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Iraq confirms its commitment to reduce oil production
Tuesday 29 December 2020 46
Baghdad: Saad Al-Sammak Iraq reaffirmed its full commitment to OPEC Plus's limitations in reducing crude oil production, in accordance with the decisions of the organization and its allies to reduce the oversupply and control oil prices, which fell to a low level last May. The director general of the Basra Oil Company, Khaled Hamzah, confirmed to Al-Sabah, "The export rate has stabilized at two million 700 thousand standard barrels per day, through the Al-Faw oil port." Hamzah added, "Iraq committed itself to reducing crude oil production during the last period, in accordance with the quotas specified in the organization's program, stressing continuation at this level." He explained, "The Ministry of Oil has prepared plans to implement strategic projects to double the export capacity of oil ports, which currently amount to more than (4 million barrels per day), to accommodate the expected increases in production." Meanwhile, the Ministry of Oil revealed its plan to add a new floating platform to the previous platforms within the Japanese loan, as well as new pipeline projects and periodic maintenance operations. In a statement to the ministry, Deputy Minister of Oil, Karim Hattab, said: “We are working to provide an appropriate environment for workers who are keen to maintain oil exports.” This comes after Hattab's visit to the Basra oil port last Saturday. It is noteworthy that OPEC countries and countries from outside reached an agreement to reduce production, starting from the beginning of last May, by reducing about 9.7 million barrels per day, or the equivalent of about 10 percent of the total global production, after the price of a barrel fell to a level below $ 16 a barrel, affected On the repercussions of the Corona pandemic, and US oil prices fell below zero for the first time in history.
Secretary Pompeo's remarks at the Int'l Institute for Strategic Studies Manama Dialogue - 10:45 AM
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China: America is the most serious threat to world peace
2019-12-11 | 07:24 813 views Today, Wednesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman described the United States as "the most serious threat to world peace," noting that Washington continues to fabricate charges against other countries.
Chun Ying said, in press statements, that the United States is doing this to start wars around the world, so the United States poses a great threat to international peace and security.
And this week, The Washington Post revealed testimonies and statements by American officials indicating that the US government was hiding the truth from the war in Afghanistan, and contradicted what the US presidents and military leaders announced that they had made progress in Afghanistan and that there was a requirement to enter into this war. .
What the newspaper disclosed is a slap in the face for American officials advocating for human rights, according to a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, but only reveals the visible portion of the floating iceberg.
Ying said that the United States took allegations of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq as a pretext for directing military strikes in this country, which led to tens of thousands of casualties and the displacement of many Iraqis. Later the United States recognized that this pretext was fabricated and that evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq’s possession was washing powder.
Finally, the United States used the proofs of the White Helmets evidence of "chemical attacks" in Syria as an excuse to direct air strikes in this country, which led to many casualties and the displacement of many.
Hua Chun Ying pointed out that the United States is still fabricating the charges in order to start wars around the world, and thus has become the most serious threat to international peace and security and has also become the most serious violation of human rights.
By Adam Montana
Iraq-Saudi border crossing to reopen after nearly 30 years
A signpost close to the Arar border crossing between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — An Iraq-Saudi Arabia border crossing is set to reopen after nearly three decades of closure, Iraq’s border crossing department announced on Thursday.
A meeting held between Iraqi and Saudi border authorities at the Arar crossing set October 15 as a test period for its reopening, a department statement said.
Anbar provincial council member Amira Odaie spoke to Rudaw on Thursday about the meeting.
“Early on Thursday morning, Iraq’s border crossing department met with their Saudi Arabian counterparts to discuss the opening of Arar crossing border, in order to boost trades and tourism between the two countries,” Odaie said.
Opening the Arar crossing will also provide job opportunities to Anbar province’s young people currently suffering from high rates of unemployment, she added.
Graphic: Mohammed Alsafar | Rudaw English, Maps4news Arar crossing closed back in 1991, when relations between the two countries deteriorated after then-president Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Iraq-Saudi relations were further damaged under former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s tenure.
Rapprochement between the two began in 2015, when Saudi Arabia reopened their Baghdad embassy after 25 years of closure.
A Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council was established in October 2017 with the aim of strengthening relations between the two countries.
Vying for influence in the country over regional rival Iran, Saudi Arabia opened a consulate in Baghdad in April 2019 after a visit from a 100-person Saudi delegation, including nine ministers. Riyadh pledged $1.5 billion in loans to Iraq during the trip.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi visited Saudi Arabia later that month, when the two countries signed 13 deals in the fields of political consultation, investment promotion and protection, agriculture, energy, electricity, and higher education.
The Arar border crossing currently opens once a year, to allow Iraqi pilgrims to enter Saudi Arabia to perform the Islamic rite of Hajj.
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