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butterfly The stability of the dollar exchange rates in Baghdad after the stock market stopped trading
2021-07-20 00:44 The stability of the dollar exchange rates in Baghdad after the stock market stopped tradingShafaq News/ The dollar exchange rates stabilized on Tuesday, after the main stock exchange in Baghdad and Erbil stopped trading due to the Eid holiday.
Shafak News Agency correspondent said that the dollar prices in the exchange shops in the local markets in Baghdad, some of which opened their doors, witnessed stability today, as the selling price amounted to 148,750 Iraqi dinars, while the purchase prices amounted to 147,750 dinars per 100 US dollars.
Our correspondent indicated that the main stock markets in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region will remain closed until the end of the Eid holiday. shafaq.com
butterfly Al-Kazemi looks forward to European support for the “white paper” reforms
2021-07-20 07:03 Al-Kazemi looks forward to European support for the white paper reformsShafaq News/ Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi stressed on Tuesday the importance of benefiting from the European experience in post-war recovery, looking forward to the European Union’s support for the reforms undertaken by his government.
Al-Kazemi’s office said in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, that the latter made a televised call today with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, during which they discussed relations between Iraq and the European Union and ways to develop them, and discussing the file of Iraqi refugees and displaced persons, and addressing the problems and ways they face. They return to their homes after securing the appropriate conditions for that.
Al-Kazemi expressed, according to the statement, Iraq’s adherence to the approach of the best strategic relations with European countries, developing the level of economic and commercial cooperation with major European companies, and benefiting from the European experience in post-war advancement and presenting it as a model for development, as happened after World War II.
Al-Kazemi affirmed his aspiration for the European Union to support the reforms undertaken by the government within the framework of the white paper, which includes financial, economic, and institutional reforms, and the great challenges it faces. Because there are many parties affected by it, according to the statement, which indicated that the call also discussed cooperation with the European Union in efforts to combat corruption and money laundering.
butterfly For his part, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, affirmed his quest to develop relations with Iraq, and his keenness to establish a true partnership with it.
Michel praised Iraq’s growing regional role, and indicated that the European Council considers Iraq a primary and preferred partner in the region. shafaq.com
butterfly An Iraqi politician expects the elections to be postponed and canceled: a prelude to the outbreak of the (drawn) civil war
2021-07-20 02:08 An Iraqi politician expects the elections to be postponed and canceled – a prelude to the outbreak of the drawn civil warShafaq News/ The prominent Iraqi politician, Izzat al-Shabandar, expected on Tuesday to postpone the legislative elections scheduled for next October and then cancel them to prepare for what he called the outbreak of a civil war in the country.
Shabandar said in a statement posted on social media platforms “Twitter”, “With the aim of postponing the elections and then canceling them, we will witness more bombings, fires and assassinations to plunge Iraq into the furnace of conflicting interests and wills in preparation for the outbreak of the (drawn) civil war.”
Shabandar called “the Iraqi government and the religious and political authorities to assume their responsibilities before the disaster.” shafaq.com
butterfly Al-Kazemi: I was exposed to 3 assassination attempts and I am not afraid
7-20-2021 Al-Kazemi – I was exposed to 3 assassination attempts and I am not afraidBaghdad – Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi revealed, on Sunday, that he was subjected to three failed assassination attempts, stressing that his government is determined to confront the attempts of non-state groups to penetrate security fortresses and that he will discuss in Washington withdrawing its combat forces.
Al-Kazemi said, in an interview with “Al-Hadath” TV (owned by Saudi Arabia), “I was subjected to three failed assassination attempts, and I am not worried or afraid.”
He did not give details about the locations and dates of these attempts, nor the parties responsible for them.
He stressed that he will continue to perform his duties according to the program he has set to run the country.
Since May 2020, the Al-Kazemi government has assumed power, succeeding the government of Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who resigned in late 2019, under the weight of popular protests accusing the ruling political elite of corruption, incompetence and dependency on the outside.
Al-Kazemi stressed that the “non-state” groups who do not want the good of Iraq, in reference to the militias that seek to turn it into an arena for conflict, “my message to them: that you have no choice but the state and that absurd acts do not serve anyone, they do not serve Iraq, nor the countries of the region, nor the future of our children.” .
He stressed that these groups do not bear a sense of responsibility, but rather the absurd spirit that puts Iraq’s future at risk.
butterfly He pointed out that there is coordination with the Kurdistan Regional Government, “and as there are some abuses in Baghdad and the regions of Iraq, there are abuses in the region, and these groups are trying to penetrate all the security fortresses, but in return there is good work between Baghdad and Erbil and excellent coordination, and we succeeded in arresting groups in the region and groups in Baghdad.” .
He continued, “We need to stay away from sectarianism and sectarianism to build the state and national loyalty,” noting that he chose “the policy of silence, not clashing in front of the transgressions of those who believe in the policy of non-state, and dialogue is the solution.”
The Iraqi Prime Minister went on to say that “non-state groups” are behind the targeting of diplomatic missions in Iraq, stressing, “We will protect all Iraqi state institutions, and whoever tries to transgress the concept of the state will be outside the framework of the state.”
Regarding his visit to Washington and his meeting with US President Joe Biden on the 26th of this month, Al-Kazemi indicated that it “comes to organize relations and withdraw combat forces,” adding, “We hope that we will not be an arena for the conflict of the United States and Iran.”
butterfly He pointed out that his visit aims to “regulate Iraqi-American relations and the withdrawal of combat forces.” He added that the United States is an important country and a superpower that helped Iraq in the war against ISIS, and this visit will not only concern the military aspect, but also the economic, cultural, educational aspects and everything that is in the interest of the Iraqi people and the future of relations between the two countries
And regarding direct secret talks between Iran and the United States, hosted by Iraq months ago, Al-Kazemi said that “the US-Iranian dialogue will have repercussions on the entire region.”
Iraqis complain that their country has become one of the arenas for settling scores between the United States and Iran, who are linked by controversial files, including Tehran’s nuclear and missile programs and the two countries’ foreign policy towards the Middle East.
Al-Kadhimi stressed, “We are working to help find a mechanism for dialogue between Iran and the United States to resolve all points of contention between the two countries.
He stressed, “It is not in anyone’s interest that there be a conflict in Iraq, as it will have very large regional repercussions, and for this we are working very hard to calm and encourage dialogue. We understand Iran’s concerns on some issues, as well as the concerns of the United States, and we are working to find mechanisms for action and consensus between The two states.”
butterfly He explained, “We speak with the Iranians frankly, that Iraq is in dire need of stability, and we need state-to-state relations with respect for the privacy of each country, and the Iranians are working hard to help us build stability and call for calm in Iraq. Iran is a neighbor of Iraq, and we need continuous dialogue “.
He said, “We will visit Tehran, and we have many pending files, and there are common points and interpretations that need dialogue and solutions.” He pointed out that if the US-Iranian dialogue reached an agreement, its repercussions would be not only on Iraq but on the region in general, and we hope that these negotiations will take place and succeed in order to put an end to this long conflict.
And regarding the early parliamentary elections, on October 10, Al-Kazemi said, “The most important person who thinks that I am seeking to postpone the elections to go to an emergency government, we will work hard to hold the elections on time,” noting that he is optimistic about the elections and hopes for good participation that restores consideration to the parliamentary system.
These elections are one of the demands of popular protests that began in Iraq in October 2019.
butterfly And on Thursday, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced his boycott of these elections, considering this “to preserve what is left of the homeland, and to save the homeland that the corrupt have burned and are still burning.”
Regarding this boycott, Al-Kazemi said, “We understand Al-Sadr’s decision to withdraw from the elections, and we call on him to return from it,” adding, “We ask the Iraqis to contribute to reform through the elections.”
He pointed out that the political system in Iraq needs to be reviewed completely, as well as the constitution, and said, “We need real, correct mechanisms to serve the citizen…the provincial councils were a good step, but the political conflict spoiled the work of these councils.”
He noted that corruption and the struggle for influence spoiled the process of providing services to citizens, and that is why the parties participating in the elections should think about providing public service first instead of looking for prestige and political influence.
Regarding the confessions published by the Iraqi authorities two days ago to one of those accused of assassinating the writer and security expert Hisham Al-Hashemi, Al-Kazemi said, “We revealed all the participants in the operation, but some of them fled outside Iraq, and one of the criminals was arrested.”
butterfly He continued, “The criminal who was arrested is an employee of the Ministry of Interior (an officer with the rank of first lieutenant), but he belongs to (undisclosed) outlaw groups, and the judiciary will say his decisive word.”
In July 2020, gunmen assassinated al-Hashemi near his home, east of the capital, Baghdad, amid local and international condemnation, and no party claimed this crime. rawabetcenter.com