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Frank , Just coming back into Baghdad, from my 30d of R&R. There is a Master Card ATM here in Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) but it’s not turned on yet. The security personnel here tell me that it will be a while longer before it’s turned on still.  But I figured that I would share with ya. V/r  Tank

StephenMac63:   Pics of Tank’s ATMs at Airport,

Just saw Tanks pic of the atms…i love the part “The security personnel here tell me that it will be a while longer before it’s turned on still”…….imo, they dont drop these machines off and let them sit idle for long….because any location at the airport is major rent……Id bet active in less than a week. The security personnel was offering an opinion of when it will be turned on.

I thought the ATMs have been out for months……….No?

StephenMac63:  They have been out for awhile, in local markets which is supplied by local banks. This ATM is at an international airport which carries an international branding.

Shade:  IMO the MR is being cautiously moved forward inch by inch and, like a game of chess, the Fab4 watches the enemy’s response to each move.

Samson:  Closed off roads have reopened, thousands of concrete barriers and blast walls dismantled, and checkpoints removed in Baghdad’s so called ‘Green Zone’ and across our capital city. Watch this short video to find out more. pic.twitter.com/QyUa0q7vKm
— Government of Iraq – (@IraqiGovt) May 18, 2019


Iggy:  “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
Theodore Roosevelt


Don961:  The phone of Sultan Yarn and the President of Switzerland in Washington .. Is Trump and Rouhani exchanged contact numbers?

– 7 Hours Ago

US President Donald Trump met his Swiss counterpart, Ole Maurer, while Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo telephoned Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

After the reception and the talk, it is possible to talk about opening channels of communication and negotiation between Tehran and Washington, amid efforts to reduce tension and avoid slipping into war.

On May 11, Trump announced that he was ready to receive phone calls from Iranian officials at any time.

According to US leaks, Trump provided Switzerland with a special telephone number and asked it to pass it on to the Iranians, reflecting his willingness to negotiate with them about the nuclear program.

The Iranians responded that the US president had their phone numbers and could contact them if he wanted to.

Since Switzerland rarely appears in political news and has not received its president in the White House in recent years, the visit can not be separated from attempts to open channels of communication and pass addresses.

Not only that, but Trump appreciated Switzerland’s role in facilitating international mediation and diplomatic relations on behalf of the United States.

While waiting for his Swiss guest to arrive, Trump expressed his hope that there would be no war with Iran and later announced that they had discussed the crisis in the Middle East.

It is important to note that Switzerland sponsors American interests in Tehran and Iran in Washington, which qualifies it to play the role of mediator between the two sides.

Oman’s balance The Sultanate of Oman

, for its part, knows its balance in its international and regional relations, which enables it to bring the views of the Americans and the Iranians together and convince them to sit at the table.

It is no coincidence that Pompeo’s connection with Sultan Qaboos coincided with Trump’s reception of the Swiss president at the White House.

According to the State Department, Pompeo discussed with the Omani leadership the danger posed by Iran to the Middle East region, and did not mention that he requested Muscat mediation to negotiate with Tehran.

Speaking to Al Jazeera about the connotations of Pompeo’s connection with Sultan Amman, Georgetown University professor of international relations William Lawrence said Trump did not know what he wanted and pressed the brake and pedal at the same time.

He expected the contact with Amman to be part of the American pressure on Iran, stressing that the war with Tehran is not in the interest of any Gulf state.

But the New York Times commented on the news by recalling that Muscat played a long-term mediator between the West and Tehran and was a distant channel of communication between the governments of Iranian President Hassan Rowhani and former US President Barack Obama.

The mediation culminated in a nuclear agreement signed by Tehran and international powers in mid-2015, promising a major diplomatic achievement, before Trump withdrew from it last year.

Since Oman’s diplomacy has succeeded in reaching the 2015 agreement, it is not unlikely that it will play a role in resolving the current crisis, especially since it enjoys respect for both sides of the dispute.

Positive indications 

Although there has been no leak of information on the opening of channels of communication so far, there are positive indications that the parties have decided to reduce the tension and that they may engage in direct negotiations or through an intermediary.

The New York Times reported that US President Donald Trump told Acting Defense Minister Patrick Chenahan that he did not want a war with Iran.

In a report published Thursday, the newspaper quoted several US officials as saying Trump was firm in his refusal to go to war with Iran.

By virtue of his proximity to both parties, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has ruled out a war between Iran and the United States, saying they do not want to do so, stressing that there are indications from both sides that things will end well.

According to the British writer David Hurst, the US Secretary of State surprised Abdul Mahdi and asked him to inform the Iranians that President Donald Trump is not enthusiastic about a war against them, all he wants is to conclude a new nuclear agreement bearing his name.

Badrohm Iranian officials ruled out a war with the United States and stressed their adherence to the policy of restraint despite the “unacceptable American escalation.”

At the start of a meeting with his Japanese counterpart, the Iranian foreign minister said: “We are acting with utmost restraint despite the withdrawal of the United States last May from the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan.”

Source: Al Jazeera   link

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