Don961: US to participate in Kuwait’s conference for rebuilding Iraq – amb.

January 12 2018 10:10 AM
US to participate in Kuwait’s conference for rebuilding Iraq – amb.
US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman has met with Basra governor Assad al-Edani in the governorate, media reports said on Friday.

In a press conference, Silliman confirmed that the US will participate in Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq, slated for February 12-14.

He said that the US will help the Iraqi government in encouraging the global companies to invest in Iraq. 

Meanwhile, Edani said that he discussed with Silliman several issues, including the investment and unemployment in the governorate.

During his visit, Silliman will meet several religious minorities to celebrate the International Day of Freedom of worship.    link


Samson:  Trump will extend the easing of sanctions on Iran and keep the nuclear deal

2018/1/12 12:20 

A source familiar with US President said that Donald Trump will extend the easing of sanctions on Iran under the nuclear agreement concluded by the Islamic Republic in 2015 with the United States and other world powers, leaving the agreement on the current situation. But the source expected Trump to give the US Congress and European allies a deadline to improve the deal, which he had already promised to cancel. Without this move, Trump may renew his threat to withdraw from the deal. 

Trump has a deadline to decide on sanctions. A decision to halt the easing of sanctions would effectively end an agreement that would curb Tehran’s nuclear program.  The White House is expected to announce the decision on Friday.  The source said Trump would agree to extend the easing of sanctions but also decided to impose new sanctions on Iran. 

Two senior officials of the Trump administration told Reuters on Wednesday that the president had expressed in private conversations a reluctance to listen to the advice of senior advisers and recommended not to renew the sanctions.  Trump had previously said his predecessor Barack Obama was negotiating a bad deal for the United States.   LINK