With cooperation between Al-Sudani and Nechirvan Barzani, the Kurdistan Region participates for the first time in the Arbaeen visit plan

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Shafaq News/ A source in the Prime Minister’s office, Muhammad Shia’a Al-Sudani revealed, on Thursday, the participation of the Kurdistan Region Presidency in sending 100 modern buses as part of the government plan to transport and promote the Arbaeen visit.

The source told Shafaq News agency, “The Prime Minister’s office proposed to the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region to participate in the transfer plan, and the proposal was supported and interacted by the President of the region, Nechirvan Barzani.”

The source explained that “the transportation plan for this year differs from previous years,” stressing that “Al-Sudani’s directives are to rent about 1,200 large buses, along with 200 small buses, to add them to more than 2,000 government buses and cars, and to run 23 trains, to prevent extortion and exploitation of visitors during the transportation process from And to Karbala.


UrgentThe Sudanese will visit Iran next week.

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{Political: Euphrates News} Iranian state news agency reported on Thursday that Prime Minister Mohammad Shiaa al-Sudani will visit Iran next week.

According to {Irena}, the Sudanese “will visit the Iranian province of Khuzestan next week.”
“Iranian Vice President Mohammad Mohammad will also visit Khuzestan to receive and meet with the Sudanese next week,” she said.
Irina referred to an informant “will open large service and urban projects in the governorate.”


Visa cooperates with the Central Bank of Iraq to promote awareness of the importance of digital payments

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Visa, the leading global digital payments company, announced on Thursday its cooperation with the Central Bank of Iraq to promote awareness of the importance of digital payments, noting that the campaign has the support of Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa Al-Sudani.

“The world’s leading company in the field of digital payments, in partnership with the Central Bank of Iraq, launched an initiative to introduce merchants and consumers in Iraq to the benefits of digital payments, and to raise awareness about the safety and security of these transactions,” said a statement from “Eqtisad News.”

He added that “this initiative has the support of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mohammed Shiaa Al-Sudani; and aims to encourage the population of Iraq to adopt the financial independence provided by the system of non-cash payments.”

“The campaign, in partnership with the Central Bank of Iraq, seeks to build a secure digital payments system for merchants and consumers by reducing the use of paper money, promoting cashless payments and contactless payment solutions, and empowering people through financial inclusion,” the statement said.

Commenting on the topic, the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Ali Mohsen Al-Alaq, said: “We at the Central Bank of Iraq are pleased to cooperate with Visa as part of this awareness campaign for traders and consumers. We have always been keen to support financial inclusion initiatives across the country, along with relevant regulatory frameworks and oversight processes. Iraq remains a major supporter of digital financial services in line with the strategic plan of the Central Bank of Iraq.”

He added that “in its first phase the campaign will focus on educating the growing community of merchants and customers of Visa. Throughout history, merchants have been clearly cautious about using POS devices, which explains the heavy reliance on cash payment solutions. However, there is an increasing demand for digital payments in Iraq, where it is expected to grow by 14.23% between 2023 and 2027. This initiative will increase financial literacy and enhance financial inclusion, especially since about 80% of Iraq’s population still does not have bank accounts, or does not have access to digital payments solutions.”

He pointed out that “the campaign will see the introduction of merchants and customers to the process of issuing cards, including obtaining and activating Visa cards, and using them for daily transactions with the application of realistic use cases such as online shopping payments, supermarkets and fast food restaurants. Visa’s efforts also include hosting training workshops, and developing user-friendly toolkits for merchants and consumers to speed up the acceptance and use of digital payments.”

In this regard, the Director General of Visa for the Arab Mashreq region, Mario Makary, said in the same statement: “There are great advantages to the cashless economy. Visa, we are actively seeking to provide these benefits to the population of Iraq, 80% of whom still do not have bank accounts and do not adequately access the digital payment services they need. Our new campaign, which has the support of the Prime Minister and the Central Bank of Iraq, is in line with the goals of Iraq’s Vision 2030 aimed at promoting financial inclusion and building a diversified economy.”

“The world’s economies are experiencing rapid development in conjunction with the increasing use of digital technology in all fields of life,” he added. Based on our deep belief in the importance of education and education to develop and move forward, we urge all our traders and consumers to help build this cashless system in Iraq, and enjoy all its economic benefits. Visa has been cooperating for years with the Central Bank of Iraq and key players in the sector to enhance financial knowledge by providing tools that facilitate digital commerce.”

He pointed out that “the Iraqi government is recently seeking the digital transformation of the country to achieve diversified economic growth in response to Iraq’s Vision 2030. Last January 2023, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a mandate to use POS in all governmental and non-governmental institutions, furthering Visa’s efforts in Iraq.”

“Visa is always striving to stay at the forefront of innovation in its endeavors to create the largest open global network characterized by dynamic technology, partnerships and individuals,” the statement concluded. By establishing many initiatives and partnerships from Iraq, Visa has achieved a pioneering achievement represented in the launch of the country’s first digital payment card and multi-currency cards. From this ancient country, Visa has succeeded in achieving advanced, safe and world-class capabilities, including providing customers with a rich and rewarding experience.”



US Ambassador to Baghdad praises the steps of the defense minister during the security dialogue in Washington

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US Ambassador Alina Romanowski on Wednesday praised the steps of Iraqi Defense Minister Thabet Mohammed Al-Absi during the joint security dialogue between Baghdad and Washington.“It’s great to meet with the Secretary of Defense again after the joint security dialogue that took place in Washington, D.C., earlier this month where we strengthened the ‎ of the U.S.-Iraqi Comprehensive Partnership,” Romanowski said in a tweet.“We are working to create solutions for a better future for all Iraqis,” she continued.


Erdogan’s Iraq’s water envoy and a set of proposals to tackle the drought crisis

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Shafaq News / Iraqi President Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid, during his reception, on Wednesday, the Turkish President’s Permanent Special Envoy to Iraq for Water Affairs, stressed the importance of providing Iraq with the operational plan and indicating the minimum water releases that reach the Tigris and Euphrates basins, and pointed to the submission of a set of proposals, while the envoy “I give Erdogan” exceptional attention to the file.

The Presidency of the Republic said in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency that Rashid, today, at the Baghdad Palace, the Permanent Special Envoy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Iraq for Water Affairs, Faisal Iroglu, accompanied by a high-level delegation of experts and consultants specialized in the field of water, dams, irrigation, agriculture and environmental energy.

At the beginning of the meeting, which was attended by the Ministers of Water Resources, Aoun Diab Abdallah and Environment Nizar Amidhi, Faisal Iroğlu conveyed the greetings and appreciation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the President of the Republic, who conveyed him in return his greetings and appreciation to President Erdogan, where he stressed that the relations between the two countries are deep and historic and that the problems related to the water situation are not intractable or impossible to solve and need serious decisions that are in the interest of the two countries and work to implement them.

The importance of developing and strengthening bilateral relations was also stressed, especially in the field of joint cooperation in the water file and working to update joint understandings and agreements in this regard in a way that achieves the interests of the two friendly countries and peoples.

In this regard, the President stressed the importance of providing Iraq with the operational plan and indicating the minimum water releases that reach the Tigris and Euphrates basin. His Excellency also stressed the need to exchange technical observations between the two sides for the purpose of agreeing on a final joint understanding, noting that the Iraqi government is working intensively to strengthen, develop and improve water management throughout the country.

The President of the Republic stressed that the whole world, especially the Middle East, is facing a water crisis as a result of the phenomenon of climate change and its serious repercussions of drought and desertification, pointing out that Iraq suffers from severe problems in this regard, as well as the great shortage of rain and snow, which affected the walks of life and agriculture, explaining that the sources of rivers and tributaries entering it all come from neighboring countries.

The President of the Republic pointed out that Iraq is in the process of submitting a set of proposals to the Turkish side regarding facing the water crisis for the purpose of discussing and agreeing on it and reaching a final, actionable result with regard to water quotas.

For his part, Davutoglu expressed his happiness at meeting Rashid, noting that his country looks forward to serious and fruitful cooperation in the water file to reach positive understandings that serve the supreme interests of the two neighboring countries, stressing President Erdogan’s focus on the importance of giving exceptional attention to Iraq’s water needs.

The Special Envoy also presented to the Turkish President a detailed report on the works and projects that the Turkish side can do in the field of cooperation with Iraq on the subject of confronting the water crisis, desertification and the development of water management and irrigation methods.


A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government visits Baghdad today

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Shafaq News / A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government headed today, Wednesday, the capital Baghdad.

According to the information obtained by Shafaq News Agency, the delegation’s visit aims to discuss with the concerned authorities in the federal government about the monthly salaries of employees and workers in the public sector in the region, in addition to Kurdistan’s share of the budget.

For its part, the Ministry of Finance and Economy in the regional government said in a statement that the delegation of the Kurdistan Region headed by Ouat Janab Nuri, Minister of Finance and Economy, went to Baghdad in order to track the salaries of the employees of the Kurdistan Region in July and August, and to obtain all the financial dues of the region in the Iraqi budget law.

The Kurdish delegation had announced the postponement of its visit to Baghdad due to the death of the father of the Iraqi Oil Minister, days before the death of his sister and daughter in a horrific traffic accident in the south of the country.

Yesterday, Tuesday, the head of the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region, Fawzi Hariri, considered it “illegal and unfair” the failure to send the financial dues to the region by the federal government.

In a statement he made to reporters yesterday, Hariri said that the Kurdistan Regional Government has the right to take any action in order to protect the rights of the people of Kurdistan, stressing that the presidency of the region supports the government within this framework.


Al-Sudani receives a phone call from the French President

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Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani received today, Tuesday, a phone call from French President Emmanuel Macron.

The media office of the Prime Minister stated, in a brief statement, that “Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani received a phone call from French President Emmanuel Macron.” Ended 29


Disrupting official working hours for two days in Iraq

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Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Council of Ministers decided to suspend official working hours for Wednesday and Thursday next week.

The media office of the Prime Minister said, in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, that the council decided to suspend official working hours for Wednesday and Thursday of next week, corresponding to September 6 and 7, on the occasion of the commemoration of the fortieth visitation ceremony.

The council set, according to the statement, next Sunday the date for the regular session of the Council of Ministers.


Finance Committee Chairman: New Central Bank Track Will Maintain Cash and Exchange Rate



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The head of the parliamentary finance committee, Atwan Al-Atwani, confirmed that the path of the new central bank will maintain cash and exchange rate.

“The path of the new central bank will maintain cash and the exchange rate,” Al-Uqwani said to the “tenth” program, which is presented to Al-Iraqiya News, followed by “the news,” “the path of the new central bank will maintain the dollar and exchange rate.”
He added, “The turnout rate on the electronic platform has reached more than 85 percent,” noting that “the central bank wants to deal with solid companies that disclose the final beneficiary.”
He pointed out that “border crossings do not collect more than 10 percent of the customs tariff,” stressing “the need for there to be determinants of trade in all its forms.”
He continued, “Irregular trade has disrupted the Iraqi economy,” noting that “there are non-government routes that allow the entry of goods without fees.”
He pointed out that “there is control over the sale of dollars through the electronic platform,” stressing that “the Central Bank has launched an initiative to support banks with housing loans.”
He went on to say: “High-Price investment housing projects must be reviewed,” pointing out that “the Iraq Fund for Development aims to provide an attractive environment for investment.”
He pointed out that “Begy refinery will return work again after returning its stolen materials.”


Turkish Trade Minister announces the imminent visit of Erdogan’s envoy to Iraq

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{Political: Al-Furat News} Turkish Foreign Minister Omar Polat, President of the Republic Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid, informed during their meeting on Tuesday at Baghdad Palace, that his country’s envoy Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Iraq soon.

A statement by the Presidency of the Republic received {Euphrates News} a copy of it said that “at the beginning of the meeting, the Turkish minister conveyed to President Rashid the greetings of the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while Rashid the minister conveyed his greetings and wishes to President Erdogan.”
President Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid stressed the importance of strengthening the relations between the two countries in various fields, especially economic, trade and environmental, and developing them to achieve common interests.
The President of the Republic pointed to the need for continuous cooperation and coordination, especially in the field of the water file, in a way that enhances understanding, pointing to the importance of security and stability for the two countries.
His Excellency also stressed the importance of the work of Turkish companies in many economic sectors and cooperation in industrial fields, especially in qualifying Iraqi factories and factories, strengthening trade between the two countries, and taking advantage of investment opportunities in Iraq, explaining that the government is working to support the private sector, encourage investment, improve infrastructure, start reconstruction projects and provide services related to the requirements of citizens.
For his part, Minister Omar Bollat expressed his happiness to meet with His Excellency the President of the Republic, stressing his country’s keenness to consolidate bilateral relations with Iraq in various fields and work to solve outstanding issues through dialogue.
The Turkish minister affirmed his country’s determination to develop trade and economic cooperation, noting that Iraq is an important center in trade for Turkey.
He added that the recent period witnessed many contacts and visits for a number of officials in both countries, stressing in this regard that the envoy of Turkish President Faisal Oglu is hoped to visit Iraq soon.