Iraq calls on Washington to return to negotiations to discuss the future of the “coalition”


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Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein

February 8, 2024 01:22

The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced yesterday that Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein stressed in a phone call with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken the necessity of returning to dialogue and the negotiating table to discuss the future of the international military coalition led by the United States in Iraq.
The talks between the two countries began in January, but less than 24 hours later, three American soldiers were killed in an attack on the Syrian-Jordanian border, which led to the talks stopping since then.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry statement said that during his call with Blinken, Hussein stressed the Iraqi government’s rejection of such attacks and informed him that “Iraq is not an arena for settling scores between rival countries.”
The United States has 2,500 soldiers in Iraq who provide advice and assistance to local forces to prevent the return of the terrorist organization ISIS, which in 2014 took control of large parts of Iraq and Syria before its defeat. 
After the withdrawal, Iraq is keen to establish bilateral relations with coalition members, including military cooperation in the field of training and equipment.
Hussein formally called on the US Treasury Department to reconsider the sanctions it imposed on several Iraqi banks, and asked whether those sanctions had been imposed due to compliance issues or “for other political reasons.”

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Responsible For Attacking Our Forces.. Washington Adopts Targeting The Leader Of Kataib Hezbollah

02/08/20241622

On Wednesday evening, US Central Command announced that it had carried out a strike in the capital, Baghdad, that resulted in the killing of the commander of the Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq.

Its statement stated, “At 9:30 p.m. on February 7, US Central Command (CENTCOM) forces launched a unilateral strike in Iraq in response to attacks on US service members, killing the Kataib Hezbollah commander responsible for direct planning.” And participating in attacks on American forces in the region,” the statement said.

He noted that “there are no indications of collateral damage or casualties among civilians at this time.”

The statement stressed that “the United States will continue to take the necessary measures to protect our people.”

The US Army Central Command stressed that it “will not hesitate to hold accountable all those who threaten the safety of our forces.”

A wheel was targeted, likely by a drone, in the Al-Mashtal area, east of the capital, Baghdad, on Wednesday evening, resulting in the killing of 3 people, including a leader in the Hezbollah Brigades.

For its part, the Joint Operations Command announced that a specialized technical team from the security services had begun investigating an incident targeting a civilian vehicle within the Al-Mashtal area, east of the capital, Baghdad, noting that “this targeting led to the burning of the vehicle and the martyrdom of those inside it, and the investigation is still ongoing to determine the means and source of the targeting.” .

The Popular Mobilization Forces merely mourned the martyrdom of Abu Baqir al-Saadi.

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An aerial bombardment destroys a civilian wheel and a popular crowd store in Baghdad. Video

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2024-02-07 12:37Font

Shafaq News / Several security sources said, on Wednesday evening, that an air bombardment is likely that it was from a drone that destroyed a civilian wheel carrying people, as well as a warehouse for the Popular Mobilization in two areas east of the capital Baghdad.

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World Bank: Iraq’s electronic payment systems infrastructure among the best in the region

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Economy News – Baghdad

The Governor of the Central Bank, Ali Mohsen Al-Alaq, discussed today, Wednesday, with a delegation from the World Bank headed by the Director of the World Bank Office in Iraq, Richard Abdel Nour, reform programs for the stability of the financial sector in Iraq, while the latter praised the measures to facilitate financial transfers.

The Central Bank’s media said, in a statement received by “Economy News”, that “Al-Alaq received a delegation from the World Bank headed by the Director of the World Bank Office in Iraq Richard Abdel Nour, and during the meeting, they discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation between the Central Bank of Iraq and the World Bank and discussed electronic payment projects, financial inclusion, as well as reform programs to promote the stability and development of the financial sector.”

The two parties also discussed “the support of the World Bank to provide advice in the establishment of the Riyada Bank, which is dedicated to financing small projects in Iraq with the support of the International Finance Corporation.”

In turn, the World Bank delegation praised “the procedures of the Central Bank of Iraq in facilitating financial transfers to various segments in Iraq,” noting that “the infrastructure of electronic payment systems and software systems in Iraq are among the best systems in the region.”


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Washington renews its support for the Iraqi government in the field of economic cooperation

Economy| 10:06 – 07/02/2024

Mawazine News – Baghdad

The United States of America renewed its keenness to continue joint work and communication between the two sides, and to support the Iraqi government in various fields, especially in the field of economic cooperation.
A statement by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry received by Mawazine News said that “the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs received a phone call yesterday evening from US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, as part of the follow-up to the most prominent developments and regional and international issues of common interest.”
He added, “During the call, the attacks launched by the United States of America on military and civilian sites in the areas of Okashat and Al-Qaim, which targeted Iraqi security forces that resulted in the martyrdom of a number of security forces and Iraqi civilians.”
The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister stressed “the rejection of the Government of Iraq for such attacks and the need to stop them and that Iraq is not an arena for settling accounts between the opposing countries, stressing the need to return to the table of dialogue and negotiations within the framework of the meetings of the Supreme Military Committee. The two sides also stressed the importance of working to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries and continue coordination and consultation during the coming period to follow up on the paths of joint action in order to face the increasing challenges in the region.”
Hussein touched on “the sanctions imposed by the US Treasury on seven Iraqi banks recently preceded by sanctions on fourteen Iraqi banks, as the reasons behind the imposition of such sanctions were not indicated, and whether Washington’s imposition of these sanctions came due to the lack of discipline of these banks in implementing instructions and banking compliance rules, or for other political reasons, especially as the US Treasury Department is in constant contact with the Central Bank of Iraq.”
He pointed out that “these banks have an important and significant role in financing the expenses of the ration card and providing the food basket for Iraqi families with limited income, and the minister officially called for a review of the US Treasury decision on the subject, and pointed to Iraq’s keenness to build partnership and cooperation relations with friendly countries and joint work towards confronting economic and security challenges in a way that supports the consolidation of stability in the region.”
For his part, the Foreign Minister stressed his keenness to “continue joint work and communication between the two sides, and to support the Iraqi government in various fields, especially in the field of economic cooperation.”

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Iraq calls on US Treasury to reconsider sanctions on civil banks

Economy| 10:19 – 07/02/2024

Mawazine News – Baghdad
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry called on the US Treasury to reconsider the decision to impose sanctions on some civil banks.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement received by Mawazine News that “the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs received a phone call yesterday evening, from US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, as part of the follow-up of the most prominent developments and regional and international issues of common interest.”
The statement added, “The Secretary of State touched on the sanctions imposed by the US Treasury on seven Iraqi banks recently preceded by sanctions on fourteen Iraqi banks, as the reasons behind the imposition of such sanctions have not been stated, and whether Washington’s imposition of these sanctions came due to the undiscipline of these banks in implementing banking instructions and compliance rules, or for other political reasons, especially as the US Treasury Department is in constant contact with the Central Bank of Iraq.”
He pointed out that “these banks have an important and significant role in financing the expenses of the ration card and providing the food basket for Iraqi families with limited income,” he officially called for “a review of the US Treasury decision on the subject.”
He pointed out that “Iraq is keen to build partnership and cooperation relations with friendly countries and joint work towards facing economic and security challenges and in a way that supports consolidating stability in the region.”

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