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Halabousi from Washington: Ninewa political problem

Political | 07:44 - 29/03/2019

 
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Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halbusi, on Friday, the problems in the province of Nineveh political and not security, stressing the existence of efforts to contain the factions of the popular crowd all under the umbrella of the federal government in Baghdad. 
"We have made efforts to unify all Iraqi forces to be under the umbrella of the federal government, so that these forces can maintain the security and stability of Iraq," Halboussi said during a meeting in Washington. 
On the situation in the province of Nineveh, Halaboussi said: "There is a political problem in the province and not security, and there are foreign interventions by countries aimed at preserving their interests in Nineveh," noting that "the crowd formed a fatwa of the reference in Najaf and managed to maintain the security and stability of the country , And there are efforts to contain all factions under the umbrella of the federal government. "

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Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halboussi stressed the need for Syria to return to the League of Arab States, stressing his country's support for international efforts to resolve the crisis and that the stability of the situation in Syria is in the interest of Iraq. 
"We value the efforts of the international coalition in defeating a sympathetic," Halboussi said in a speech at the American Institute of Peace in his current visit to Washington. "The military rollback of the organization does not mean uprooting terrorism and cooperation must be done to eradicate this ideology. "He said. 
He continued: "There is a great understanding between the executive and legislative authorities and the conviction of the Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, and President Barham Saleh, to work with the International Coalition for the final elimination of a preacher," pointing to the importance of "providing military training for security forces and working side by side with Iraq in the security and economic fields. "
He stressed that "efforts in the next phase will not be military, but intelligence and must support the Iraqi forces intelligence and financial," saying that "there may be countries behind the terrorist organizations and must take a position on this matter," without naming. 
On Syria, Halbusi said: "Syria is a sister Arab country and what has been exposed to it is not very different from what Iraq has faced," adding: "It is important that Syria return to the Arab League and play its role." 
He went on to say: "Personally I was a terrorist attack in Anbar and went to Syria and know how the Syrians received Iraqis," noting: "It is necessary to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries." 
He said that "the stability of the situation in Syria is in favor of Iraq," pointing to "
On the commitment to US sanctions on Iran, Halaboussi said that "the situation of Iraq is different in dealing with Iran, where we have long borders with them and do not want to have differences with them like all other neighboring countries." 
He explained: "In Iraq, we could not rely on ourselves, especially in economic terms, although we are an oil-exporting countries so the United States must take into account not to face Iraq any problem in this context." 
"We are against any kind of sanctions and we want Iraq to be a sovereign country," he said, stressing that "imposing sanctions on Iran affects and hampers trade." 
Earlier, the Secretary-General of the League Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that the restoration of the full membership of Damascus requires the approval of all members of the League of Arab States, "so far there is no objection, and some do not disclose his position."
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A member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Rihan Hanna Ayoub, confirmed Saturday that the visit of a delegation led by the Speaker of the Parliament to the United States of America was very successful, indicating that the focus of important files in all meetings with US leaders.

Ayoub, a member of the Iraqi delegation headed by Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammad Halaboussi, who is in Washington, said that "bilateral relations between Baghdad and Washington were discussed, and files of common concern." The two countries in all fields. "

She added that "the files discussed are efforts to eliminate terrorism and combat extremist ideology and eliminate the sources of funding, and the continuation of the international coalition led by the United States to provide security and intelligence support for Iraq."

Ayoub said that "the discussion of activating the investment file in several areas, and supporting the Iraqi government to provide services to citizens and provide employment opportunities," noting that "was discussed the need for international coalition forces in Iraq, especially the current stage."

"The return of the displaced and securing the liberated areas, as well as discussing the situation of minorities and the need to return to their areas, and providing the necessary means for their stability were among the files strongly in all meetings with leaders in Washington."

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Iraq speaker hails ties with Kurds, but will US troops remain in Iraq?

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Iraq speaker hails ties with Kurds, but will US troops remain in Iraq?
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WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan24) – The Speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Mohammed al-Halbousi, highly praised Baghdad’s relations with the Kurdistan Region as he spoke at the US Institute of Peace in Washington (USIP) on Friday at the end of a week-long visit to Washington.

“The relationship between Baghdad and Kurdistan is much, much better than it was before,” Halbousi said, as he explained that it had been the “intention” of Iraq’s new government to reach an understanding with the Iraqi Kurdistan Region,” while the same was reciprocally true for the Kurdish attitude toward Baghdad.

“Since 2014, every year we had problems with the federal budget,” Halbousi noted. That year, the Islamic State seized one-third of Iraq and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was obliged by the US to step down in favor of Haider al-Abadi.

“But this year,” the budget situation is “much, much better,” he continued. Baghdad made compromises with Erbil, and Erbil made compromises with Baghdad, and the 2019 budget is already law.

The Kurdish leadership has long consideredPrime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi a friendly figure. When Masoud Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and former President of the Kurdistan Region, visited Baghdad last November, Abdul Mahdi hailedhim as “an old fighter known by the mountains of Kurdistan” and “a leader in Iraq’s conversion and transformation into a democracy after the fall of the dictatorship.”

That stands in sharp contrast to Kurdish relations with Abdul Mahdi’s predecessor. Indeed, last week Abadi gave an interview to Iraqi television, in which he blamed Iran for his loss in the 2018 elections, while criticizing the Kurds, charging they were the ones who, through their “extremism,” had precipitated his attack on Kirkuk and other disputed territories (which he conducted in coordination with Iran!)

Barzani retorted with a statement, “The purpose of those comments are personal and meant to destroy the positive environment that has evolved between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad.”

He also reminded Abadi—who never won an election for the position of prime minister—of the Kurds’ role in fighting the Islamic State.

“If it were not for the Peshmerga, a person like [Abadi] would never have been able to visit Mosul to steal the success over Da’esh [ISIS] and use it to promote himself,” Barzani’s statement continued.

Indeed, Halbousi revealed yet one more negative consequence of Abadi’s October 2017 attack on Kirkuk and the disputed areas. They are now under Iraqi control, but they have had no reconstruction aid from Baghdad.

“These people are suffering,” Halbousi said, “because they have not received anything.” It is in those areas, that the resurgence of the Islamic State has been most pronounced.

Article 140 of Iraq’s 2005 constitution called for determining the status of the disputed territories through a plebiscite to be held by 2007. However, twelve years later, no vote has been held.

Asked about the implementation of Article 140, Halbousi replied that it was first necessary for the next Kurdistan Regional Government to be determined. Then, “hopefully, before 2020,” both sides will deal with the issue. He also noted that according to the constitution, the Iraqi parliament needs to create a committee for that purpose.

Halbousi, the first senior Iraqi official to visit Washington since Iraq’s elections last year, met a number of senior US officials: Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, and Halbousi’s US counterpart, House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.

The biggest concern for Washington in Iraq now is the possibility that the parliament will demand that US forces leave, as a knowledgeable Washington source advised Kurdistan 24. That topic must have figured prominently in Halbousi’s official talks, but it scarcely appears in the official US summaries of those discussions.

Nor did it arise in Halbousi’s presentation on Friday. Written questions were solicited from the audience and posed to Halbousi by the USIP President, who moderated the discussion. At least two people asked about the prospects of such a parliamentary vote to force the departure of US troops, but that question “never made it through the filter,” this source noted. 

 

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Baghdad calls on Washington to extend the exemption from Iran's sanctions

Published: 30.03.2019 | 09:15 GMT |Arab World News

 

Baghdad calls on Washington to extend the exemption from Iran's sanctions

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammad Halboussi (archive photo)

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi parliament speaker Mohamed Halboussi called on Washington to extend the exemption granted to Iraq from US sanctions imposed on Iran for three years.

"We hope to extend this exemption until Iraq can stand on its own economically," Halaboussi said during his current visit to Washington.

He explained that "Iraq imports 30% of its energy needs and it needs almost three years to achieve self-sufficiency in the generation of electricity."

"After these three years, we may see an economically independent Iraq and we do not need to import electricity from another country," he said. "Maybe we can solve this problem within three years."

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In a press statement, Halaboussi called on the United States to study the steps taken and its consequences, saying that "any hasty and calculated step towards adopting policies and actions against countries in this region will have a negative impact on the region."

Last week, the United States extended for three months Iraq's exemption from dealing with Iran under sanctions, allowing it to import from Iran reliable electricity.

Source: Agencies

 
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Washington - Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohamed Halaboussi's visit to the United States has sent messages of clear reassurance to Washington on the issue of removing US forces from Iraqi territory, led by pro-Iranian Iraqi forces, with questions about whether it is serious. Tehran itself.

And Halabousi are directly concerned with the file, as the speaker of Parliament, which will pass through any legislation may seek parliamentary blocs to issue on the status of foreign forces in Iraqi territory, and also part of the construction alliance near Iran led by Hadi Amiri. In a manifestation of Washington's efforts to fortify its military presence in Iraq, Halboussi singled out a remarkable reception during his visit to the United States and was met by senior officials.

The head of parliament discussed with US Vice President Mike Bens, "the continuation of the international coalition led by the United States of America to provide security and intelligence support to Iraq." The two sides discussed "the file of the return of the displaced, and secure the liberated areas ..".

The talk of these files between Halabusi and US officials is a clear signal of Washington's commitment to its responsibilities in Iraq, according to observers.

During the meeting with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, "Iraq's openness to the international community has been emphasized to move forward with reconstruction and investment by attracting international companies, including US companies, as well as providing job opportunities for citizens and eliminating unemployment." Al-Halbusi called on his American counterpart to visit Iraq.

During his meeting with Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Chanhan, the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives focused on the role of the US-led coalition in defeating a supportive organization, pointing out in particular that after his victory over the organization militarily " support for the elimination of terrorist cells and extremist thought, in the training and rehabilitation of Iraqi forces and the intelligence effort and logistical support. " This is the clearest indication of his true position on the survival and role of US forces in Iraq.

Although Halabousi is part of a coalition of pro-Iranian hawks, he meets with the Sunni mood in support of the US military presence in Iraq.

Halabousi asked the US Secretary of Defense to "give the Iraqi government to provide services" to the areas affected by the war on the organization calling, "in order to close the file of displacement, which will contribute positively to the non-return back and spread extremist ideology again, as well as to provide employment through investment projects to eliminate On unemployment ".

Iran's priority at the moment is to ease pressure on the Baghdad government and encourage it not to commit to the implementation of US sanctions

For his part, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his meeting with Halbusi, "US support for a strong and prosperous Iraq as defined in the strategic framework agreement between the two countries." The deal allows for a broad range of US troop movements in Iraq.

Al-Halaboussi's visit to the United States at a time of observers is a clear decline in the tone of the demand for the departure of US forces to Iraqi territory, compared to the past period witnessed an intensive campaign led mainly by forces loyal to Iran and responded to a number of other political components of Iraq, A law passed through parliament obliges the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to reorganize the situation of foreign forces in the country.

Iraqi sources familiar with the existence of a decline in the idea of "expulsion" of US forces from Iraq, but stressed the different motives from one political team to another.

An Iraqi deputy who has seen part of the debates of parliamentary blocs representing several political parties said he was inclined to wait to begin the process of removing US troops from Iraq with members of the "pro-Iran" team.

"The reason for this retreat is that Iran itself is inclined to ease the pressure of its Iraqi allies on the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi, preferring to spare the Baghdad government cooperating with it in breaking the sanctions imposed on Tehran by Washington," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The deputy said that Tehran prefers to keep the issue of removing US troops from Iraq as a pressure and bargaining chip, to use it effectively, to deplete its effectiveness and to backfire.

"The US military presence in Iraq is now a priority for Iran as much as it is concerned about sanctions," he said. Tehran is aware that the United States still has to take into account the circumstances of the Iraqi government classified as one of its allies in the region. This is reflected in Washington's decision to extend the period of exempting Iraq from sanctions and allowing it to import energy from Iran. If Baghdad stops importing Iranian gas under US sanctions.

The period of the exemption extends for ninety days to cover part of the summer season, which is high demand for electricity in Iraq, where the temperature is at its peak. It would not be easy for the Baghdad government to cope with the consequences of failing to meet its citizens' electricity needs after the electricity file became a direct cause of street protests.

The second group involved in calling for the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq is the calculated faction of the pro-coalition Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who has been willing to use his parliamentary bloc in favor of the draft law on the reorganization of foreign troops.

But the Alliance's reform leaders seem inclined to divert their efforts to push forward the internal reform process they are spearheading. According to sources familiar with their internal discussions, those who raise the voice against the US military presence in Iraq are "whispering" among themselves that the battle to expel American forces from Iraq is essentially the battle of Iran. If it is won, it will count for Tehran's allies and will empower them and help them expand their popularity. .

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - 
Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halboussi met Saturday with US Deputy Secretary of State John Silvan. 
"A number of issues of common interest were discussed, the relations between the two friendly countries were strengthened and developed, and their cooperation in various fields," said a statement issued by the Halbusi office. 
He added that "the meeting discussed the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq, and continued efforts in the fight against terrorism and extremist ideology and the defeat of a final advocate, and emphasize the importance of commitment to Iraq's sovereignty and security and prosperity away from threats." 
The meeting also stressed the importance of cooperation between Baghdad and Washington in the economic and investment field, reconstruction and support of the Iraqi government to provide services to citizens and provide jobs through the actual contribution of US companies in the reconstruction projects of infrastructure and services for all Iraqi cities.

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Deputy: The selection of heads of parliamentary committees after the visit of Halabousi to Washington

Political | 08:48 - 30/03/2019

 
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Special - Mawazine News 
MP Ali Al-Amara, Saturday, that the selection of heads of parliamentary committees will be after the visit of Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed Halbusi to Washington. 
"The parliamentary committees are now working to host the officials and follow up the laws well and submit them to the presidency of the Council, despite the absence of heads and rapporteurs," the emirate said in an interview with Mawazine News, indicating that "the work of the committees continues under the chairmanship of the oldest member." 
"The choice of chairmen of the committees was supposed to take place during the first legislative session, but it was postponed for several reasons," she said. 
She pointed out that "Halabousi made the choice and will be in the process of electing the president and his deputy and the Rapporteur."

 

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2019/03/30 17:51

Baghdad and Washington emphasize the importance of cooperation in the field of economic and investment

106606.jpgBAGHDAD (Reuters) - Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammad Halboussi said during a meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Madeline Silvan on Saturday, March 30, 2019, the importance of cooperation between Baghdad and Washington in the economic and investment fields.

"The Speaker of the House of Representatives met today with the US Deputy Secretary of State, and the meeting discussed a number of issues of common concern, enhancing the relations of the two friendly countries and developing them and their cooperation in various fields," Halaboussi's office said in a statement.

"The meeting also discussed the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq, the continuation of efforts in the fight against terrorism and its extremist ideology and the defeat of a final advocate, and emphasize the importance of commitment to the sovereignty and security and prosperity of Iraq away from threats.

"The meeting also stressed the importance of cooperation between Baghdad and Washington in the economic and investment fields, reconstruction and support of the Iraqi government to provide services to citizens and provide jobs through the actual contribution of US companies in the reconstruction projects of infrastructure and services for all Iraqi cities

 
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When I see the translated word "file", I substitute the word "issue", so that it makes more sense.  

 

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9 hours ago, WheresmyRV? said:

Alot of talking and no action.

 

Just drove by and saw ya got a ruby . . . dropped an emerald on ya . . . some folks just love to hate. got ya covered.

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I don't trust this guy. But then, I don't trust any Iraqi. He's just here to feel around for a loan and try to talk us into dropping Iran sanctions.....

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3 minutes ago, markb57 said:

I don't trust this guy. But then, I don't trust any Iraqi. He's just here to feel around for a loan and try to talk us into dropping Iran sanctions.....

 

Having worked in Iraq, your assessment is pretty much bang on.

 

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No more exceptions . . . no more NOTHING . . . Quit yer Whining and your Blubbing . . . Stop blowing smoke up everyone's arse.

 

Quit begging for loans  . . . quit stalling . . . Quit sandbagging . . . Quit dragging yer feet  . . .  Quit running your mouths . . . Quit all your excuses and ALL your  :bs: . . . JUST QUIT ALL YOUR CRAP and behave like adults and get your toilet paper currency onto the Global Stage. 

 

Good God Almighty 16 years and you're all still screwing around . . . I'd like to use allot of expletives ( *&^%$#@ @#$%^&* )  in this post, no doubt I can leave all that to your imagination (s).

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Halabousi discusses with Selevan the cooperation between Baghdad and Washington

 
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Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed Halabousi, during his meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Madness Sullivan, Saturday, the importance of cooperation between Baghdad and Washington in the economic and investment.
 
"The Speaker of the House of Representatives met with the US Deputy Secretary of State, and the meeting discussed a number of issues of common concern, and to strengthen and develop the relations of the two friendly countries and their cooperation in various fields," Al Halbusi said in a statement received by al-Sabah.
 
"The meeting also discussed the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq, the continuation of efforts in the fight against terrorism and its extremist ideology and the defeat of a final advocate, and emphasize the importance of commitment to the sovereignty and security and prosperity of Iraq away from threats.
 
"The meeting also stressed the importance of cooperation between Baghdad and Washington in the economic and investment fields, reconstruction and support of the Iraqi government to provide services to citizens and provide jobs through the actual contribution of US companies in the reconstruction projects of infrastructure and services for all Iraqi cities.
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Halabousi to «Middle East»: US forces in Iraq provide a political cover in the face of foreign interventions

 
Sunday - 24 Rajab 1440 - March 31, 2019 Issue Number [14733]
 
 
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Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Mohammad Halboussi (AFP)
Washington: Elie Yusuf
The President of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Mohammed Halbusi that the proposals issued by some parliamentary blocs to submit a bill calling for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, has been finalized. 
He said in an interview with «Middle East» in the building of the Iraqi Embassy in Washington, that this issue was agreed upon between the three presidents; the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as well as with all the political blocs and parties, and that he withdrew from trading permanently. 
He added that the demand to withdraw US-led coalition forces from Iraq at this stage is in the interest of terrorism, stressing that its survival is a guarantee for Iraq and provides political cover in the face of foreign interventions.
Al-Halaboussi announced that he had contacted the head of the State Consultative Council in Saudi Arabia and discussed the convening of a meeting of the heads of the parliaments of the neighboring countries of Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and Iran on April 20 in Baghdad to ensure the stability of Iraq. 
The meeting was attended by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Mike Bens, Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Chanahan as well as congressional leaders. His visit seemed to be a reassuring message to American officials, especially that the issue of withdrawing soldiers was the most prominent issue discussed with them, he said. 
Halabousi responded to those who accuse him of using two speeches in both Baghdad and Washington on the withdrawal of US troops that his position is clear and has never used two languages to express his position.
He added that he expressed the interests of Iraq, but the votes issued by a number of deputies does not mean that they represent the will of all the Iraqi people. He said: "There are 329 deputies and have the right to make any position, but in the end decisions are taken by an absolute majority in these subjects, has been communicating with all the parliamentary blocs, political and partisan, and consensus was overwhelming majority to refuse to talk about any withdrawal of coalition forces. 
Halabousi added that the war on terrorism is not over and this is what I discussed with American officials, and agreed that we entered a new phase of this war, which aims to dry up its intellectual and financial resources and deprive this extremist ideology of its ability to attract new supporters. He stressed that all political forces agreed to continue intelligence efforts and training of troops and provide technical and logistical support for the Iraqi forces and whatever he deems appropriate Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and that this is happening here in Baghdad and in Tehran.
"Some may be dismayed at my visit to Tehran, but I say clearly and frankly that for the sake of Iraq, I will visit any country, especially the neighboring countries, and Iran with whom we have 1400 kilometers of the border and can not be ignored." 
In response to a question about the accusation that Iran is behind the incitement of some parliamentary blocs to demand the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Halabousi said that «as we are moving for the benefit of Iraq, there may be forces moving for the benefit of others, but I assure you that it stopped completely» . He added that wasting more time on this issue is in the interest of terrorism, not Iraq.
The role of US forces in Iraq and what Halaboussi described as the second phase of the fight against terrorism, whether Washington has agreed to abide by these tasks only, and the position of Iraq if the US forces in Iraq decided to carry out operations in Syria, said Halabusi that «the original agreement between The United States and Iraq regulate the role of these forces in defeating the organization of preachers and terrorism, and this requires conducting military operations on the border inside and outside Iraq. Al-Halbusi said the coordination between the Iraqi and US forces during his presidency of the security committee in Anbar when he was its governor, and that the operations are coordinated under the supervision of the military leadership, stressing that the number of US troops in Iraq will not be reduced and Iraq's relationship with the United States is not linked and is not affected by the relationship With any other country.
Halaboussi stressed that he discussed the sanctions imposed on Iran with US officials and that he asked for more time for Iraq to develop its capabilities and investments, which enables it to abandon any sources of energy needed by the Iraqi people now. 
He added that Iraq is using Iranian gas and electric power, and discussed with US officials contracts projects conducted by the Iraqi Ministry of Oil with ExxonMobil to invest in these sectors to help Iraq to self-sufficiency. He added that it was clear that these projects will be implemented in 3 stages, and ends after 3 years, and «it is unreasonable to impose sanctions on Iraq can not afford it and find quick alternatives to avoid». He added that Iraq will continue to demand exemptions from sanctions on Iran, and that this will be back to his search when the contract is signed with ExxonMobil soon.
Al-Halbusi stressed that Iraq does not defend anyone, but his circumstances do not allow him to meet his needs now, adding that he does not broadcast secretly when he says that there is dissatisfaction with the Iranian intervention and how to end its intervention both in Iraq and in the region. The relationship with them must be based on mutual respect and respect for Iraq's sovereignty. He added that he discussed with US officials the cessation of foreign interference, especially that Iran is not the only one to intervene in Iraq, and there is Turkey as well. He said rebuilding a strong Iraq was a guarantee of stability in the region. 
Asked whether US pressure on Iran had diminished Iran's influence in Iraq, Halabousi said he had not discussed Washington's relations with Tehran, but he could confirm that US troops in Iraq provided him with political cover and support to stop foreign interference.
In an interview with the American Institute of Peace, Halabousi said he had invited the heads of the parliaments of Iraq's neighbors to hold a meeting in Baghdad to discuss the stability of Iraq. He told Asharq Al-Awsat that he had contacted the head of the Shura Council in Saudi Arabia and discussed with him a date for this meeting on April 20 and that they had agreed in principle. He added that the invitation will be addressed to six countries: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Turkey, Syria and Iran. 
On the other hand, Al Halbusi stressed Iraq's keenness on all its executive and legislative powers to open up to its Arab environment and strengthen its relations with it, especially with the Gulf countries, especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He stressed the need for a real partnership with this environment, and that this partnership has a positive impact on the processing of many files in Iraq, both at the level of investment or reactivate the economic movement and the revival of free trade.
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Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halboussi confirmed that the American presence is a guarantee for Iraq, as revealed his efforts to hold a meeting of heads of parliament and the Shura Council for the neighboring countries of Iraq,Jordan , Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and Iran on April 20 in Baghdad. 

"The position of the American presence was agreed upon between the three Iraqi presidencies and all the political blocs and parties," Halboussi said in a meeting to prevent the Middle East newspaper, and his follow-up Alsumaria News.

 


"The demand to withdraw the coalition forces led by Washington at this stage in the interest of terrorism," adding that "the survival of troops is a guarantee for Iraq, and provides a political cover for him in the face of foreign interventions." 

"He does not broadcast privately when he says there is dissatisfaction with Iranian interference," he said, referring to questions about "how to end Tehran's intervention, both in Iraq and in the region." 

"He discussed the sanctions imposed on Iran with US officials and asked Iraq to give more time to develop its capabilities and investments that would enable it to abandon the import of any sources of energy needed by the people," Halboussi said. Iraqi ". 

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Parliament Speaker Mohamed Halaboussi on Saturday called on the United States to extend the exemption granted to Iraq from US sanctions against Iran, saying Baghdad could not stop importing electricity from Tehran three years ago.

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8 hours ago, yota691 said:

Halabousi to «Middle East»: US forces in Iraq provide a political cover in the face of foreign interventions

 
Sunday - 24 Rajab 1440 - March 31, 2019 Issue Number [14733]
 
 
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Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Mohammad Halboussi (AFP)
Washington: Elie Yusuf
The President of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Mohammed Halbusi that the proposals issued by some parliamentary blocs to submit a bill calling for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, has been finalized. 
He said in an interview with «Middle East» in the building of the Iraqi Embassy in Washington, that this issue was agreed upon between the three presidents; the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as well as with all the political blocs and parties, and that he withdrew from trading permanently. 
He added that the demand to withdraw US-led coalition forces from Iraq at this stage is in the interest of terrorism, stressing that its survival is a guarantee for Iraq and provides political cover in the face of foreign interventions.
Al-Halaboussi announced that he had contacted the head of the State Consultative Council in Saudi Arabia and discussed the convening of a meeting of the heads of the parliaments of the neighboring countries of Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and Iran on April 20 in Baghdad to ensure the stability of Iraq. 
The meeting was attended by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Mike Bens, Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Chanahan as well as congressional leaders. His visit seemed to be a reassuring message to American officials, especially that the issue of withdrawing soldiers was the most prominent issue discussed with them, he said. 
Halabousi responded to those who accuse him of using two speeches in both Baghdad and Washington on the withdrawal of US troops that his position is clear and has never used two languages to express his position.
He added that he expressed the interests of Iraq, but the votes issued by a number of deputies does not mean that they represent the will of all the Iraqi people. He said: "There are 329 deputies and have the right to make any position, but in the end decisions are taken by an absolute majority in these subjects, has been communicating with all the parliamentary blocs, political and partisan, and consensus was overwhelming majority to refuse to talk about any withdrawal of coalition forces. 
Halabousi added that the war on terrorism is not over and this is what I discussed with American officials, and agreed that we entered a new phase of this war, which aims to dry up its intellectual and financial resources and deprive this extremist ideology of its ability to attract new supporters. He stressed that all political forces agreed to continue intelligence efforts and training of troops and provide technical and logistical support system" rel="">support for the Iraqi forces and whatever he deems appropriate Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and that this is happening here in Baghdad and in Tehran.
"Some may be dismayed at my visit to Tehran, but I say clearly and frankly that for the sake of Iraq, I will visit any country, especially the neighboring countries, and Iran with whom we have 1400 kilometers of the border and can not be ignored." 
In response to a question about the accusation that Iran is behind the incitement of some parliamentary blocs to demand the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Halabousi said that «as we are moving for the benefit of Iraq, there may be forces moving for the benefit of others, but I assure you that it stopped completely» . He added that wasting more time on this issue is in the interest of terrorism, not Iraq.
The role of US forces in Iraq and what Halaboussi described as the second phase of the fight against terrorism, whether Washington has agreed to abide by these tasks only, and the position of Iraq if the US forces in Iraq decided to carry out operations in Syria, said Halabusi that «the original agreement between The United States and Iraq regulate the role of these forces in defeating the organization of preachers and terrorism, and this requires conducting military operations on the border inside and outside Iraq. Al-Halbusi said the coordination between the Iraqi and US forces during his presidency of the security committee in Anbar when he was its governor, and that the operations are coordinated under the supervision of the military leadership, stressing that the number of US troops in Iraq will not be reduced and Iraq's relationship with the United States is not linked and is not affected by the relationship With any other country.
Halaboussi stressed that he discussed the sanctions imposed on Iran with US officials and that he asked for more time for Iraq to develop its capabilities and investments, which enables it to abandon any sources of energy needed by the Iraqi people now. 
He added that Iraq is using Iranian gas and electric power, and discussed with US officials contracts projects conducted by the Iraqi Ministry of Oil with ExxonMobil to invest in these sectors to help Iraq to self-sufficiency. He added that it was clear that these projects will be implemented in 3 stages, and ends after 3 years, and «it is unreasonable to impose sanctions on Iraq can not afford it and find quick alternatives to avoid». He added that Iraq will continue to demand exemptions from sanctions on Iran, and that this will be back to his search when the contract is signed with ExxonMobil soon.
Al-Halbusi stressed that Iraq does not defend anyone, but his circumstances do not allow him to meet his needs now, adding that he does not broadcast secretly when he says that there is dissatisfaction with the Iranian intervention and how to end its intervention both in Iraq and in the region. The relationship with them must be based on mutual respect and respect for Iraq's sovereignty. He added that he discussed with US officials the cessation of foreign interference, especially that Iran is not the only one to intervene in Iraq, and there is Turkey as well. He said rebuilding a strong Iraq was a guarantee of stability in the region. 
Asked whether US pressure on Iran had diminished Iran's influence in Iraq, Halabousi said he had not discussed Washington's relations with Tehran, but he could confirm that US troops in Iraq provided him with political cover and support system" rel="">support to stop foreign interference.
In an interview with the American Institute of Peace, Halabousi said he had invited the heads of the parliaments of Iraq's neighbors to hold a meeting in Baghdad to discuss the stability of Iraq. He told Asharq Al-Awsat that he had contacted the head of the Shura Council in Saudi Arabia and discussed with him a date for this meeting on April 20 and that they had agreed in principle. He added that the invitation will be addressed to six countries: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Turkey, Syria and Iran. 
On the other hand, Al Halbusi stressed Iraq's keenness on all its executive and legislative powers to open up to its Arab environment and strengthen its relations with it, especially with the Gulf countries, especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He stressed the need for a real partnership with this environment, and that this partnership has a positive impact on the processing of many files in Iraq, both at the level of investment or reactivate the economic movement and the revival of free trade.

 

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Halabousi: Parliament will legislate laws guaranteeing the rights of minorities

 

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Parliament speaker Mohamed Halboussi confirmed on Sunday (March 31, 2019) that the parliament would work to legislate laws guaranteeing the rights of minorities, stressing the need for minorities to join state institutions. 

"The Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed Al Halbusi accompanied by a parliamentary delegation and in the presence of Iraqi Ambassador Farid Yassin met today a delegation of Iraqi minorities in the United States," the media office of Halbusi said in a statement. , And listen to their demands and highlight their needs. "

The office quoted Halbusi as saying that "Iraq is characterized by the diversity of its original components, and the Iraqi government is keen to be Iraq for all Iraqis with all its components to the maximum to the maximum," noting that "Parliament will work to legislate laws that guarantee the rights of minorities." 

He continued: "We are working seriously and quickly to rehabilitate the areas of the Sons of Iraq from minorities and all components, and the closure of the file of displacement on a final, as well as provide the requirements of a decent life for them, and keep them away from political problems." 

Al-Halbusi stressed the need to engage minority members in state institutions, including the security establishment, and to benefit from their expertise and competencies, and to take over positions in the state.

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Sadiq al-Halabousi: I do not decide the survival of US forces in Iraq

Political | 03:34 - 01/04/2019

 
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The parliamentary bloc of Sadigun, Monday, the statements of the Speaker of Parliament Mohammad Halbousi on the survival of US forces in Iraq. 
"The issue of the survival of US forces in Iraq is linked to the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi armed forces exclusively, and not the speaker of parliament entered this file," MP Ahmad al-Kanani said in a statement received by Mawazine News. 
He pointed out that "the statements we hear represent a personal opinion, not the opinion of the Iraqi state," pointing out that "the coming days will witness the discussion of the decision to remove all foreign troops from Iraq under the dome of Parliament."

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Halabousi discusses with Selevan the cooperation between Baghdad and Washington

 
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Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed Halabousi, during his meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Madness Sullivan, Saturday, the importance of cooperation between Baghdad and Washington in the economic and investment.
 
"The Speaker of the House of Representatives met with the US Deputy Secretary of State, and the meeting discussed a number of issues of common interest, and to strengthen and develop the relations of the two friendly countries and their cooperation in various fields," Al Halbusi said in a statement received by al-Sabah.
 
"The meeting also discussed the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq, the continuation of efforts in the fight against terrorism and its extremist ideology and the defeat of a final advocate, and emphasize the importance of commitment to the sovereignty and security and prosperity of Iraq away from threats.
 
"The meeting also stressed the importance of cooperation between Baghdad and Washington in the economic and investment fields, reconstruction and support of the Iraqi government to provide services to citizens and provide jobs through the actual contribution of US companies in the reconstruction projects of infrastructure and services for all Iraqi cities.
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 The Reform and Reconstruction Alliance praised Wednesday the results of the recent parliamentary tour of parliament, pointing out that Halabousi conveyed Iraq's approach to external openness without bias to any other party.

 "The results of the visit of the Speaker of Parliament and the President of the Republic during their last visit were very positive and are a subject of praise," MP Abbas Srout said in a statement.

 "The two presidents are moving Iraq toward a balanced relationship with all without bias or engaging in a war against the other," he said, adding that "the presence of US forces in Iraq for training and logistical support is very important after the victory over gangs."

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