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The Second Round Of Strategic Dialogue Between Iraq And America Will Start Soon, Amid Sunni-Kurdish Support !By DinarThug
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The second round of strategic dialogue between Iraq and America will start soon, amid Sunni-Kurdish support
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Political circles in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and the Kurdistan region of Iraq are awaiting the results of the second round of "strategic dialogue" negotiations between Iraq and the United States of America, scheduled to begin on August 20, during a visit scheduled by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazimi to Washington to meet US President Donald Trump there.
And according to what the White House recently announced, the talks between the two parties will include "facing the challenges posed by the emerging corona virus, in addition to issues related to security, energy and economic developments."
While Al-Kazemi's office stated that the visit will include “discussing the files of bilateral relations between Iraq and the United States of America, issues of common interest, joint cooperation in the fields of security, energy, health, economy and investment, and ways to enhance them, in addition to the file to address the Corona pandemic, and bilateral cooperation to serve common interests. For the two countries, ”according to a government statement.
And Shiite politicians, most of whom belong to the “Al-Fateh” coalition led by Hadi Al-Amiri, put the issue of removing American forces from Iraqi lands, in accordance with the decision of the Iraqi parliament (on January 5), as a top priority for the visit.
A member of the Security and Defense Committee in the House of Representatives, a representative of the State of Law coalition, Kata Al-Rikabi, said, in a statement to the official agency, that "the prime minister will discuss during his visit to the United States the strategic framework agreement and the presence of foreign forces."
He added, "The prime minister will also discuss the economic crisis that Iraq is going through, as well as the health crisis in relation to the Corona epidemic, in addition to joint cooperation between the two countries at multiple levels." While a member of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee, a representative of the "Sairoun" coalition, Rami Al-Skiny, Al-Kazemi's visit to Washington "will achieve a kind of international balance."
The deputy of the coalition, led by Muqtada al-Sadr, added that "Al-Kazemi's visit to Washington is one of the important visits on the international side to achieve a kind of balance in performance, and to support and strengthen the Iraqi interest."
He added, "The visit will address many of the economic and political axes and the security dimensions that can be achieved on the Iraqi arena."
He pointed out that "there is a performance that must be different for the prime minister, and this can only be achieved with a balance in the performance of the Iraqi government, and the lack of tendency for an axis without another," pointing out that "there are international axes that are reflected in the Iraqi arena, so it is necessary to have a balance and calm in The square, internally and externally, ”.
Most of the Shiite political leaders, especially those with a military wing or an armed faction, share the opinion about the proximity of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to the American axis, and the danger of this to neighboring Iran, which is their most prominent supporter.
The "Sayyid of the Martyrs" Brigades, one of the armed factions close to Tehran, considered that Al-Kazemi's upcoming visit to Washington would be pouring into the "Dissolution of the Popular Mobilization" channel and fighting the "Islamic Resistance" factions.
The spokesman for the Kataeb Brigades, Kazem Al-Fartousi, told local media yesterday, Sunday, “The goal of the visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to the United States of America, is to give guarantees that the PMF will be dissolved. Iraqi - Iranian relations.
And he believed that “Mustafa Al-Kazemi pledged allegiance to the United States of America, before he obtained the position of prime minister, and now he has started carrying out some actions in accordance with American interests, and will also work to fight the resistance factions,” threatening to say: “We will have real stops from these actions, if applied In reality".
In spite of this, but the leader of the "Al-Fateh" coalition, Ghazanfar Al-Battikh, indicated that the pressure on the removal of US forces from Iraq has "receded".
He added, "The Islamic Republic of Iran is the most concerned about the American presence in Iraq and the region," noting that "this presence constitutes a threat and danger, and may be a starting point for launching operations and strikes against Tehran," according to "Shafaq News".
He indicated that "the pressure regarding the removal of US forces from Iraq has eased at the present time," noting that "there are personalities and political parties, who speak in another way at night and in the day."
He added that "there are pressures from various parties to relieve pressure on the exit of American forces from Iraq, and these pressures from all sides, and it is not unlikely that there will be Iranian pressure on a group of factions to reduce pressure in this file at the present time, for the purpose of calming down with the United States of America." .
In contrast to the Shiite position, the Sunnis and the Kurds agree on the importance of continuing the relationship between Baghdad and Washington in all files, relying on American support and adopting a balanced policy in relations with everyone.
Member of Parliament, Zafer Al-Ani, saw that Iraq needs tangible American and international support in several areas, "Otherwise, the situation of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi is difficult."
And he added in a statement yesterday, that “the visit is undoubtedly important for both countries, but as the White House statement described it, it comes at a (critical time), and the criticality of time does not stem from the fact that the two presidents are preparing to run for the elections, but because it will test the extent to which the two sides are serious about a long strategic relationship. Long-term or breaking the bonds of this fragile alliance. He added, "The topics of the visit are important to us as Iraqis, as it will discuss security, economy, energy and health files," noting that "Iraq needs tangible American support in these areas that have become worrisome, and without this support, whether direct or by encouraging other countries to provide it, the situation will be Al-Kazemi made difficult and his chances of achieving his reform program are slim.
Likewise, the head of the "Kurdistan Democratic Party" bloc, MP Vian Sabri, confirmed that Al-Kazemi's visit "is necessary in expanding cooperation relations between the two countries," while noting that it signals an improvement in relations between the two countries.
Sabri told the official agency, "This visit is an indication of an improvement in relations between Iraq and the United States, especially since Al-Kazemi emphasized in his government program the importance of foreign relations with the countries of the world," noting that "relations are based on sovereignty, balance and cooperation." She added that "the visit is necessary to discuss bilateral files, to enhance coordination and security cooperation in the face of terrorism, and to health cooperation in the face of Corona, in addition to economic cooperation in the fields of investment and energy."
CNN. Broadcasting The Ninth Indicator That Iraq Is Back On Track - As Provided By The DV Members !
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Report: 8 indicators that Iraq is back on track
6th August, 2020
A report by the "Wall Street Journal" said that Iraq is finally back on the right track, although it is going through an unenviable situation at the present time as a result of the Corona pandemic and the conflict of regional and international wills within its territories.
The report monitored several indicators cited by the American Brookings Institution confirming progress in many ways in the country from 2003 until today.
First: The country's population has increased from about 25 million in the last years of Saddam Hussein’s rule to 40 million today. According to the newspaper, this in itself is neither good nor bad, but it does mean that Iraq is large enough to be an important player in Middle East politics.
Second: The per capita gross domestic product has risen to nearly six thousand dollars compared to less than four thousand two decades ago. The newspaper report indicates that it is certain that there is still great poverty in Iraq, corruption is rampant, and job prospects for Iraqi youth are modest, but nevertheless, there have been positive economic developments.
Third: Oil production has increased from about 2.5 million barrels per day in the last years of Saddam’s rule to about 4.5 million barrels now, and export revenues from oil have tripled on average since 2002.
Fourth: The annual rate of internal displacement has more than halved since the defeat of ISIS. ISIS.
Fifth: Many indicators of the quality of life have improved significantly over the past two decades. Cell phones, which were restricted to the Ba'athist elite, are now everywhere, and the total number of users is roughly equal to the population. The total internet users are now around 10 million.
Sixth: Life expectancy increased from 67 years in 2002 to about 73 years today.
Seventh: The number of modern sanitation facilities has increased, which now reaches more than 40 percent of the population, compared to 32 percent before 2003. More than half of the population has access to safe drinking water as well, although this issue still needs to be done. Greater efforts.
Eighth: The literacy rate at the national level has increased from 74 percent at the turn of the century to 85 percent today.
The Wall Street Journal report concludes that, however, there is still a long way to go for Iraq to achieve the desired political and economic stability, in light of the popular protests that erupted last year, high indicators of corruption and a decline in freedom of the press.
The protests began on the first of last October and lasted for several months, during which hundreds of thousands of Iraqis demanded jobs and services and the departure of the ruling elite, which they said were corrupt. The protests led to the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who was replaced in May by Mustafa al-Kazemi, the former head of the intelligence service.
Iraq, which relies on oil exports for most of its revenues, has been suffering from corruption and mismanagement for many years and was ranked 161 out of 168 countries in Transparency International’s annual report on corruption for 2015. Iraq is currently ranked 156 out of 180 countries in the global rankings for freedom. The press, published by Reporters Without Borders.
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CNN. Broadcasting Off Of The Dollar Menu From A Baghdad McDonald’s - Super Size Me !
An economist talks about what controls the dollar exchange rate in Iraq
Economie 7/20/2020 19:41 441
Baghdad today - Baghdad
Economist, Humam Al-Shamaa, on Tuesday (28 July 2020), talked about what controls the dollar exchange rate in Iraq and the effect of internal factors on it.
Al-Shamaa said, in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that "the exchange rate of the dollar in local markets has nothing to do with the exchange rate of the dollar in global markets towards other currencies."
He added, "What controls the dollar exchange rate in global markets are expectations, oil prices, gold prices and a relationship with the euro. As for Iraq, the relationship between the dollar and the dinar is controlled by internal factors related to the demand and supply of the dollar."
And Al-Shamaa said, "The decrease leads to higher prices, inflation and more problems for the poor classes, because the devaluation of the dinar means an increase in the value of commodities."
The price of gold reached record levels yesterday, with a new drop in the price of the dollar in the global market at a time when investors rushed to buy it as a safe haven, amid concern about the tension between the United States and China and the rise in the number of cases of Covid-19 again around the world and the lack of progress in Washington on a new package To stimulate the economy.
After months of improvement in stock markets, driven by the trillions of dollars of support from governments and central banks, investors are rethinking the long-term economic implications of the emerging corona virus.
And at a time when the wide easing measures imposed by the Federal Reserve monetary dollar push the dollar against most of the other currencies, gold rises significantly, reaching a record level of $ 1944.71, which is much higher than the previous record level recorded in 2011 and reached $ 1921.18.
The focus is on the next meeting of the Federal Reserve to discuss its policies this week, as some expect that more measures will be imposed to boost the economy (probably negative interest rates), which is expected to increase pressure on the dollar and raise the price of the gold ingot to more than two thousand dollars.
There is also concern that recording worse-than-expected results in US gross domestic product for the second quarter of the year will cause major selling to the dollar, and while the weak dollar has been a major driver of the high price of gold, the matter is also driven by the attractiveness of the metal as a haven in times of turmoil, especially in light of the deterioration The relations between the United States and China day after day.
Gavin Wendt, chief resource analyst at MineLife Consulting, said: “Strong gains cannot be avoided at a time when we are entering a stage similar to the atmosphere that prevailed in the aftermath of the global financial crisis as gold prices rose to record levels as a result of large amounts of Federal Reserve funds being pumped into Financial system, "and the dollar fell again against other currencies, while the euro reached its highest level since September 2018.
CNN. Broadcasting From An Iraqi Border Crossing While A Herd Of Sheep Passes Thru To Iran - But The Guys Counting Them Keep Falling Asleep !
Iraq begins paying its debts to Iran with goods
07/25 2020 08:29:49 PM
Baghdad / extent
The Secretary General of the Iranian-Iraqi Chamber of Commerce Hamid Hosseini announced the establishment of a company in Iraq to settle Baghdad's debts to Tehran, which amount to about five billion dollars, according to a report published by Iranian websites.
Hosseini told Farda radio that the company, which will work for the Iranian government, will purchase food commodities to pay off the debts. He explained that, based on a mutual agreement between the two countries, last month, Iran will provide the new company with a list of "commodities and raw materials" it needs, and the company will purchase and ship it to Iran. And Iraq owes Iran the money and gas it imports from it. The payment of Iraqi debts comes through goods, not cash, because Iran is subject to US banking sanctions, so Baghdad cannot transfer foreign currencies to it. According to Radio Farda, Iran is able to import goods only from Iraq, also because of the US sanctions. The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Abdel Nasser Hamti, announced, last month, from Baghdad, that Iraq had agreed to settle its debts, related to gas and electricity, to Tehran, by providing food and medicine.
He said that the debt funds will be used, in the Iraqi Bank of TBI, to pay for the "commodities" that will be purchased by the newly established company. Iran's non-oil exports to Iraq, excluding electricity and gas, reached nine billion dollars in 2018, while its total imports from Iraq reached only 59 million dollars. Since the beginning of the Iranian calendar year, on March 21, 2019, Tehran has stopped publishing details of its foreign trade. It is worth noting that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi held talks recently with Iranian leaders on his first official visit abroad since he took office in May.
CNN. Broadcasting fundamental changes in the central bank during the coming period !
Washington-Baghdad Dialogue: America wants to strictly implement the sanctions list
About two weeks before the second session of the strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq, in which Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi is to participate, an Iraqi official revealed that Washington included a paragraph related to the names of Iraqi, Syrian, Iranian and Lebanese personalities that the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on in the past two years. The paragraph is related to discussing the seriousness of the Iraqi banks ’commitment to not dealing with these names, as well as discussing some of them escaping sanctions through activities managed by relatives or agents in their favor. The source pointed out that the Al-Kazemi government is in the process of undertaking major reforms in this area, specifically within the Central Bank of Iraq, the body responsible for the matter.
Al-Kazemi will participate in the second American-Iraqi dialogue session, during an upcoming official visit to Washington at the end of this July, according to what was previously revealed by Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein.
US officials are convinced of the existence of fraud within Iraq, enabling those involved in the sanctions to continue their commercial and financial activities
During the past two years, the US Treasury Department has continuously announced the announcement, and through official statements issued by it, on the inclusion of a number of Iraqi personalities and companies on the sanctions list, accompanied by convictions of them, related to what it says are crimes and violations in the field of human rights and financial corruption they committed, And also their cooperation with the Lebanese "Hezbollah" and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Among the most prominent of these names are the director of the “Islamic Bank of the Country”, the politician Aras Habib, the governors of Salahuddin and Nineveh, Ahmad al-Jubouri and Nawfal Hammadi al-Akoub, the politician Khamis al-Khanjar, the leader of the militia “Asa’ib” Qais al-Khazali and his brother Laith al-Khazali, and a leader in the “Popular Mobilization” Hussein Faleh Lami. This is in addition to the leader of the "Babylonian" militia, Ryan Al-Kildani, the leader of the "Shabak" militia, Waad al-Qud, and the "al-Nujaba" militia, Akram al-Kaabi.
According to a senior Iraqi official, there are officials in the US Treasury Department convinced of the existence of fraud within Iraq, which enabled those involved in the sanctions, whether Iraqis, Syrians, Lebanese or Iranians, to continue their commercial and financial activities, and to obtain hard currency, which prompted the Americans to include a full paragraph In the second dialogue session, Baghdad calls for reforms to be made. The source pointed out that American officials accuse the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi of not responding to the sanctions, and of allowing many of those listed on its regulations to withdraw funds or transfer funds or carry out sales and purchases through agents and relatives, and with the knowledge of the Central Bank of Iraq and other local banks.
The Iraqi official also revealed that the Al-Kazemi government will make additional pledges to tighten commitment to US sanctions, and to carry out reforms within the Central Bank of Iraq, and an investigation will be opened with the competent authorities to find out the real reasons behind the failure to implement decisions in this regard may expose Iraq to sanctions. The source acknowledged that there are political and factional influences (armed factions) linked to Iran on the central bank and on other oversight bodies, and that any commitment to the sanctions is considered by the authorities implementing the pressures as labor in favor of the United States.
Al-Kazemi’s government will make additional pledges to tighten compliance with sanctions, and to carry out reforms within the central bank
The source emphasized that for these reasons, Al-Kazemi intends to make fundamental changes in the central bank during the coming period.
For his part, the former official at the Central Bank of Iraq, Mahmoud Dagher, in connection with the "new Arab", stressed his country's commitment to the American sanctions issued against the personalities and companies, stressing that "it is impossible for Iraq not to implement such decisions issued by the American treasury, nor will it risk Not to implement American decisions, as important. Dagher recalled that the Iraqi government "issued a circular to banks under the names of those who were included in the sanctions list, and transfers from them to them were stopped," stressing his country's commitment "to implement such a decision if it was issued against any party or person."
The former official in the "Central Bank of Iraq" stressed that his country’s failure to implement the US Treasury Department’s decisions constituted an economic risk to Iraq and the Iraqis, which would stop all financial transfers to Iraq, and for this reason the bank is obliged to implement the sanctions issued against the Iraqi personalities, whatever they may be.
On the other hand, a member of the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi Parliament, on the authority of the “Al-Fath” coalition, Karim Alaiwi, said that “his bloc is awaiting a position on the part of Al-Kazemi’s government regarding the rejection of unilateral sanctions against Iraqi personalities and entities.” It has the intention to hold talks with the American side about it, as it is political sanctions, and is not based on any realistic evidence. Aliwi said in an interview with Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed that the Al-Kazemi government should complete this task by rejecting any kind of sanctions that affect any Iraqi figure who is not convicted by the local judiciary, and working to remove names from any American list.
But one of the members of the negotiating delegation in the first dialogue session, which was held via a television circle last month between American and Iraqi officials, assured Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed that the files of the second session were not definitively determined, and they may be comprehensive due to Al-Kazemi’s presence in Washington and his supposed meetings with senior administration officials. American, but he made it clear that it is primarily about terrorism and strengthening Iraq’s security and military capabilities, the financial and health crises, electricity and strengthening the rule of law, fighting financial corruption and threatening armed groups linked to Iran, and the American military presence. And he considered that the file of Iraq’s commitment to the sanctions imposed on Iran, and on various personalities and parties inside and outside Iraq, would be within the political file that is under discussion with the prime minister.
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