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Thursday UPDATE for August 20, 2020

WASHINGTON IS SUPPOSEDLY REPORTING THAT THIS MORNING MEETINGS HAVE CONCLUDED THAT THE KURDS AND BAGHDAD HAVE COMPLETED THEIR AGREEMENT ON THE MONEY AND THE DISPUTED  TERRITORY!

PRIME MINISTER AL-KADHIMI ANNOUNCES THAT IRAQ IS OPEN FOR U.S. BUSINESS AND A RAPID EXIT OF MILITARY FORCES OVER A PERIOD OF 3 YEARS.

AL-HALBOUSI, SPEAKER OF THE COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES, STATED THAT PARLIAMENT WILL CONVENE SEPTEMBER 3 WITH SEVERAL LAWS BEING ADDRESSED AND THE SURFACING OF THE 2020 BUDGET COMING SOON.

US BANKS ARE “REVVING UP” THEIR RESOURCES, SOME PLANNING TO CONTACT CUSTOMERS PRIVATELY.

RVAlready:  Hopefully, Kademi will leave tonight or tomorrow, and Alak will make a new rate announcement…… Or we will just get 800 numbers

Wrider22:  If there are banks out there that still do not believe in the GCR, how can we expect them to be ready?

VinterV: Wrider….the ones that matter will know!!!!!!!!

Briona:  Fortunately, most of us will be going to exchange centers, with the banks in the know.

Wrider22:  Yes briona; I think you’re right about banks using Exchange Centers.

Annie68:  wrider22,We will only be sent to a place that can deal with us

Jambie67:  Still, forward progress is a good thing. Hope the banks are really ready for us and we get our green light soon!

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Tishwash:  URGENT-Kazemi: We agreed with America on the redeployment of forces outside Iraq

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi described his meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House, on Thursday, as “important and successful.”

Al-Kazemi, who concludes his visit to Washington today and has continued since last Tuesday, said, “We agreed with the American side on the redeployment of forces outside Iraq, and we also agreed to set up a technical team to find a mechanism for this deployment.”

He added, “Iraq has an opportunity to benefit from its partnership with a major industrial country.”
Al-Kazemi announced the “signing of an important and beneficial enactment for all of Iraq regarding oil in Dhi Qar Governorate.”  link

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Tishwash:  Al-Kazemi reveals the reason for extending his visit to America and confirms: Our meeting with Trump is important and successful.

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi confirmed today, Friday, that his meeting with US President Donald Trump was important and successful.

According to the official channel, which was followed by the Iraqi Media News Agency / INA, Al-Kazemi stated that “both the Iraqi and American parties came out comfortable from this meeting,” noting that “during the meeting there was talk about economic cooperation, security cooperation, and a re-evaluation of the American presence in Iraq.” .

Al-Kazemi added that “an agreement was reached through the strategic dialogue headed by the Secretary of State and his American counterpart on a set of principles, all of which are in the interests of the Iraqi people, relating to the presence of American forces, its rescheduling, and the redeployment of US forces outside Iraq,” indicating that “it was agreed within the strategic dialogue. “I have to set up a technical team to find a mechanism for this deployment outside Iraq.”

Al-Kazemi pointed out that: “For the first time, I see clear American positions and understand the demands of the Iraqi government,” noting that “President Trump confirmed that the American forces will withdraw from Iraq during the next three years, and they are discussing their deployment outside Iraq.”

He continued, “The American President said: The numbers of American forces are very few, and indeed they are few, but Iraq needs these forces to train and develop the army and security forces.”

Al-Kazemi explained that “from the economic side, Iraq needs to evaluate the relationship for its own interests, especially that America is an important country, and it has major industries, in terms of oil, energy and even education,” stressing that “Iraq has an opportunity to benefit from a partnership with a major industrial country.”

And that “a set of memoranda of understanding in the field of oil and energy has been signed, the most important of which is a contract regarding oil in Dhi Qar province, and it is a strategic project that has great benefit for the people of the province and Iraq in general.”

Al-Kazemi said, “Certainly, this partnership establishes a new relationship that is based on the relationship of a state with a state,” noting that “the Iraqi viewpoint and the decision of the interests of Iraq are not decided by others.”

He noted that “what he said during his recent visit to Iran is the same as what he said to the United States, which is the search for state-state relations, and the search for the Iraqi special relationship, which is valued by the interest of Iraq.”

He continued: “We always raise the slogan of Iraq first, and today in this corner we believe that the interest of Iraq is what determines the type of its relations, and we told the American side that we are working on the principle of the relationship according to Iraqi sovereignty.”

Al-Kazemi pointed out that: “Turkey is a neighboring country, and a large and very important country, but at the same time we reject the Turkish aggression on Iraqi lands, and we also reject the attacks by some parties on Turkish territory from Iraq or even from other countries,” pointing out that “ The Iraqi constitution will not allow Iraq to be a starting point for attacking any of its neighbors, and we do not allow that, not with Turkey or anyone else.

Al-Kazemi stressed that “Iraq respects its neighbors, and asks others to exchange it for the same thing,” noting that “his visit to Jordan will be the middle of next week to discuss relations between the two countries.”

He continued, “The visit includes the completion of the Iraqi-Egyptian-Jordanian dialogue, which began in Cairo at the time of the previous government, and it will be a tripartite meeting between King Abdullah II, President Al-Sisi and the Prime Minister of Iraq,” explaining that “this meeting is important for the development of tripartite relations, in the economic field. As well as with regard to developments in the region.

He explained that: “The fact of extending my stay in America was at the request of the US Congress in order to hold a meeting with the President of Congress,” indicating that “the American side is serious about building a relationship with Iraq based on the principle of respecting sovereignty and helping the Iraqis, and this meeting will provide an opportunity to explain the demands of the Iraqis to my representatives. The American people in Congress and the Senate. ”  link