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  2. PM Masrour Barzani concludes meetings with world leaders at Munich Security Conference Hiwa Shilani | 2 hours ago Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and his accompanying delegation at the Munich Security Conference, Feb. 16, 2020. (Photo: KRG) Kurdistan KRG Peshmerga ISIS Iraq Turkey IranGermany Britain https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/9f9a6474-7d65-43a5-a7c8-31afdf1a8357 ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani concluded his meetings with world leaders at the 2020 Munich Security Conference, where he discussed security and stability in Iraq and the Middle East, in general. During his meeting with Mark Sedwill, the National Security Adviser of Britain, Prime Minister Barzani and Sedwill both stressed the need to further strengthen the relationship between the Kurdistan Region and Britain, a statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) website read. They also highlighted additional coordination in the fight against the so-called Islamic State, which they agreed still poses a serious threat to Iraq and the region. Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani meets with Mark Sedwill, the National Security Adviser of Britain, Munich, Germany, Feb. 16, 2020. (Photo: KRG) Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani meets with Germany’s Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Niels Annen, Munich, Germany, Feb. 16, 2020. (Photo: KRG) Barzani also met with Germany’s Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Niels Annen, to discuss the latest developments in Iraq and the region, as both sides agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties between the Kurdistan Region and Germany. Prime Minister Barzani “acknowledged Germany’s role as part of the Global Coalition against ISIS and stressed the importance of continued German support for the Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces, as they tackle the growing terrorist threat,” a KRG statement said. “Minister Annen recognized the stability and prosperity in the Kurdistan Region, calling it a role model of governance in Iraq and the region.” Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani meets with the Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Munich, Germany, Feb. 16, 2020. (Photo: KRG) During the third and last day of the Munich Security Conference, Prime Minister Barzani met with the Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu. “Prime Minister Barzani and Minister Cavusoglu reviewed the latest developments in Iraq and the wider region. They discussed ways of expanding bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Region and Turkey, with a particular focus on improving trade links,” a KRG statement read. “Both sides agreed to coordinate their efforts to de-escalate tensions in Iraq and across the region.” Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani meets with the Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Munich, Germany, Feb. 16, 2020. (Photo: KRG) Barzani also discussed the latest developments in Iraq and the area with the Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, at the Security Conference. Both Barzani and Zarif “agreed that they have an obligation of maintaining good neighborly relations and mutual respect,” as they also shed light on “common recognition of regional security challenges.” “Prime Minister Barzani and Minister Zarif reiterated their support to de-escalate tensions in Iraq and further contribute toward stability in the region.” The Kurdish leader led the KRG delegation at the Security Conference in Munich, and held various meetings to discuss a “range of important issues…including the urgent requirements to address the growing ISIS threat and improve regional stability,” while also pointing out “the growing investment opportunities available to foreign businesses within the Kurdistan Region.”
  3. Masrour Barzani arrives in Italy to meet Italian PM, Pope Francis Hiwa Shilani | 2 hours ago https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/e77b4c13-24d5-4a25-8d79-8c8e28c1a3f7 Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masrour Barzani. (Photo: KRG) Kurdistan KRG Italy The Pope A+AA- ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Following the conclusion of meetings at the 2020 Munich Security Conference, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and an accompanying delegation arrived in Rome for a two-day visit to the Italian capital and Vatican City. The top Kurdish official is expected to meet with senior members of the Italian government and Pope Francis. Among the Italian diplomats he is set to meet, Prime Minister Barzani will sit with Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte to discuss “ongoing bilateral cooperation in the fight against global terrorism,” a statement on the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) website read. The two are also going “to consider ways of encouraging Italian companies to seize the business opportunities available in Kurdistan by investing in the region.” “At the Vatican, Prime Minister Barzani will meet His Holiness Pope Francis and Secretary of State Pietro Parolin to discuss the Kurdistan Region’s commitment to countering religious persecution and promoting interreligious dialogue,” the statement added. The Kurdish prime minister expressed his delight at the opportunity to meet the Pope “to discuss the importance of religious coexistence, which can be a valuable antidote to extremism.” “I am proud that the KRG has made such a major contribution through our long-standing efforts to promote interreligious dialogue while creating a haven of tolerance in the Kurdistan Region for people of all faiths.”
  4. Kurds, Sunni Arabs fear exclusion from Iraq’s new cabinet 38 minutes ago https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/160220203 Speaker of Iraqi Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi and KDP president Masoud Barzani meet in Erbil on February 16, 2020. Photo via social media ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi is set to announce his new government within the week, but he has not consulted major Kurdish and Sunni parties about the formation of his cabinet. Kurdish and Sunni leaders met on Sunday to call for an Iraqi government which is representative of Iraq’s culturally diverse population. “We are close to a historical achievement represented by finalizing an independent ministerial cabinet composed of competent individuals with integrity, insulated from intervention from any political party,” PM-designate Allawi said in a Saturday tweet. Allawi, tasked by President Barham Salih on February 1, 2020 to form his cabinet within 30 days, said he will present his cabinet before Parliament before the end of this week. Allawi has spoken to some Kurdish leaders over the phone, but has not held talks with Kurdish political leadership or the Kurdistan Regional Government regarding Kurdish representation in his cabinet. Kurdish leaders fear this could set a precedent in which future Iraqi governments will not take Kurdish representation into consideration. The Kurds are not the only ones with reservations about Allawi’s selection process. Iraq’s post-2003 political system has been designed along sectarian and ethnic lines, and Sunni Arabs also feel they have not been adequately consulted regarding the government formation. On Sunday, Speaker of Iraqi Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi, who is also head of the Sunni Union of Iraqi Forces coalition, met with Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). The KDP is one of the two ruling parties of the Kurdistan Region and is represented by two ministers in Baghdad. Halbousi and Barzani released a joint statement about the meeting, saying that they spoke about a host of issues, with Iraq’s current political conditions taking priority. “Any future [Iraqi] government has to be representative of all components of Iraq and [built upon the foundation of national partnership,” the statement read. On Saturday, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) PM Masrour Barzani, in his meeting with Mohammed Ali al-Hakeem, Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, addressed Kurdish concerns even more directly. Barzani “asserted that the Kurdistan Region welcomes the formation of a government that is committed to the federal entity and constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region, and for the official institutions of the Region to select Kurdistan Region’s ministers in the new Iraqi government.” Iraq’s next government must also answer the demands of protestors who have been on the streets for more than five months demanding reform, an overhauled political system, and parliamentary elections. Although caretaker PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi was forced to resign by the popular demands of Iraqi protesters in December of 2019, relations between the KRG and Iraq’s federal government improved drastically under his premiership. Relations had gradually deteriorated prior to Abdul-Mahdi’s tenure, especially since 2014 when the Iraqi government cut the KRG’s budget share due to disputes over the KRG’s independent oil sales. Relations reached a low point after an Iraqi military offensive against Kurdish forces in disputed territories in October 2017. While relations between the two governments are currently stable, any step by PM-designate Allawi that the Kurds perceive as decreasing their protection under the current constitution or limiting their access to the federal budget might not bode well. Mohammed al-Khalidi, an MP from the Bayariq al-Khayr bloc in Iraqi parliament, speaking to Rudaw on Friday, said that the Iraqi PM has picked independent ministers “from components, not parties.” However, Meeran Mohammed, a Kurdish MP in the Iraqi Parliament, told Rudaw on Sunday that Kurds and Sunnis “are not convinced” with the PM’s approach. Shiite parties, who back the PM-designate, have reportedly given him a free hand in picking his cabinet. However, Kurdish parties have argued that without their direct input, Kurdish interests will not be represented in the federal government. “Kurds should not be dealt with based on this standard because Kurds are not part of the destruction wrought upon provinces of southern Iraq, and I believe it is impossible that a cabinet not supported by two important components of Iraq succeeds,” Mohammed said. “Iraq is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural country, and to ensure its security and stability, it needs to be built on the pillars of partnership, consensus, and balance, and to guarantee its growth, we have to secure security and peace together as components of this country,” Masoud Hayder, former Kurdish MP and a figure close to Masoud Barzani, said in a Facebook post on Sunday. Allawi has the support of all Shiite blocs, which control more than the 170 seats needed to ensure a majority to pass his chosen cabinet.
  5. Let’s go .... I am ready .... been here since 2003 .... I think I’ve been really patiences ....🤔🤔🤔😂😂😂
  6. Thanks Karsten - I'm right there with you both Half Crazy Runner & ChuckFinley, except I'll keep some in IQD in my Roth IRA for any potential increase. As you recall the FOI (Future Of Iraq) Project - otherwise known as the Bush-Cheney Plan - which was eventually declassified sometime after/in 2012 indicated the plan was to restore the Dinar back to the pre-Saddam rate of $3.33 (the Golden Dinar). Also Shabibi said on more than one occasion that the IQD could sustain a value over $10..! I suspect there are things way beyond our knowing or planning - with all respect to Kaperoni - who I respect and hold in high regard. It will be whatever is decided between the CBI, GOI, & the IMF - but I do not believe it will come out at any value below !0 cents, but more than likely in the $.84-$1.34 range. JMHO & Observations. ..........RON
  7. No worries....I may hold the record at 9.......😮😉😉
  8. After localization of salaries Sunday February 16 2020 Mohammed Sharif Abu Maysam The benefits of localizing the salaries of employees are not limited to possession of the smart card through which money transfers can be avoided, and enjoying the services of purchasing from centers and commercial stores without dealing with paper money, in addition to the possibility of cash withdrawal through automated teller machines, but these benefits are multiplied for the public to include The card holder obtained housing loans and pension advances provided by banks in an atmosphere of competition, by ensuring the existence of the salary and without the need for a guarantor, as was approved in the mechanisms of granting loans and advances, which caused many exploitation phenomena, through the bargaining of the loan owner on a percentage of the values of Money in exchange for Guarantee. And after the criterion of competition between banks became dependent on the method of granting advances and loans to attract the largest number of employees, within the framework of electronic cards in order to achieve the goals of financial inclusion towards reducing the circulation of paper currencies and the adoption of electronic trading, it became important to define the features of the subsequent steps, to withdraw the chunky cash block To the field of banking circulation, which the central bank estimates at about 70 percent of the issued cash, amounting to about 44 trillion dinars, and then recycling it in credit operations towards creating sustainable economic development, which makes the localization of employee salaries a first step toward To establish a culture of savings and restore public confidence in the banking plaza trading, by targeting segments of the general community banking services across the country. Because many societal segments did not become familiar with dealing with the banking sector, it became necessary to search for services that required these segments to deal with the banking sector in light of electronic payment capabilities, such as automating the collection, fees, and charges for health and electrical services of all kinds, even through the ration card, and providing loans and advances in Limits of the cardholder's funds movement rates in his current account after a specific time period for non-employees, or the provision of future loans to those who open a savings account or an ongoing account in which the funds are deposited for the benefit of small age groups, including the purchase of housing units or residence m Small projects when they reach these age groups working age, including the account holder is granted the right to move these funds in certain financial and time limits, which will push towards dedicating a culture of savings and cash withdrawals to the trading bloc compacta The banker Square . Consequently, the other steps after the resettlement of state employees salaries will determine the success of the financial inclusion program supported by the axes of banking awareness through electronic sites and social media sites, as well as the importance of protecting the public by reducing the slack rings in the procedural steps followed in some banking institutions that are not Still suffering from the Bureaucrat mind . LINK
  9. Thanks Mary B & DinarThug for these revealing articles ... it will have to be addressed eventually. Give Allawi time, and hopefully he'll be able to really expose the perpetrators - similar to what Trump is trying to do, but is experiencing resistance all along the way..!
  10. Mazhar: Implementation of the Chinese agreement is subject to approval of the budget Sunday February 16 2020 Baghdad / Mustafa al-Hashemi Advisor to the Prime Minister for Financial Affairs, Dr. Mazhar Muhammad Salih, confirmed that the agreement with China has been in effect since last October, and that direct implementation is related to approving the budget for 2020 and allocating funds for the projects to be established. Saleh added in a statement to "Al-Sabah" that "the Iraqi-Chinese agreement is very flexible and bears that partnership contracts, investment or contracting to implement basic projects for infrastructure in the country, in addition to that it will last for 20 years, as this would reflect on the economic reality positively". He believed that "earning the time factor is an important element for achieving development in Iraq," stressing that the general budget still accounts for 110 percent of all revenues that go as an operating budget with the absence of the investment budget, which makes us wonder: So where is development? link
  11. Thanks 4 the articles BlueSkyline, DinarThug & your comments sgtsanders ... much appreciated..! Blessings - Ron
  12. Thanks for the articles BlueSkyline & DinarThug...they're appreciated to stay informed..! Blessings - Ron
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  14. MM 02/18/20 04 07 11 20 52 MB 06 PB 02/19/20 05 08 14 23 53 PB 06 GOOD LUCK !
  15. Thanks for the article Adam...have a fruitful week. ### Until next Wednesday..!
  16. Thanks Synopsis....have a blessed day as we wait for the change we're all hoping for..! I gave you a Trophy to offset the Red Ruby, which is really a Badge of Honor for you.
  17. Didn't China recently announce putting $11B or so in to the country - that says something of the progress made
  18. 2-16-2020 Intel Guru Delta Article: "Exclusively For "Al-Ahed News" .. Allawi Has Completed The Government Formation And Will Announce It Within 72 Hours" Quote: "Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Allawi has completed the formation of his cabinet, and will be announced officially within 72 hours, no later than Tuesday." 2-16-2020 Intel Guru Frank26 ...we only have two weeks left in the month of February. The key was to have a prime minister. Now the key is for him to receive the budget along with the new rate from the CBI. These are the next steps we should see after this weekend with a full cabinet... Good News...!!..???
  19. Thanks Pitcher & coorslite21 ... I posted it, but it didn't POST, it kept showing it needed to be posted, so I kept trying. Then I opened another tab for Dinar Vets, and went to the page to make the comment, and re-posted it. It finally posted, but when it opened up there were all these duplicates. I tried to delete, but couldn't...then I was able to add the comment and mis-Spelled a couple of the words, and it made no sense...LOL..!
  20. I know who it is and it wasn't anything I said. I don't want to say anymore than that.
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