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The US Ambassador: We Are Moving To The Next Stage In Iraq By Reducing The Military Presence

Time: 12/10/2020 15:55:18 Read: 1,222 times   (Baghdad: Al Furat News) The US ambassador, Matthew Tueller, confirmed today, Thursday, to reduce the military presence in Iraq in the next stage.

Tueller said his speech on the occasion of the third anniversary of the defeat of ISIS in the region today, 10 December, which resulted in the liberation of more than 8 million Iraqis and Syrians who were previously living under its control, noting that “this day is also a reminder of the need to remain vigilant.” To ensure that the defeat of ISIS is a permanent defeat, and that it will never again threaten humanity. ”

Tueller added, “Today we offer our prayers and invitations to those who fell while struggling to liberate Iraq from the grip of ISIS, and their sacrifices will not be forgotten. We also remember those who lost their friends, family and homes.”

He also emphasized “the role of Iraqi security forces that have made exceptional progress in reducing ISIS’s capabilities, which will ensure continued pressure on ISIS to ensure its permanent defeat while providing an opportunity for stability and prosperity in the liberated areas.”

“The coalition will continue to provide advice and assistance to Iraqi security forces operations against ISIS, at the request of the government of Iraq,” Tueller noted.   LINK

Masrour Barzani Calls On The United States To Play The Role Of An Observer To Solve The Outstanding Problems Between The Region And The Federal Government

Thursday 10, December 2020 17:09 | Political Views: 85  Sulaymaniyah / NINA / The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, called on the United States of America to play an observer role to solve the outstanding problems between the region and the federal government.

A statement issued by his media office said: “Masrour Barzani met with the US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker, and the two sides discussed the current situation in the region and the latest political and economic developments in Iraq.”

Barzani highlighted the ongoing discussions between the Kurdistan region and the federal government, stressing the need to ensure the rights and financial dues for the Kurdistan region in the federal budget for the next year.

The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government called on the United States to play an observer role to solve the problems between the region and the federal government.

And discussed at the meeting many proposals aimed at settling the outstanding problems between Erbil and Baghdad on the basis of the constitution, according to the statement.   https://ninanews.com/Website/News/Details?key=875482

Statement  Mohammed Halbusi  Chairman of the House of Representatives

10/12/2020  We stand today with pride, recalling the historical epic that defeated terrorism. On this day, the accomplished victory over ISIS terrorist gangs was announced.

It was a different victory in all its details, with its timing, tools and methods, a victory created by the Iraqi will, and the reference was established for it with its discreet fatwa, and the people responded to it with all its spectrums, colors and orientations, and the security forces of all kinds fought for it, and the support of brothers and friends contributed to it, and the combined efforts of all political forces Co-operative and overcoming their side differences, at a moment when the country was at stake, God blessed Iraq with a great victory and protected its country and its people.

After we paid the high price and provided this pure blood and lost the cities destroyed by terrorism and the war caused life to cease for years, we find ourselves today called to join hands again, to save the country from what it is now in from the risk of relapse due to the difficult economic conditions, which are no less dangerous than the moment that was We faced terrorism in it, and we also call on everyone to assume responsibility by addressing the effects of terrorism, completing victory with the return of the displaced to their homes, rebuilding devastated areas, compensating those affected, and addressing the causes of the emergence of extremism through achieving social justice.

Glory and mercy to the martyrs …and pride and pride for the heroes of our security forces …and great gratitude to everyone who supported this historic confrontation that resulted in this great victory …

Mohammed Halbusi   Chairman of the House of Representatives  December 10 , 2020 LINK

The Integrity Committee Hosts The Directors Of The Customs And Tax Authorities To Discuss The Mechanism Of Collecting Customs Duties And Taxes

10/12/2020  On Wednesday 9/12/2020, the Integrity Committee hosted the Director General of the Customs Authority and the Director General of the Tax Authority to discuss the mechanism of collecting customs duties and taxes from currency auction sales.

During the hosting, legislative support was discussed to amend the income tax law, as well as linking ports and unifying customs fees to maximize revenues.

The issue of canceling customs exemptions, forged invoices, safety and tax exemptions was also touched upon. House of Representatives  Media  Department 9/12/2020  LINK

U.S. Senior Delegation Visits Erbil

Home | News & Events | U.S. Senior Delegation Visits Erbil   Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq Affairs David Copley accompanied by U.S.

Ambassador Matthew Tueller visited Erbil December 9th and 10th and met with IKR political leadership, including KDP President Masoud Barzani, IKR President Nechirvan Barzani, PUK Co-Leader Bafel Talabani, KRG PM Masrour Barzani, and KRG High Council for Women’s Affairs Secretary General Dr. Khanzad Ahmed Abed.

The group discussed a range of security, political, social, and economic issues, including the U.S. commitment to partnership with KRG Ministry of Peshmerga forces and the Ministry of Peshmerga’s reform process.

The delegation praised the growing capabilities of the Iraqi Security Forces, including the Peshmerga and their joint success in the fight against ISIS, which has enabled the Global Coalition to transition to a new phase of the campaign, focused on training, equipping, and supporting the Iraqi Security Forces.

The leaders also discussed political developments in Iraq and in the IKR as well as intra-Kurdish politics. The U.S. delegation expressed support for continued dialogue between the federal Iraqi government and the KRG to resolve outstanding issues, including supporting the implementation of the Sinjar agreement.

They encouraged the IKR leaders to promote unity among Kurdish political parties to ensure greater security and stability. U.S. officials emphasized the importance of freedom of expression and the media and expressed concern over the recent violence in Sulaymaniya province.

The U.S. and IKR officials also exchanged views on the energy sector and the economy. The U.S. delegation expressed support for cooperation between the federal Iraqi government and KRG on budget and energy issues, emphasizing that coordination would aid the investment climate. U.S. companies remain interested in exploring business opportunities in the IKR and such investments would aid vital diversification of the local economy.

Before departing, the delegation also discussed the KRG’s regional action plan on women, peace, and security and expressed the two sides’ shared interest and efforts in ending gender-based violence.

By U.S. Consulate in Erbil | 10 December, 2020 | Topics: News, Press Releases, U.S. Consulate in Erbil

https://iq.usembassy.gov/u-s-senior-delegation-visits-erbil-2/

Regional Government: We Do Not Have Red Lines With Baghdad, And We Are Ready To Deliver The Oil That You Are Asking For

Time: 12/10/2020 16:16:07 Read: 1,222 times   {Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Kurdistan Regional Government announced that it has no “red lines” with the federal government.

The meetings and discussions of the regional government delegation, headed by Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister in the Kurdistan region, are heading to the federal capital Baghdad with the political parties, while the delegation is scheduled to meet with a number of parties today, Thursday.

And he had high from the Kurdistan government arrived in Baghdad yesterday, Wednesday, to start a new round of talks with the ministers of oil and finance in the federal government and the relevant parties.

In this regard, Samir Hawrami, spokesman for Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister in the Kurdistan region, said in a press statement today, Thursday:

The meetings of the regional government delegation heading to Baghdad are continuing with the federal government and the political parties.

Hawrami added: The Kurdistan Regional Government wants to agree with Baghdad, and for this purpose, the regional government implements all its constitutional obligations, adding that the Kurdistan Regional Government does not have red lines to reach an agreement with Baghdad and is ready to hand over the oil revenues that the federal government demands.

on the federal budget law for next year 2021 and the share of the Kurdistan region, he said Hawrami to, he is not writing a draft law and that the delegation of the provincial government is making strenuous efforts to reach an agreement with Baghdad to install the share of the Kurdistan region and financial dues within the budget bill.

with regard to the question of Send the amount of 320 billion dinars to the Kurdistan region by the federal government, between Hawrami, that the political parties in Baghdad do not agree to send money, pointing out that for this reason the federal government did not send the amount to the government of Kurdistan.  LINK

Hawrami: The Regional Government Wants To Reach An Agreement With Baghdad

Political| 04:18 – 10/12/2020   Baghdad – Mawazine News  The meetings and discussions of the regional government delegation headed by Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister in the Kurdistan region, heading to the federal capital Baghdad, continue with the Iraqi political parties, while the delegation is scheduled to meet with a number of parties today, Thursday.

In this regard, Samir Hawrami, spokesman for Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister, according to the PUK media, said, “The meetings of the regional government delegation heading to Baghdad are continuing with the federal government and political parties.”

He added, “The Kurdistan Regional Government wants to agree with Baghdad, and for this purpose, the Kurdistan Regional Government implements all its constitutional obligations, adding that the Kurdistan Regional Government does not have red lines to reach an agreement with Baghdad and it is ready to deliver the oil revenues that the federal government demands.”

On the general federal budget law for the next year 2021 and the Kurdistan region’s share in it, Hawrami indicated that the draft law has not been written and that the regional government delegation is making strenuous efforts to reach an agreement with Baghdad to fix the share of the Kurdistan region and the financial dues within the draft budget law.

With regard to the issue of sending an amount of 320 billion dinars to the Kurdistan region by the federal government, Samir Hawrami indicated that the political parties in Baghdad do not agree to send the amount, pointing out that for this reason the federal government did not send the amount to the federal government. https://www.mawazin.net/Details.aspx?jimare=133664

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