The Iraqi Embassy in Washington receives two antiquities from the treasures of Iraq

Baghdad The Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Al-Sahhaf, announced that the Iraqi Embassy in Washington had received two antiquities from the treasures of Iraq.

He said in the statement of the two pieces, the first piece was a work of art that was seized by the FBI in Boston, and the piece is more than 2,700 years old. As for the second piece, it is a cuneiform tablet from the Babylonian era that was seized by the Office of National Security Investigation (HSI) and dates back to more than 3,300 years.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

MP Arshad Al-Salehi: The Iraqi people, with their solidarity, defeated terrorist groups

Kirkuk Chairman of the Human Rights Committee in the Parliament, Member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, MP Arshad Al-Salehi, confirmed that the terrorist groups in Iraq have practiced the most severe and violent forms of repression, abuse, killing, destruction and absenteeism, as well as confiscating opinion and trying to split the national ranks and sow discord among the components, sects and religions of this people.

He said, “If it were not for the solidarity and unity of the Iraqis, their cooperation, and their rejection of all kinds of extremism and all its manifestations, images, and abhorrent garments, we would not have defeated them, and Iraq today is living in a state of understanding and deep awareness of these challenges that it faces.”

This came in the speech of the Republic of Iraq delivered by Al-Salehi, before the 146th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, held in the Kingdom of Bahrain during the period from 11 to 15 March, where the work of the Assembly is being held to discuss the topic “Promoting peaceful coexistence and inclusive societies: to combat intolerance.

He continued, “The world must pay attention to the experience for which the Iraqis sacrificed precious blood and overcame the great difficulties and difficult times, and today they are fully aware of the damages of this tendency and the heavy losses it costs, and the Iraqis have decided not to return in any form to this stage and to confront blind terrorism wherever it is., and everyone should draw lessons and lessons from what they presented, and remember the sacrifices and martyrs.”

Al-Salehi extended his abundant thanks and great appreciation to the Kingdom of Bahrain, king, government and people, for organizing this rich international parliamentary gathering that included active discussions, whose importance came at the same time from the topic of values research to provide clear answers to critical and urgent questions that may contribute to finding urgent and radical solutions for the world’s suffering from the danger of religious, political and social fanaticism, and to give an opportunity to enhance cooperation and peaceful coexistence among different peoples, cultures and civilizations.

He stressed that our world has suffered in the past two decades from successive economic, social and cultural crises that had a direct impact on the reality of local and international societies and caused severe cracks in the global fabric and negatively reflected on the reality of security and safety of peoples and helped to produce racist conflicts at various political, social, cultural and even economic levels. The forms of communication in their human dimensions were disturbingly damaged due to the shattering of trust and the resorting of fragile groups and groups to take refuge in addresses outside the context of the state, law and public order after the failure of the regimes to secure a safe and stable life for them after the incursion of armed groups into local communities in some countries.

He noted that the escalation of tension in the world today has brought us to the brink of the abyss, after the supremacy of hate speech in media and political influence platforms, and the failure to direct this speech through international legislation and laws.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

MP: The budget will soon reach Parliament and its approval will not take time

Baghdad The MP of Al-Fateh Alliance, Salem Al-Anbaki, affirmed that the budget will soon reach Parliament and its approval will not take time.

He told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) that the budget was sent to the Parliamentary Finance Committee and was returned to the government to make some amendments to it.

He added: The government is continuing its procedures related to the amendments to the budget, and when it is completed, it would be returned to Parliament for its first and second reading, discussion and approval.

He explained: The approval of the budget will not be delayed in light of the agreement of the political blocs on most of its paragraphs after the agreement of the Finance Committee, which includes all political blocs, on the amendments sent to the Council of Ministers.

He continued: The budget deficit depends on the rise or fall in the price of oil, which we hope will be high to reduce the deficit.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Pictures….The meetings of the Iraqi-Iranian joint committee launched in Baghdad

Baghdad The activities of the fifth session of the meetings of the Iraqi-Iranian Joint Committee kicked off today Sunday, in the capital, Baghdad, under the auspices of Prime Minister Muhammad Al-Sudani, and in the presence of the Iranian Ambassador Muhammad Kazem Al Sadiq and officials of the Ministry of trade.

During the two-day meetings, the Iraqi side was chaired by Minister of Trade Atheer Dawood Al-Ghurairy, and on the Iranian side, Minister of Economy and Finance Ihsan Khandozi.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Iranian Embassy: They are serious about activating the Shalamcheh-Basra railway

Baghdad The Iranian Ambassador to Iraq, Muhammad Kadhem Al Sadiq, said today, Sunday, that there is a serious will between the two countries to launch the “Shalamcheh-Basra” railway.

IRNA reported, on Sunday evening, that Al-Sadiq’s statements came on the sidelines of the meeting of the Joint Iranian-Iraqi Economic Committee, which was held at Al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad.

The Iranian diplomat confirmed that the five committees for economic cooperation between his country and Iraq are carrying out preliminary work at the present time, provided that these agreements will be completed tomorrow, Monday, and they will be signed immediately.

Al Sadiq said that during the recent visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani, to Iran, the importance of launching the “Shalamcheh-Basra” railway was stressed, noting that the work of the two countries is proceeding seriously in this regard, so that the Iraqi Prime Minister has formed his own commission to take over this file.

“The two sides are now implementing their obligations regarding the railways, and we hope that these measures will bear fruit soon through the opening of the Shalamcheh-Basra railway,” he said.

It is noteworthy that an Iranian delegation consisting of 60 members, headed by the Minister of Economy and Finance, Ehsan Khandozi, and the representative of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is participating in meetings with their Iraqi counterparts at the head of 5 committees, in the meetings held in Baghdad.

It is noteworthy that these meetings will be held from 12-14 March in Baghdad, and that Atheer Daoud Salman, the Iraqi Minister of Trade, is the one who heads the corresponding Iraqi delegations and commissions in these meetings.

Director of the Iranian Railways Corporation, Saeed Rasouli, previously indicated in July 2019 that the project to link the Iranian cities of Shalamcheh and Basra in Iraq, with a length of 32 km, will start after about three months with implementation and funding from Iran, and will be completed by linking Shalamcheh with the port of Imam Khomeini and linking Basra with the port of Latakia.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Al-Sudani opens Umm Qasr Silo in Basra after a seven-year hiatus

Baghdad The Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia’a Al-Sudani, inaugurated today, Sunday, the Umm Qasr Silo in Basra Governorate, after a seven-year hiatus.

Al-Sudani stressed during the inauguration, according to a statement by his media office: “The opening of the Umm Qasr Silo project coincides with the government’s vision of reforming the performance and efficiency of the productive sectors, stressing the government’s determination to secure the requirements of food security, which it adopted in its executive program, in a way that helps to face various challenges.”

It is noteworthy that the Umm Qasr silo has been suspended since 2016, and the government proceeded to complete it quickly with a design capacity of 60 thousand tons, 20 thousand tons were put into operation within a month, and work is continuing to operate 45 thousand tons within a month and a half.

The silo has been linked to the railway line in order to transport wheat from the southern ports, passing through all the governorates that have railways, all the way to Nineveh Governorate, which will contribute to shortening time and saving money.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

SPEECH OF MR. ARARAT MIRZOYAN, THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA ON THE 159TH SESSION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES AT THE MINISTERIAL LEVEL

Let me first express my gratitude to His Excellency Mr. Aboul Gheit, the Secretary General of Arab League and to the President of the current session, His Excellency Foreign Minister of Egypt Mr. Shoukry as well as to all member states for the opportunity to address today this distinguished audience. I consider it a symbolic gesture of friendship and mutual respect and, of course, shared history.

I would like to start by praising the centuries-old relations between Armenian and Arab nations. We are connected to each other by strong bonds of historical and cultural ties which continue serving as a basis for current friendly relations, cooperation and warm people-to-people contacts. Throughout history, our nations have lived side by side and shared each other’s joys and griefs.

During the tragic events of the early 20th century thousands of Armenians, escaping the Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire in 1915, found a safe shelter in the Arab countries. During those challenging times, the Armenians were given the freedom to live and create in the host Arab countries. It will never be forgotten by the Armenians. And I am proud to note that our compatriots contributed greatly to the progress and development of those Arab countries in various spheres.

I would like to note that Armenia, being a cradle of ancient civilizations, has also been preserving the Islamic heritage, a vivid example of which are the thousands of manuscripts, kept in the Armenian Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts – Matenadaran. In the heart of our capital city Yerevan, we proudly preserve and exhibit Arabic Manuscripts including masterpieces of Arabic calligraphy, such as the first scripts of the Holy Quran, the rare books of religious, philosophical, historiographic, and philological content.

Armenia and Arab countries also developed close relations and fruitful cooperation on the state level. There is a full understanding between Armenia and the Arab countries on important issues, including the peace process in the Middle East.

Dear colleagues,

In our region, Armenia is engaged in talks with Azerbaijan discussing normalisation of relations between our two countries, aimed at the establishment of peace in the region.

I do not want to go into the details of the full-fledged aggressions against the peaceful population of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the sovereign territory of Armenia. Neither I do want you to find yourselves in the middle of the accusations and fighting. Instead, I would like to draw a general picture of the overall process.

I want to emphasize that Armenia rejects the use of force or the threat of force and is trying to negotiate with the neighbors in good faith and is committed to finding fair solutions to all outstanding issues through diplomatic means. Instead of reciprocating our genuine efforts, Azerbaijan continues its hate speech and xenophobic rhetoric as well as aggressive and maximalist actions.

In this regard, I would like to touch upon the latest developments. As you know, it has been more than 2 months since the Lachin corridor, the only road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to the outside world was illegally closed by a group of so-called eco-activists, obviously orchestrated by the Azerbaijani government. Furthermore, Azerbaijan regularly disrupts the electricity and gas supply to Nagorno-Karabakh. As a result, the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh are on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. Instead of engaging with local authorities in talks on the rights and security guarantees of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh, the highest leadership of Azerbaijan calls on the people of Nagorno-Karabakh to leave their homes aiming to deprive them of their homeland and realize its policy of ethnic cleansing.

In the context of the blockade of the Lachin corridor, I would like to underline that on 22 February this year, the International Court of Justice issued a legally binding provisional measure against Azerbaijan. In the mentioned order, the Court has found that there is an imminent risk of irreparable harm to Armenians’ rights and ordered Azerbaijan to take all necessary measures to ensure unimpeded movement of persons, vehicles and cargo along the Lachin corridor in both directions.

Distinguished Ministers,

Unfortunately, our neighboring Azerbaijan continuously manipulates the Armenia-Azerbaijan relations and the Nagorno-Karabakh issue on various international platforms, especially those organizations where Armenia is not represented, such as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Non-Aligned Movement, trying to give it a religious tone and using the delicate concept of Muslim solidarity. We expect that such attempts will be rejected and will not drag our friendly Arab countries into the field of religious discord. We should prevent any further attempt of giving a religious tone to the pure political and humanitarian disputes.

And once again, in this platform of the League of Arab States, I emphasize that Armenia attaches great importance to the relations with the Arab states and reiterate our readiness to broaden the prospects of our cooperation with all of you.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Today.. The fifth meeting of the Joint Economic Committee between Iraq and Iran starts

Baghdad The Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Affairs, Mehdi Safri, announced that the fifth meeting of the joint economic committee between Iran and Iraq will be held in Baghdad today and will last for three days.

Safri said in a statement, according to IRNA, that following the consultations that took place with Iraqi officials within the framework of the current Iranian government’s interest in holding meetings of joint economic committees with target countries, especially neighboring countries, the fifth meeting of the joint economic committee between the Islamic Republic and Iraq will be held in Baghdad during the period from March 12 to 14, 2023.

He indicated that this meeting will discuss important issues of cooperation in various fields, including banking, transport, transit, agriculture, investments, insurance, trade, export of technical and engineering services, energy, scientific and sports fields, and various documents will be signed in the field of consolidating bilateral cooperation.

It is noteworthy that the volume of trade exchange between Iran and Iraq during the first ten months of the current Iranian year (ending on March 20, 2023) amounted to nearly $9 billion, the share of Iranian exports of which amounted to $8.927 billion, a growth of 23%, while the volume of imports from Iraq amounted to $146 million, with a decrease 84% compared to the same period last year.

The fourth meeting of the joint economic committee between the two countries was held more than two years ago in Tehran, hosted by the Iranian Ministry of Energy.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Economist: Opening new outlets for selling the currency is a step to improve the exchange rate

Baghdad, The consultant in industrial development and investment, Amer Al-Jawahiry, considered opening new outlets for selling the currency is a step to improve the exchange rate.

He told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) that the government’s measure to open new outlets will not improve the exchange rate first, but rather it is a step followed by steps to improve the exchange rate in the parallel market, including remittances and the electronic platform, and the work of merchants so that it is fast without delay.

He explained: What is important in all of these steps is the government’s ability to manage the file and increase sales outlets through follow-up and taking appropriate measures to improve the currency exchange rate.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

The Minister of Finance announces the completion of the draft budget law and sending it to the Council of Ministers / more

Baghdad The Minister of Finance, Taif Sami, announced the completion of the draft federal budget law for the year 2023 and sending it to the Council of Ministers for the purpose of discussing and voting on it.

Sami said in a statement: “The completion of the preparation of the project comes in light of the exceptional circumstances witnessed by the global economy, and it came to deal with the effects of international, regional and local economic challenges.”

She added, “The next draft budget will focus on development priorities, support for the social protection network, and the most needy groups, as well as providing a safe cover for strategic and sustainable development projects.”

She continued, “We have worked throughout the past months of the new government’s life to extract a budget that responds to the needs of the Iraqi economy and is consistent with the plans of the government program and the package of financial and economic reforms that the ministry is working to achieve.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

A meeting of the opinion committee at the Ministry of Finance discusses the problems and obstacles of investment projects and ways to solve them

Baghdad The Minister of Finance, Taif Sami Muhammad, chaired today the meeting of the opinion committee in the Ministry, to discuss a number of listed issues and take the necessary decisions and recommendations in their regard.

The meeting affirmed that meetings of the opinion committee in the Ministry will continue to be held periodically (monthly).

The meeting discussed the most important problems and obstacles related to investment projects and ways to solve them, by preparing a summary of the problems and solutions necessary for the obstacles to implementing housing projects in accordance with the controls and instructions issued in this regard.

The meeting followed the stages of implementing the project to modernize the public financial management system (IFMIS), which will contribute to increasing the speed of electronic communication of the Ministry of Finance with other Ministries and institutions, improving the process of monitoring financial accounts and following up financial appropriations within the budget.

It discussed the requirements for implementing the housing project for the Ministry’s employees and departments, and stressing the need to complete all stages that ensure the completion of the project as quickly as possible.

The meeting followed up the requirements for establishing the building of the General Administration of the Rafidain Bank and making the necessary recommendations thereon.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency