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Samson:  Ranking of Iraq in the gold reserves of Arab countries

08/13/2020 13:18:46

Iraq is ranked fifth among Arab countries in gold reserves.

Iraq’s reserves of the yellow metal reached 96.2 tons, according to statistics for the first quarter of 2020.   LINK

Samson:  Trump announces ‘Historic Peace Agreement’ between Israel, UAE

United Arab Emirates and Israel agree to ‘full normalization’ of diplomatic relations, Trump

13th August, 2020

President Trump on Thursday announced what he called a “Historic Peace Agreement” between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, saying they agreed to “full normalization of relations.”

“HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!” Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

The president, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed released a joint statement Thursday, after the three spoke “and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.” The statement said that the “diplomatic breakthrough” was at “the request of President Trump,” and that Israel will “suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.”

Israel and the UAE also said they will continue their efforts to “achieve a just, comprehensive and enduring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

“This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region,” the statement read. “All three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today’s historic achievement.”

Delegations from Israel and the UAE are expected to meet in the coming weeks to “sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit.” “Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East’s most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation, and forging closer people-to-people relations,” the statement also read.

Trump on Thursday said he had a call with Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The president told reporters Israel and the UAE will exchange embassies and ambassadors, and “begin cooperation across the board.” The president said he expected other countries to follow the UAE’s lead on this effort to cooperate with Israel going forward.

“We are already discussing this with other nations,” Trump said. “So, you will probably see others of these.”

This is a developing story; check back for updates.  LINK


Samson:  UNAMI calls on Iraq and Turkey to show restraint and adopt dialogue

08/13/2020 16:48:11

The United Nations Mission in Iraq, “UNAMI”, called on Thursday, Iraq and Turkey to show restraint and adopt dialogue.

The mission said in a press statement, “The escalation on the Iraqi-Turkish border in the north and the continuing loss of life is a cause of grave concern.”

Called upon UNAMI, to exercise restraint and adopt dialogue as the best means of ensuring sustainable security on the border between the two neighbors , with full respect for national sovereignty.” The cell security media announced Tuesday , “a Turkish attack traveled through the march of an aircraft targeted a military wheel of border guards in the {Sidakan area } And it caused the martyrdom of the commander of the second brigade of border guards in the first region, and the commander of the third regiment / second brigade and the wheel driver.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a strongly worded statement condemning the Turkish bombing and said that it is a reason to reconsider the extent of cooperation between the two countries.

For its part, the National Security Council strongly condemned in its statement, Wednesday evening, the Turkish aggression on Iraqi lands and the targeting of Iraqi commanders, stressing that this act is a major violation of all standards of dealing between countries, a violation of good-neighborly relations, and a major threat to the Iraqi national security and the stability of the region.

The council announced that the government decided to cancel the visit of the Turkish defense minister and another Turkish delegation to Baghdad, stressing the need for the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coordinate with the international and Arab community in the diplomatic framework to condemn this aggression and take the necessary measures.

He indicated that Iraq is committed to a policy of good neighborliness and non-interference in the internal affairs of countries, and that the constitution of Iraq confirms that it will not be a seat or a corridor for any aggression or targeting of neighboring countries, and it will not allow its lands to be used as a starting point for carrying out terrorist operations against neighboring countries, especially Turkey.   LINK