Years after its closure, Iraq and Jordan agree to travel by land to and from the two countries (document)

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Shafaq News/ The governments of Iraq and Jordan agreed to travel by land to and from the two countries, and to allow salon wheels to transport passengers as well, starting tomorrow, after years of closing it.

On Thursday, the mayor of Al-Rutba district, far west of Anbar Governorate, Imad Al-Dulaimi confirmed the approval of the governments of Iraq and Jordan, allowing “saloon wheels to transport passengers to and from Iraqi and Jordanian lands via the land route linking the two countries, after that was prevented for many years.” .

Al-Dulaimi pointed out, during his speech to Shafaq News Agency, that “allowing travelers to move between the two countries comes after confirming the international traveler’s card for anti-Coronavirus vaccination.”

He added that “the approval to move between the two countries included crude oil tankers, without going through the commercial exchange yard at the Trebil border port.”

Al-Dulaimi explained, “The port’s imports are subject to the federal budget law, which provides for the addition of 50% of it to the budget of the governorate in which the port is located.”

In the context, a document seen by Shafak News showed that the Jordanian Minister of Interior, Mazen Abdullah Al-Faraya, allowed “foreign travel cars operating on the (Amman – Baghdad) line, whether Jordanian or Iraqi, to work through the Karama Borders Center, and within the approved health conditions. “.

Al-Kazemi’s government takes 9 new decisions

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Shafaq News/ During its weekly session, on Thursday, the Iraqi Council of Ministers took 9 new decisions, two of them related to the Corona pandemic and the health reality in the country.

Al-Kazemi’s office said in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, that the Council of Ministers reviewed, during its session, the epidemiological report of the Corona pandemic, and the developments of the work of the Committee to Strengthen Government Measures in the areas of prevention and health awareness control; To limit the spread of the virus, and discuss the Ministry of Health’s health and preventive measures; To confront the pandemic, and provide vaccines with high flow to citizens.

In the context of discussing the Corona pandemic, and the health reality in Iraq, the Council of Ministers agreed on the following:

1. Requiring all Iraqis traveling outside of Iraq to present the international certificate of vaccination with the Covid-19 vaccine, starting from November 1, 2021, in addition to the requirements of the countries to which they are traveling, with the exception of those who have special cases that prevent them from being vaccinated or injured during the previous three months (reinforced with medical reports from the relevant committees), and obligating them to bring a negative PCR test that proves that they do not have Covid-19 disease when traveling.

2. Approval of authorizing the Ministry of Health to contract with the American General Electric Company (GE); To establish integrated centers for diagnosing cancer diseases by computed tomography (PTC/CT), with a number of nineteen centers, two centers in the capital, Baghdad, and one in each governorate, with the exception of the provisions of Article (3) of the instructions for implementing government contracts No. (2 of 2014), and the financing of the project shall be From the US Export Agency (EXIM BANK), according to the technical specifications prepared by the Ministry of Health with the aforementioned company.

The Council of Ministers also discussed a number of other topics on the agenda, and issued the following decisions:

First / authorizing the Municipality of Baghdad to negotiate the implementation of the automation project for the Municipality of Baghdad (Upgrading Program – Comprehensive Transformation of the Municipality of Baghdad), with the exception of the contracting methods stipulated in the instructions for implementing the federal general budget, and Cabinet Resolution (245 of 2019).

Second / Allocating the required plots of land from the Kadhimiya holy shrine free of charge, if the purpose of these lands is to expand the Holy Shrine, or to build and restore old religious schools, or to implement projects that serve the visitors.

Third / agree to the following:

1- Authorizing the Minister of Finance, Mr. Ali Haider Abdul Amir Allawi, to sign the following loan agreements with the relevant authorities:

A- Loan for financing the rehabilitation of the 400 kV Babel power station.

B- Loan for the Multiple Maintenance Project (Phase Five, PUP5).

C- Loan for a project to develop and rehabilitate multiple secondary stations, and implement power transmission lines/first phase.

D- A loan from the French Agency for Development (AFD) for the Khalidiya sewage project in Anbar Governorate.

E – A framework agreement and an agency agreement (financing in the form of deferred sales for the reconstruction project of the Technical Institute in Hawija).

F- A framework agreement and an agency agreement (financing in the form of deferred sales for the construction of metal silos to store wheat in Maysan Governorate).

g- A loan for the Hilla sewage project.

H- The Chinese aid agreement, based on the provisions of Article 2/Second/Deficit/2 of the Federal General Budget Law for the fiscal year/2021.

2- Authorizing the Director General of the Public Debt Department in the Ministry of Finance to sign with the Japanese side the loans of the Basra Refinery Development Project – the third loan of the FCC catalytic cracking unit, based on the provisions of Article (2/Second/Deficit/2), of the General Budget Law Federal for fiscal year 2021.

3- Approval of the financing terms for loans that are proven in the books of the Ministry of Finance, numbered (5386, 5718, 5720, 5722, 5748, 5880, 5882, 5884, 5886, and 5888) dated September 5, September 15, September 16, and 21 September 2021), in addition to the Basra Water Project.

Fourth / Amending Cabinet Resolution (83 of 2020) as follows:

The Ministry of Finance transferred an amount of (50,000,000) dinars, only fifty billion dinars, from the ministries to the Dhi Qar Governorate / Dhi Qar Governorate Reconstruction Fund, based on the provisions of Article (4 / First) of the Federal General Budget Law for the fiscal year / 2021.

Fifth / authorizing the Media and Communications Commission to have the authority to settle and clear debts owed by all media institutions, in return for advertising services for the benefit of the Iraqi state institutions in the educational, educational, health, energy rationalization, support for security institutions, investment, and other other vital sectors, According to clear controls and instructions set by the Federal Ministry of Finance with the Media and Communications Commission, provided that this settlement is effective until the fiscal year 2021.


1. Approval of the reports of flood and rain damage in the governorates of Maysan, Basra, Muthanna, Diyala, Anbar, and Wasit, which are linked to the Ministry of Agriculture’s letter No. (20945 dated August 18, 2021), provided that the sub-committees in the aforementioned governorates bear the validity of the information proven in Minutes and lists of damages within the 2022 budget.

2. Approval of the minutes of the committee investigating the records of damages in the province of Maysan prepared in 2019, which is linked to the letter of the Ministry of Agriculture No. (21588 dated August 25, 2021), provided that the committees for auditing damages composed in the aforementioned province bear the validity of the information proven in the records and lists of damages within Budget 2021 and Abu Ghraib.


– Approval of authorizing the Minister of Finance to sign the World Bank loan agreement to finance the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines and supplies, according to the following conditions:

1- The amount of the loan (98,000,000) dollars, only ninety-eight million dollars.

2- The loan term is 12 years, including 4 years grace period.

3- The interest rate is the reference rate of interest on the dollar plus a variable margin.

4- A one-time down payment commission (0.25%).

5- A commitment commission of (0.25%) annually on the unwithdrawn amounts of the loan, starting after 18 months from the date of approval of the loan by the World Bank.

– Approval of authorizing the Minister of Finance or whomever he authorizes to sign a grant agreement for the vaccination project against Covid-19, from the Trust Fund for the Reform, Recovery and Reconstruction of Iraq RF 13, for the benefit of the Ministry of Health in the amount of (2,000,000) dollars, only two million dollars, provided that the provisions of Article ( 1/First/Fourth) of the Federal General Budget Law.

– Approval of the financial conditions fixed in the Ministry of Finance letter No. (6040) dated September 28, 2021.

Iraq closes all its airports for about 3 days

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Mubasher: The Iraqi authorities announced today, Thursday, the decision to close the country’s airports for about 3 days.null

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority said, in a statement issued, today: “We inform our passengers and all airlines operating in Iraq that all Iraqi airports (Baghdad – Najaf Al-Ashraf – Basra – Erbil – Sulaymaniyah) are closed.”

And she stated, that the decision will take effect from 21:00 on October 9, 2021, until 06:00 on the 11th of the same month.

Iraq suspends official working hours to celebrate its National Day

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The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced the suspension of official working hours next Sunday to celebrate the National Day.
And the secretariat stated in a statement, “It was decided to suspend the official working hours on Sunday, corresponding to the third of October, to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of Iraq.” Ended 29 / h

An American official: We look with great interest to our relations with the Kurdistan Region

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Shafaq News/ The US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran, Jennifer Gavito, confirmed on Thursday that her country views with great interest its relations with the Kurdistan Region.

This came during her reception and the accompanying delegation by the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, in Erbil.

The regional government said in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, that “the situation in Iraq and relations between the Kurdistan Region and the United States took place in the meeting, which was attended by the US Consul General in the Kurdistan Region, Robert Palladino.”

The US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State pointed to “the important and special status of the Kurdistan Region, as the United States views its relations with the region with great interest, and that her visit comes to reaffirm America’s support for the Kurdistan Region.”

For his part, the Prime Minister thanked the United States for its continuous support for the region, and presented an overview of the reforms undertaken by the Kurdistan Regional Government to diversify sources of income and establish a strong economic infrastructure.

The two sides also dealt with the upcoming elections for the Iraqi parliament and the strategic dialogue between Iraq and America, as well as ways to confront terrorist threats.

Iraq closes its borders for two days to secure the protection of the electoral process

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The Supreme Security Committee for Elections revealed, on Thursday, September 30, 2021, new directives related to the polling day scheduled for the tenth of next October regarding airports, ports and motorcycles.

The spokesman for the committee, Brigadier General Ghaleb Al-Attiyah, said in a statement to the media, which was followed by “The Obelisk”, that movement between the governorates will be limited and all airports and border crossings will be closed from the ninth of October to the morning of the 11th of the same month.

And he indicated that these measures came to ensure the full protection of the electoral process, noting that the movement of motorcycles within the cities will also be prohibited and movement of the rest of the vehicles will be available in order to facilitate the movement of voters from their homes to the electoral centers.

He added that other measures were taken to facilitate the movement of people with special needs and the disabled and to provide them with assistance to reach the electoral centers, indicating that the Elections Security Committee issued directives and orders to the sub-committees in all governorates.

The Supreme Electoral Security Committee had previously announced its readiness for polling day, noting that it had conducted a comprehensive review of the potential security challenges and risks and put in place appropriate solutions.

Legislative elections are scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 10.


Iraq officially agrees to open the Jamima border crossing with Saudi Arabia

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On Thursday, the Border Ports Authority in Iraq agreed to open the Jamima border crossing with the Saudi side.

This came during the Ports Authority chairing the ninth meeting of the authority’s council in the presence of all its members, which was held in two parts, in attendance at the authority’s headquarters and through closed circuit television, according to a statement issued by the authority.

The statement, received by “Al-Iqtisad News”, stated that the Council voted to adopt the recommendations of the committee sent to the Muthanna Governorate regarding the approval of opening the “Jamimah” border crossing, after obtaining the approval of the Saudi side to open an opposite port and the governorate’s preparation of all infrastructure and requirements.

Among the issues that have been emphasized is not agreeing to change the border port of the exempted goods unless there is a force majeure circumstance, provided that the issue is presented at the nearest session for discussion and a decision is obtained from the Board of the Authority to change or not, according to the statement.

Iraq has “official” border ports along its borders with the six surrounding countries, and the number of these ports is 22 land and sea ports, in addition to the air ports represented by airports.

Standard & Poor’s announces its new rating for the Iraqi economy

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{Economic: Al Furat News} The report submitted by the agency {Standard & Poor’s} on the credit rating praised the Iraqi economy’s continuation of maintaining its credit rating as a result of the ongoing economic reforms of the financial policy in Iraq. 

 And a statement of the Iraqi Ministry of Finance, of which the agency {Euphrates News} received a copy, stated that “the new classification comes to reflect the continued preservation of the level of foreign currency reserves that exceeds the service of the external public debt and the fulfillment of other external financial obligations as a result of the rise in crude oil prices and their recovery in the third and fourth quarters of the year.” Present”.

The agency also confirmed, according to the statement, “the possibility of improving Iraq’s credit rating in the event of a high rate of economic growth in Iraq, diversification of the state’s oil and non-oil public financial revenues, an increase in the per capita income share of national income, and the continuation of financial and economic policy reform measures as mentioned in the economic reform paper (white paper). Which would strengthen the financial and economic policy of the Iraqi government.”

UNHCR and UNAMI discuss latest preparations for October elections

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{Local: Al Furat News} The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Judge Jalil Adnan Khalaf, discussed with the Head of the United Nations Mission in Iraq, Jenin Blaschaert, the final preparations for the October 10, 2021 poll. 

Khalaf began the meeting by providing a full briefing on the overall steps and the latest preparations at the level of Iraq for holding the elections, at the level of the efforts made by the staff of the Electoral Commission over the past months.
For her part, Plasschaert affirmed the continuous support of these preparations by the United Nations Mission and its unlimited cooperation with the current Board of Commissioners in order to achieve discreet elections that enjoy the confidence of the Iraqi street.
At the end of the meeting, the Head of the United Nations Mission thanked all the members of the Board of Commissioners for their work and for their constant follow-up to the observations that develop the electoral process and push it forward.

Kurdistan announces the suspension of work next Sunday

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Shafaq News/ The Kurdistan Regional Government announced the suspension of official working hours in all its institutions and departments on the occasion of (Independence Day of the Republic of Iraq).

The Department of Information and Information in the Kurdistan Regional Government said in a statement, “Sunday 10/03/2021 (Independence Day of the Republic of Iraq), which is an official holiday in all government institutions according to the official calendar of the government in the Kurdistan Region.”

Iraq gained its independence in accordance with international law on the 3rd of October 1932, after decades of occupation and then the British Mandate.