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Minister of Finance: Signing three agreements with American companies

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The Ministry of Finance announced, on Thursday August 20, 2020, that it had signed three agreements with well-known American companies to support the economy, finance large projects and develop the electricity sector.

Finance Minister Ali Abdul Amir Allawi told government media that three agreements were signed with the American side, the first of which was with USAID to restore their programs in Iraq and support the Iraqi economy, especially in the field of social development, indicating that the agency is one of the largest institutions that contributed to the re-operations Reconstruction of Iraq.

He added that the second agreement was with one of the US government institutions that supports direct investments by taking stakes in corporate institutions, including Iraqi companies, and that they will be an important source in financing large projects.

With regard to the third signature, Allawi explained that it was done with the Ji Electrical Equipment Company to finance major projects in the electricity sector, and the agreement will be important to rebuild the electricity sector and power generation in Iraq, pointing out that the Development Agency with the American Foundation for Investment support will provide up to five billion dollars and will be in installments It will be directed towards development projects for the purpose of developing the Iraqi economy

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2020/08/20 21:16
 

In Pictures: Al-Kazemi and Trump chair the expanded meeting of the Iraqi and American delegations

 

 

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Thanks 6Ly.... I would love to know the reason behind that big smile and thumbs up 

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Finance announces the signing of three agreements with American companies

The Ministry of Finance announced, on Thursday, that it had signed three agreements with sound American companies to support the economy, finance large projects, and develop the electricity sector.

 
The Minister of Finance, Ali Abdul Amir Allawi, told government media that "three agreements were signed with the American side, the first with USAID to restore their programs in Iraq and support the Iraqi economy, especially in the field of social development," indicating that "the agency is one of the largest institutions that contributed In the reconstruction of Iraq. "
 
 
He added that "the second agreement was with one of the US government institutions that supports direct investments by taking shares in corporate institutions, including Iraqi companies, and they will be an important source in financing large projects."
 
Regarding the third signature, Allawi explained that "it has been done with the Jie Electric Equipment Company to finance major projects in the electricity sector. The agreement will be important to rebuilding the electricity sector and power generation in Iraq," noting that "the Development Agency with the American Foundation for Investment support will provide up to five billion dollars." And it will be in batches and will be directed towards development projects for the purpose of developing the Iraqi economy
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WOW!  al Kadhimi is smiling in the picture above.  

I've never seen him smile when he's in Iraq.

What is going on?  This could be good!  He's looking happy and so is Trump.

Maybe Trump is going to get even richer?

I think he may have Dinar.   :rolleyes:

 

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Today .. Al-Kazemi meets with Trump and the reconstruction of Iraq tops the talks

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Today .. Al-Kazemi meets with Trump and the reconstruction of Iraq tops the talks
 
Baghdad / Al-Sabah / Muhannad Abdul-Wahhab
 
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi will meet with US President Donald Trump this evening, while he will later hold a new round of strategic dialogue between Washington and Baghdad, and it is expected that the issue of completing the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq will top the agenda of the visit of Al-Kazemi and his accompanying delegation.
According to the delegation, this morning, Thursday, will witness a series of meetings that will focus on the economic side, including a meeting with a number of major companies and economic institutions regarding the reconstruction of Iraq, and according to officials in the delegation: Contracts will be signed with major companies on gas, oil and electricity, in the presence of the ministers of oil and electricity And finance.  
Al-Kazemi will also hold a session with American economic institutions, and start the second round of the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States, the first of which took place via video call on June 12, and Al-Kazemi will hold a meeting with a number of American research centers.   
A statement of the Prime Minister’s Media Office, received by Al-Sabah, stated that “Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi will discuss in Washington the strengthening of relations and joint cooperation in several areas, in addition to discussing regional developments.”
The Iraqi delegation received a reception that was described as "exceptional", as many streets in the American capital were closed, and American officials told members of the Iraqi delegation: "US President Donald Trump requested a reception from the upper echelon at the security level."
Regarding the intended results of the prime minister's visit to the American capital, which was preceded by an official visit to the Iranian capital, Tehran, Independent Representative Nada Shaker Jawdat expressed her hope that Al-Kazemi's visit to Washington and his meeting with the American President would yield positive steps, including activating investment to support the economy in the country and preserve The unity and sovereignty of Iraq against any interference or aggression on its Iraqi borders, and to keep it away from the circle of political conflicts that take its land as an arena for it.
In an interview with Al-Sabah, Jawdat said: The most important thing that should be discussed in the talks is preserving the unity and sovereignty of Iraq and focusing on the economic file, because it is one of the priorities, in addition to the exit of US and foreign forces from Iraq and the recovery of Iraqi money smuggled abroad, indicating that The visit represents a good opportunity that must be invested in building Iraq and joint work with the international community, which is possible if support is provided to the Iraqi industrial and agricultural sectors and with the help of world countries, the general situation in Iraq will change. 
Jawdat stressed the need for the results of the visit to be positive and in the interest of Iraq in all industrial, agricultural and security sectors, because the country's security stability will generate positive results for the work of all other sectors and thus will reflect positively on the labor market and contribute to limiting the spread of unemployment, indicating that Iraq now needs stability. In all respects, because it suffered a lot, so Iraq must rise, and this will not be achieved if everyone does not unite in order to achieve this ambition.  
Multiple reports indicated that Iraq and Al-Kazemi enjoyed everything that was required to bridge the gap between Washington and Tehran, as Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi had lines of communication with the various conflicting capitals in the region, which was what Washington could benefit from during the visit, but Al-Kazemi confirmed, prior to his travel To the United States, that Iraq will not play the role of mediator between Tehran and Washington, and he continued: “And I will not be 
Postman".
During a meeting with the US Institute of Peace a few days before Al-Kazemi’s visit, the Commander of the US Army’s Central Command, Kenneth MacKenzie, affirmed that his country's military presence “in Iraq will change in coordination with the Iraqi government,” suggesting that “Al-Kazemi is moving in the right direction and the United States should support it
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Al-Kazemi from Washington: Investment opportunities are available to American businessmen and companies

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Al-Kazemi from Washington: Investment opportunities are available to American businessmen and companies
 
Baghdad / morning 
 
In the framework of his current visit to Washington, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi met with a number of members of the American Businessmen Forum and the American Chamber of Commerce, in the presence of the US Secretary of Energy Dan Proelt.
At the beginning of the meeting, Al-Kazemi welcomed the members of the Businessmen Forum and the American Chamber of Commerce, and expressed his thanks for their warm hospitality and reception.
Al-Kazemi pointed to the importance of sustainable strategic cooperation with the United States, and with American companies and banks, and stressed the government's willingness to remove all obstacles to the work of American companies in Iraq.
And he indicated that investment opportunities are available to American businessmen and companies, and called on American banks to cooperate in the development of the Iraqi banking system, to keep pace with international banks as the basis for a major economic openness.
For their part, members of the Businessmen Forum and the American Chamber of Commerce expressed the readiness of major American companies to work and invest in Iraq, and expressed their optimism about the steps of the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, since he assumed his duties in the government.
 
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Al-Kazemi during his meeting with Trump: We look forward to building partnership relations between Iraq and the United States

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Al-Kazemi during his meeting with Trump: We look forward to building partnership relations between Iraq and the United States
 
Baghdad / morning 
 
The Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, met at the White House today, Thursday, the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.
 
Al-Kazemi held a bilateral meeting with the US President, in which they discussed strengthening relations between the two countries, the situation in the region, and the many challenges that Iraq faces.
 
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi praised the stances of the United States of America and its support for Iraq in its war against ISIS, and its assistance to it in overthrowing the former regime.
 
 Al-Kazemi indicated that his government is looking forward to building partnership relations between Iraq and the United States of America, based on the economic basis and common interests for a better future for Iraq and the Iraqi people, and he welcomed American investment companies in Iraq.
 
He stressed that no threat to Iraq would be allowed from any country, and he also stressed his refusal for Iraq to be a starting point for threatening any of its neighbors, citing what was stated in the Iraqi constitution.
 
Al-Kazemi referred to the diplomatic path adopted by Iraq in dealing with Turkish violations on Iraqi lands, and confirmed the existence of a dialogue with Turkey to correct the current situation, expressing his hope that this problem will be solved soon, as it is related to the sovereignty of Iraq, and Turkey must understand the current conditions of Iraq.
 
Trump welcomed Al-Kazemi and emphasized the continued support of the United States for Iraq, and indicated that Iraq is an independent and sovereign country, with which we have good relations, and we are ready to provide all forms of assistance to him, and he indicated the development of the path of relations between the two countries with the advent of Mr. Al-Kazemi, which will reflect on a better future for Iraq. .
 
 Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and US President Donald Trump chaired the expanded meeting of the Iraqi and American delegations.
 
Where they discussed security cooperation and the start of a new phase of this cooperation in terms of training and arming the security forces, in addition to continuing cooperation and strengthening economic partnership, and inviting American companies to invest in Iraq.
 
The meeting also discussed health cooperation between the two countries, and the effects of the Corona pandemic on the overall situation
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American banks to cooperate in the development of the Iraqi banking system, to keep pace with international banks as the basis for a major economic openness.

I would hope this means American Banks can handle their currency and that they are truly sovereign and able to be traded internationally 

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Al-Kazemi and Trump preside over the expanded meeting of the Iraqi and American delegations

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Al-Kazemi and Trump preside over the expanded meeting of the Iraqi and American delegations
 
Washington / Morning 
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and US President Donald Trump chaired today, Thursday, the expanded meeting of the Iraqi and American delegations.
 
Al-Kazemi and Trump had stressed earlier, the need to respect the sovereignty of Iraq.
Al-Kazemi said during a joint press conference with US President Donald Trump: “Turkish interference in Iraq is unacceptable and we will not allow it,” noting that “Turkish attacks are not separate and we do not allow any threat.” 
Al-Kazemi welcomed US companies and investments in Iraq.
For his part, Trump stressed, "his support for Iraq to be ready to defend itself," noting that "Iraq is a sovereign state and it is not appropriate for us to stay for a long time."
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi succeeded in leading the strategic dialogue to obtain an American withdrawal from Iraq, while the Iraqi and American sides agreed to form a special team to discuss mechanisms and timings for the redeployment of the international coalition forces led by the United States outside Iraq
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Minister of Finance: Signing three agreements with American companies

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Minister of Finance: Signing three agreements with American companies
 
Washington / Zina Ibrahim
 
Today, Thursday, the Ministry of Finance announced the signing of three agreements with well-known American companies to support the economy, finance large projects and develop the electricity sector.
The Minister of Finance, Ali Abdul Amir Allawi, said today, Thursday: "Three agreements have been signed with the American side, the first of which is with USAID to restore their programs in Iraq and support the Iraqi economy, especially in the field of social development," indicating that the agency is one of the largest institutions that contributed to the operations Reconstruction of Iraq. "
He added that "the second agreement was with one of the American government institutions that supports direct investments by taking shares in corporate institutions, including Iraqi companies, and they will be an important source in financing large projects."
With regard to the third signature, Allawi said, "It has been with the Ji Electrical Equipment Company to finance major projects in the electricity sector. The agreement will be important for rebuilding the electricity sector and power generation in Iraq."
He continued that "the Agency for Development with the American Foundation for Investment support will provide up to five billion dollars and will be in installments and will be directed towards development projects for the purpose of developing the Iraqi economy
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2020/08/20 14:45

The American Congress of Kazemi: This ongoing relationship contributes to building a secure and prosperous Iraq

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Baghdad / Al-Masala: The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said, Thursday, August 20, 2020, that the ongoing strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq will pave the way for an ongoing relationship between the two countries, as well as the creation of a safe and prosperous Iraq in which all Iraqis will enjoy.

Obelisk publishes the text of the statement

We write to your Excellency to welcome you and express our support for the continuation of the strong partnership between our two countries. 

We share with you the desire to see a secure, sovereign Iraq free from unwanted foreign interference. 

We realize that our two countries have a common history, and we believe that the ongoing strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq will pave the way for an ongoing relationship between the two countries, as well as the creation of a secure and prosperous Iraq in which all Iraqis will enjoy.

We highly value your commitment to security cooperation between the United States and Iraq, and we realize that this cooperation will only be based on the request and approval of the Iraqi government. 

As our mutual security cooperation has dispersed the existence of the caliphate of the Islamic State, increased the professionalism and capabilities of the security forces, and laid the foundations for Iraqi forces to lead military operations with multi-level US military support. More importantly, this cooperation continues to consolidate the primacy of the Iraqi security forces as the true guarantor of Iraqi sovereignty over any other independent armed group.

We were astonished by your commitment to the necessary reforms that will be difficult to achieve politically and the concrete steps that you have taken to implement those reforms. 

We also encourage any efforts that can be initiated in order to root out corruption and reform the system of patronage that has hindered economic growth in Iraq and pushed many Iraqi youths to the streets to demonstrate during the past year. We also respect your commitment to protect the rights of people in peaceful demonstrations and to listen to their demands. 

We are confident that the US-Iraqi economic cooperation will enable Iraq to benefit not only from its natural resources, but also from its human resources, by pursuing more reforms that encourage Iraqis to establish projects in the private sector in addition to foreign investment as well as strengthening diplomatic ties. And economic with the neighboring Arab countries.

Finally, we are encouraged by your announcement on July 31 that early elections will be held in Iraq next June. As always, the United States stands ready to support the democratic process in Iraq. As members of the Senate, we believe that there are few strong examples of Iraq's sovereignty, including the holding of free and fair elections that clearly demonstrate that Iraqi leaders will be subject to the rule of law and the will of the Iraqi people.

We realize that the way forward is not easy. From the efforts of national and local reconciliation to the last remnants of ISIS to the drop in oil prices as well as the spread of the Corona pandemic, we have become clearly aware and fully sympathetic to the challenges that your government faces and that ordinary citizens of every sect and race face. However, we also believe that there is bipartisan support in Congress to deepen the partnership with Iraq in the interest of the security and prosperity of the United States and Iraq while we continue to respect Iraqi sovereignty.

Senator James E. Rush is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Senator Robert Mendes. Senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Thursday، 20 August 2020 11:07 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday redoubled his promise to withdraw the few U.S. troops still in Iraq, but said Washington would remain ready to help if neighboring Iran took any hostile action.

 

Speaking during his first meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Trump said he looked forward to the day when U.S. troops could exit the country, but said U.S. businesses were already making “very big oil deals” there. 


“We’ll be leaving shortly,” Trump told reporters. “We have very few soldiers in Iraq ... but we’re there to help. And the prime minister knows that,” Trump said. “If Iran should do anything, we will be there to help the Iraqi people.” 


The president declined to lay out a timetable for a full withdrawal. 


Trump’s first meeting with the Iraqi leader comes amid a new spike in tensions between Washington and Tehran after Washington said it would seek to reinstate all previously suspended U.S. sanctions on Iran at the United Nations. 


Al-Kadhimi, who has challenged the power of Iran-aligned armed groups in Iraq, took office in April, becoming the third Iraqi head of state after months of deadly protests in a country exhausted by decades of war, corruption and economic challenges. 

Washington is pressing for an extension of a U.N.-imposed arms embargo against Iran that is due to expire in October under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which the United States quit in 2018. 


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters the United States was working with Iraqi officials to get the number of U.S. troops in Iraq “down to the lowest level as quickly as we can.” The United States has had around 5,000 troops stationed in the country, and coalition allies another 2,500. 


Al-Kadhimi told reporters that Iraq was in discussions with Turkey over what he called its “unacceptable” involvement in northern Iraq. Iraq’s constitution explicitly banned use of its territory to attack any neighboring country, he said. 


The United States and Iraq in June affirmed their commitment to the reduction of U.S. troops in Iraq in coming months, with no plans by Washington to maintain permanent bases or a permanent military presence in Iraq. 


Since 2014, the primary mission of U.S. troops deployed in Iraq has been defeating the Islamic State militant group. Officials in the U.S.-led coalition say Iraqi forces are now mostly able to handle the insurgents on their own. 


Iraq’s parliament had voted earlier this year for the departure of foreign troops from Iraq, and U.S. and other coalition troops have been leaving as part of a drawdown. 

Even as U.S. forces exit Iraq, U.S. energy companies are expanding their investments in the oil-rich nation, which has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil prices. 


Five U.S. firms, including Chevron Corp, signed agreements on Wednesday with the Iraqi government aimed at boosting Iraq’s energy independence from Iran. 

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Thursday، 20 August 2020 01:04 AM

Kadhimi's visit to Washington comes at 'sensitive' time: White House

https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en/Story/49340/Kadhimi-s-visit-to-Washington-comes-at-sensitive-time-White-House

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The White House stated that the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to Washington "comes at a sensitive time and regional threats."

 

Coinciding with Al-Kadhimi's visit, he said: "Our goal is to stop Iran's disgraceful behavior in Iraq, and we will help the Iraqi government to achieve this, and we understand the religious and cultural ties between Iran and Iraq." He also stressed that "the talks will deal with Turkey's role in Iraq as well."

The White House added, "We want Iraq to be a stable and prosperous country, and we also want to prevent ISIS from returning." He pointed out that "the files of minorities will be dealt with and their protection after the defeat of the organization," and it is important to support the Kurdistan region by the Iraqi government.

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Good news from Washington regarding the financial dispute between Baghdad and Kurdistan

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2020-08-20 03:34

 

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Shafaq News / The director of the Strategic Information and Research Center in Kurdistan revealed positive results that the visit concluded, especially in the economic aspect and the financial crisis between Baghdad and Erbil.

Aras Khoshnaw told Shafaq News, in a phone call from Washington, "There is good news after the Iraqi delegation's visit to Washington ends," regarding the financial crisis between the region and Baghdad.

Khoshnaw accused the media and communication sites of confusing the reality of the negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil, stressing the Kurdistan Region’s keenness to obtain constitutional rights and reach fair and just solutions to the crises.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced financial aid to Baghdad, and called on the Iraqi government to launch the budget for the Kurdistan Region.

Last April, a document issued by the federal government revealed that the salaries of Kurdistan Region employees were stopped, due to "Erbil's failure to deliver imports of oil sales to it." However, the regional government denied this information, and began rounds of dialogue with the government in Baghdad.

The rounds of dialogue concluded with the signing of an agreement this month regulating the financial relationship between the two parties.

Baghdad pays 453 billion Iraqi dinars (about 380 million dollars) monthly in salaries to the region's employees, but these amounts decreased after the collapse of oil prices due to the Corona pandemic.

 

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