop the region as a whole.

Source: AFP + Agencies

Kadri Youssef


Iraq uses second international team to review contracts since 2003


 Baghdad / Mohammed Sabah 

The second multinational multinational investigation team will begin work early next month to examine contracts and transactions of state institutions since 2003, in pursuit of financial waste caused by executives.

In this context, the Integrity Commission confirms that the government has neglected reports submitted by a former international team that was formally contracted.
But the committee reveals the issuance of arrest warrants and the introduction of 18 ministers or ministers of the rank of minister, 274 general managers and the rank, and 9 agents of ministers, and 5 governors, and the three heads of councils of former and current provinces and 60 members of the provincial council.
Prime Minister Haider Abadi recently announced the start of the implementation of a comprehensive plan aimed at fighting corruption through the activation of the Supreme Council to combat corruption, which he presides. He revealed the use of the government by international experts to hunt down the heads of corruption.
At the beginning of last February, Al-Mada revealed that an international team, assisted by 7 government, parliamentary and judicial committees, was working to recover the smuggled Iraqi funds by conducting surveys of all files related to the entry and exit of funds within two years.
The UN team has begun searching for Iraqi funds smuggled over the past years, in accordance with an agreement concluded by the Abadi government with the United Nations, committing all countries to cooperate with the Iraqi government to recover the smuggled money.
“The international team used by the government to fight corruption consists of 21 investigators from American, British and other countries,” said Talal al-Zobaie, head of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee. “The team aims to eliminate the rampant corruption in state institutions.”
“It is the task of the international team to give expertise to the oversight bodies and the offices of the public inspectors,” Zobaie told Al-Mada yesterday. “The international team will provide the Integrity Commission, the Financial Control Bureau, the Integrity Commission and the inspectors general with detailed reports on the investigations to be carried out in all institutions.”
“The work of the international team that arrived in Baghdad recently is complementary to the previous international experts, and is not much different.” “The new team focuses on helping Iraqi investigators and training them to develop their expertise while giving ratings to the performance of all state institutions,” he said.
The head of the Integrity Commission said that “the new UN team will begin its work early next December, and will include a comprehensive and complete review of all contracts and files of the Iraqi state from 2003 with the follow-up work of the regulatory bodies.”
And on the wanted lists, which are being traded recently, said Talal Zobaie, “will issue arrest warrants to prosecute some corrupt,” stressing that “the regulatory bodies have investigated the charges against those officials and proved to be deficient in many files.”
“There are 18 arrest warrants against a minister or those with the rank of minister,” Zobaie said. “There is another department with letters of recruitment, some of whom are still fleeing outside Iraq.” He pointed out that “there are arrest warrants against 274 general managers, 9 agents or the rank of deputy minister, and 5 governors, and 3 heads of councils of former and current provinces.”
Al-Mada revealed in September that the international team, in cooperation with a tripartite committee formed by the Supreme Judicial Council, the Integrity Commission and the Parliamentary Integrity Committee, and after reviewing 650 files of previous decades, the judiciary issued arrest warrants against five former and current governors, Previously and currently or those of the rank of Minister.
“There are more than sixty members of the provincial council with arrest warrants, adding to them a number of current deputies who held executive positions in the previous government,” the head of the Integrity Commission said, but declined to disclose the number of deputies or charges against them.
At the same time, MP Aqeel al-Zubaidi, member of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee, that “the UN team came at the request of the government.” He pointed out that “the previous UN team provided the government detailed reports on the work of all ministries and monitor a lot of violations and financial and administrative breaches.”
But Zubaidi stressed in his interview with Al-Mada yesterday that “the reports of international investigators are not binding on the government,” pointing out that “the new international team will investigate the corruption of most of the ministries of the Iraqi state in previous years.”
“The government did not pay due attention to the reports of the previous international team, which was talking about wasting billions of dollars,” Zubaidi said.

Iraq to resume next year steel and iron industry


Editorial date:: 2017/11/30 23:31 • 16 times read
The Minister of Industry and Minerals Agency Mohamed Shiaa Sudanese, on Thursday, the re-operation of the iron and steel plant next year, in addition to starting the timing of the rehabilitation of a petrochemical plant in Basra.
Al Sudani said in a press statement that the iron and steel plant is close to completion of the Tahilah operations and will resume work next year by putting quantities of iron and steel to the market.
Al-Sudani added that a loan of about 7 billion and a half billion dinars had been obtained to rehabilitate the suspended units. He pointed out that the director of the plant had set close time limits to start operating one of the stopped production lines after being rehabilitated.
For his part, Director General of the General Company for Petrochemicals Khaled Kazem said that a number of production lines will be operated during the coming period, including the operation of four gas generators sequentially during the month of December and the operation of the remaining four generators in January next year.
“The factory’s main production line, the granule production line, needs more than seven months to eight to operate, but they will reduce the period from three to four months as the rehabilitation process of the plant coincides,” he said.
Kazem pointed out the formation of an operations room for all units of the plant in daily meetings with the general administration of the plant to overcome the routine and overcome the obstacles facing the completion of the rehabilitation of the plant and the operation of its production units.


The liberation of 60% of the desert of the island and the coming days will see the launch of its second page


Al-Anbar, Iraq – November 30: Joint security forces liberated 60% of the island’s desert and destroyed most of the densely populated oaks, this area” .

Rasul said that “this area has not been entered by the security forces since 2003 and was deployed in high intensity and take the starting point for the implementation of terrorist attacks on safe areas,” adding that “the operations of the second page will be launched within days and we will end at the Iraqi-Syrian border and 667 kilometers , So that we can say that we finished on all the sticks and pockets of desert in the end. ” AH

First marathon takes place in Mosul

Mosul ( A marathon has taken place for the first time on Thursday in Mosul with local, regional and international participation.

“Around 1,000 athletes from Iraq and other countries took part in the running race, which took place in the western coast of Mosul city,” Abdel Raziq Mohamed, the general coordinator of the marathon, told Shafaq News.

“The Algerian Selim al-Baghdady was the winner in the marathon which has a message that Mosul will not die and it is the land of peace,” he added.

It was from the Grand Nuri al-Kabir mosque when The group’s supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his first appearance in a video him making the sermon proclaiming the establishment of an Islamist “caliphate” in the Old City’s Grand Nuri Mosque in June 2014.

On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over Islamic State militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign.

A government campaign, backed by PMFs and a U.S.-led international coalition, has been fighting the Islamic State group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

The war against IS has displaced nearly five million people, with tens of thousands of civilians and militants killed since the launch of the offensives to recapture occupied cities.


Parliamentary Finance: 104 trillion dinars budget size and deficit 13.4%


Editorial date: 2017/11/30 21:12 • 243 times scheduled
(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) said a member of the Finance Committee parliamentary, the size of the state budget for the year 2018 is 104 trillion dinars.
Mahasen Hamdoun told the {Euphrates News}, that “the budget amount of 104 trillion Iraqi dinars and the default deficit of 14 trillion dinars [or 13.4%].”
She added that “the value of revenue budget is 90 trillion dinars and 77 trillion of which are the sale of oil (ie 85.5%) and 13 trillion of other sectors.”
Hamdoun pointed out that “the budget is free of appointments and grades and free any allocations for the reconstruction of liberated areas.”
A member of the Union of Iraqi Forces, a boycott of its budget coalition if it does not include allocations for liberated areas. “


The presidents and the parliament are discussing several files in Baghdad


Release date: 2017/11/30 15:54 • 126 times read
(Baghdad: al-Furat News) Speaker of the House of Representatives Salim al-Jubouri and the Republic Fuad Masum, on Thursday, several files after the return of the latter from the Kurdistan region, most notably the elections and the balance and dialogue between the center and the region.
“During the meeting, the security and political situation in the country and developments in regional and international situations, the victories of the heroic security forces against gangs, and the means of activating the factors of permanent stability and solving the outstanding problems were discussed,” a statement from Jubouri office said.
“The two sides agreed on the need to adopt serious and genuine dialogue in ending all crises, especially between the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, and adopting the specific time-frames for the return of displaced people and the reconstruction of liberated areas,” he added.
He pointed out that “the meeting dealt with the file of the upcoming elections, the federal budget, and the importance of cooperation between the Iraqi parties in order to adopt common visions aimed at uniting political discourse and strengthen the cohesion of social cohesion.”

Saudi Arabia announces a project in Iraq with millions of dollars and job opportunities


Aujan Coca-Cola Refreshments Company is preparing to launch a bottling plant in Iraq, expected to be next year, at a total cost of $ 66.6 million.
The plant, which includes juice and soft drinks production lines, is expected to provide more than 150 jobs. The plant will also play an important role in supporting Aujan Coca-Cola’s ongoing expansion plans in Iraq, enabling the company to meet growing domestic demand and serve neighboring markets.
The announcement of the new investment followed the participation of the company’s officials at the recent Baghdad International Exhibition, where the company participated in the exhibition in the group of companies co-led by the Saudi Export Development Authority. Is a perfect opportunity for Coca-Cola to confirm its commitment to expanding its operations across the region. ”
“The company has reached a stage of development that allows it to invest,” said Meshaal Al-Baris, vice president of strategic planning and business development at Aujan Coca-Cola. “The rapprochement in Saudi-UAE relations has contributed significantly to decision-making, The Saudi Export Development Authority has had a significant impact on this step, through the incentive provided by the Commission to invest in the Iraqi market.
The company is seeking to provide its products in the Iraqi market. The company has achieved excellent results through export operations in the past, in light of the success of its brands in the success of the Gulf markets, which contributed significantly to the strong entry into the market “The company has entered the Iraqi market since 2003 through export, and today the products will be provided through the plant to be established in Iraq, as the Iraqi market is one of the most promising markets in the Middle East.
The factory in Iraq is the fourth of the company Aujan Coca-Cola, after factories in the city of Dammam, “east of Saudi Arabia”, and the second plant in the UAE city of Dubai, while the third plant in Lebanon, explaining that the Iraqi factory will manufacture the three brands, Rani juice, “Perpican”, and concentrated juice «Vimto».
The Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Aujan Coca-Cola stressed that the motivation of the Saudi Export Development Authority has had the greatest impact on the decision to invest in Iraq, thanking the facilities provided by the Commission through its dealings with the company to enter the Iraqi market, in this A time when trade relations between Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are expected to increase.



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