TNT “Tidbits From TNT” Friday Morning



Tishwash:  Sudanese calls for the House of Representatives to resolve the budget law


The Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia’a Al-Sudani, stressed the need for the House of Representatives to expedite the approval of the budget law.


A statement by the National Approach Alliance office stated, “The Secretary-General of the National Approach Alliance, Abdul Sada al-Fariji, received Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani to discuss the latest developments in the country.”


The statement added, “The meeting witnessed, after the exchange of congratulations on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, the discussion of the results achieved from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to Turkey, especially the files of border security and water, and the initiation of serious steps to activate the vital development road project.”


Al-Sudani and Al-Fariji stressed, “The need for the House of Representatives to expedite the approval of the general budget law to achieve the aspirations of citizens, implement projects, and raise the level of services in all governorates of the country.”


During the meeting, Al-Fariji renewed the National Approach Alliance’s support for “the government in implementing the paragraphs of the government program, which leads to stabilizing the pillars of stability at all levels, especially political, economic and security, and continuing the war against corruption.”  Link


CandyKisses:  Starting today. Baghdad in front of the “greatest” cultural and popular Ramadan event


After Iftar every day, starting today, Friday, the largest popular cultural event in Baghdad will be held at the Al-Qishla building on Al-Mutanabbi Street.


The events will include cultural sessions, heritage-themed bazaars, intellectual games, a small book fair and exhibitions of several institutions to provide their services to the public.


This event is organized by the Revival of Civilization Organization for Heritage and Culture with the support of the Tamkeen Fund, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Baghdad.




Tishwash:  Most notably dates and juices.. Iraq exports 60 items to countries of the world


The head of the Iraqi Federation of Industries, Adel Akab, announced on Friday that there is a strong demand for Iraqi dates and foodstuffs.


Akab said in a statement to the official agency, followed by “NAS”, (March 24, 2023), that “there are about (60) items that are exported to all countries of the world, especially Europe, Australia and America, in addition to the Arab market, especially juices (Krunji juices).”


Akab added, “We had a participation in the Gulf Wood Dubai exhibition, and there was a strong demand for Iraqi dates and Iraqi foodstuffs,” pointing out that “there are 22 outlets in Dubai for these materials, especially the pistachio company, in addition to the presence of nuts and other materials.”


He stressed, “There are international organizations that have offered Iraq to contribute support for the participation of the private industrial sector abroad,” noting that “this is the first time in history that Iraq participates in international exhibitions,” as it participated in the (Halal) project in Istanbul and today (Cool Wood). In Dubai), and will go to Athens, and then go to Istanbul, pointing out that there are exhibitions in Riyadh and Khartoum.


He continued, “There are a lot of foreign posts that will open outlets for Iraq, so there must be promotion, through foreign posts.”     link




Tishwash:  Iraq to Contain the Kurdish Opposition and Pay Its Debts to Iran in Emirati Dirhams


After Iran and Iraq signed an agreement March 19 to improve border security cooperation, the English-language coverage of the news mostly focused on Iran’s armed Kurdish opposition, which has launched attacks on Iranian territory from its bases in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.


While this angle also dominated the coverage of the agreement in Iran’s state-censored media, there was also mention of the triangular economic coordination among Iran, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates:


Iraq will begin paying for its debts and imports from Iran in Emirati dirhams, which Iran will use, as an alternative to the U.S. dollar, to secure imports.


March 17: Mashregh News reported that Admiral Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, planned to visit Baghdad to discuss security cooperation between Iran and Iraq.


March 19: Nour News, a mouthpiece of the Supreme National Security Council, reported that the governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Foreign Ministry economic affairs director, and Foreign Ministry Persian Gulf director would all join the Shamkhani-led delegation to Baghdad.


March 19: Fars News’ coverage of Shamkhani’s visit to Baghdad focused on the security threats to Iranian territory: “Iran and Iraq signed a security agreement … which will reduce and manage undesired security challenges emanating from the villainy of the counterrevolution present in the Iraqi Kurdistan region … According to the security agencies of the Islamic Republic, elements of the Zionist regime have engaged in operations in Iran in coordination and cooperation with counterrevolutionary groups present in Iraqi Kurdistan.”


March 20: Ali-Reza Enayati, deputy foreign minister and Foreign Ministry Persian Gulf director, explained the purpose of the Shamkhani-led delegation’s visit to Iraq in an interview with the Iranian Students’ News Agency: “The signed security agreement shows the mutual interests of both countries. We have always emphasized that Iraq’s security is also our security, and vice versa. The latest agreement is mostly about our shared borders, so there are not threats against us, and our Iraqi brethren too have always said, according to the Iraqi Constitution, Iraqi soil should not serve as a platform to attack neighboring countries.”


March 20: The Iran Student Correspondents Association, quoting Shamkhani, reported: “The agreement signed has several dimensions. Both countries will follow a specific plan to bereave counterrevolutionary groups of the opportunity to engage in activities against Iran from the Iraqi Kurdistan region.” Turning to the economic dimension of the visit, which includes Iran’s cooperation with the United Arab Emirates:


“We have taken steps to facilitate new means for Iraq to pay its debts to Iran” in Emirati dirhams, which the Iranian government can provide to “Iranian merchants to pay for importing basic goods to Iran.”   Link