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Xyz   A Kurdistan Regional Government delegation will visit Baghdad tomorrow to resume talks

Shafaq News / A high-ranking delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government headed by Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister of the region, is scheduled to visit tomorrow, Sunday, the capital, Baghdad, to resume talks with the federal government to resolve differences and outstanding issues between the two sides.

Talabani’s spokesman, Samir Hawrami, told Shafaq News that the delegation will visit Baghdad to complete dialogues with the federal government on the issue of the budget and financial dues for the region and confirm them in the draft budget law in 2021.

He added that the previous meetings were positive to reach a comprehensive agreement to resolve the differences between Erbil and Baghdad.

The provincial government delegation had previously made several visits to the capital, Baghdad, after the previous federal government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi stopped financing the salaries of employees and workers in the public sector in Kurdistan .

The differences and outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad are based on the region’s share of the financial budgets, the entitlements of the Peshmerga forces, the export of oil, and the disputed areas covered by Article 140 of the permanent Iraqi constitution .

And on several occasions and times, the Kurdistan Regional Government has shown its willingness to deliver 250 thousand barrels of crude oil per day in exchange for the Iraqi government funding of employees’ salaries by 450 billion Iraqi dinars per month.   LINK

Xyz     Iraq is moving to join global trade … and an Arab country: We will facilitate its mission

Iraq opened the file for its accession to the World Trade Organization.

A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of which the Euphrates News Agency received a copy, stated, “ The Chargé d’Affairs, Minister Plenipotentiary {Abbas Kazem Obeid} met in Geneva the head of the working group on Iraq’s accession to the World Trade Organization, Ambassador Omar Hilal / Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations in New York In the presence of the Director of the Accession Department at the World Trade Organization, Mrs. Maika Oshikawa, and her assistance at the headquarters of the organization. ”

The two sides exchanged, according to the statement, ” talking about ways to activate the file of Iraq’s accession to the organization and the importance of continuing work in completing the technical documents to complete the requirements for accession and overcome the obstacles and challenges facing the accession process.”

The statement indicated that “it was agreed to prepare training programs for the members of the national negotiating team, as well as discuss the importance of setting a new date for the high-level conference on Iraq’s accession to the World Trade Organization , which was supposed to be held in Baghdad for the period 26-27 / 11/2019. ” .

And last Thursday, Moroccan state television – Channel 1 – announced that Moroccan Ambassador Omar Hilal, head of the working group concerned with Iraq’s accession to the World Trade Organization, held a series of meetings last week in Geneva with the parties participating in the World Trade Organization, in order to repeat Activating the file of integrating Iraq into this organization.

Xyz    On the other hand, identical sources clarified that these meetings follow a telephone conversation that Ambassador Omar Hilal held during the month of July with the Minister of Trade, Alaa Ahmed Hassan Al-Jubouri.

The same source added that during the aforementioned meeting, the two sides agreed to activate negotiations, with a view to speeding up the process of the Iraqi Republic’s accession to the World Trade Organization.

Here it is noteworthy that Ambassador Omar Hilal, Chairman of the Working Group on Iraq’s Accession, had a discussion with the Director General of the World Trade Organization, Roberto Azevedo, and held a working session with the Deputy Director General in charge of accession operations, Alan Wolf, as well as with Mika Oshikawa, Director of the Accession Operations Department, Wolff pledged to work to educate the countries of the World Trade Organization, in order to facilitate the process of joining Iraq.

On the other hand, according to a report by MAP, he highlighted that Ambassador Omar Hilal held bilateral meetings with ambassadors and permanent representatives in Geneva, and the main countries participating in this process, especially the European Union, Switzerland, Russia, China and Saudi Arabia, in their capacity as coordinator of the Arab Group He also had a fruitful phone conversation with the United States representative, who was in Washington.

The report also highlighted that the interlocutors of Moroccan Hilal were unanimous in expressing thanks and appreciation for Morocco’s tireless efforts aimed at re-launching the process of Iraq’s accession to the World Trade Organization, in the difficult context of the “Covid-19” epidemic.

Xyz   On the other hand, the aforementioned source added that the Moroccan diplomat held a virtual working session from Baghdad, with Adel Al-Masoudi, Director General of Foreign Economic Relations at the Ministry of Trade and head of the delegation in charge of negotiations, and this meeting constituted an occasion for the Iraqi side, in order to reaffirm his commitment to redouble efforts in order to prepare All documents required to join.

To this end, the Iraqi side requested technical assistance for the benefit of the various ministerial sectors concerned in order to form an effective negotiation team, capable of enabling Iraq to better negotiate its interests during this long and arduous process, and this virtual working session was completed by coordination meetings held with the mission. Al-Iraqiya, with Abbas Kazem Obeid, the Iraqi ambassador to Geneva.

In order to mobilize the necessary financial contributions for technical assistance, training and strengthening the capabilities required by the Iraqi authorities, Hilal held a virtual working session with representatives of the World Bank in Baghdad and Beirut, on the other hand, the head of the working group called in a meeting with the director of technical assistance for the mall International to strengthen technical support for the benefit of the Iraqi delegation.

The re-launch of the process of Iraq’s accession to the World Trade Organization comes in a positive context, reinforced by encouraging signs following the formation of the new Iraqi government led by Mustafa Al-Kazemi, as the latter expressed his aspiration to open up to its regional and international surroundings.

Thus, Al-Kazemi aims to fight corruption, and to carry out many reforms in the country, especially at the level of the judicial system, as well as to implement the necessary economic transformation in order not to rely primarily on oil as a main source of Iraq’s GNP, by focusing on diversifying his income through Promote the sectors o

Xyz   Thus, Al-Kazemi aims to fight corruption, and to carry out many reforms in the country, especially at the level of the judicial system, as well as to implement the necessary economic transformation in order not to rely primarily on oil as a main source of Iraq’s GNP, by focusing on diversifying his income through Promote the sectors of agriculture, livestock, agricultural industries and trade.

On the eve of these preliminary discussions, led by Hilal Maghribi in Geneva, the World Bank published a report on the economic situation in Iraq.

This report stresses the importance of the country’s accession to the World Trade Organization, which will help complete many reforms, through binding international commitments, and enable Iraq to benefit from a multilateral trading system that is transparent, extrapolable, and based on rules.    LINK

Xyz   Parliament approves a deputy’s request to address a verbal question to the finance and planning ministers

(Baghdad: Where’s News) The Presidency of the Council of Representatives agreed, on Saturday, to direct a parliamentary question to the Ministers of Finance and Planning about the reform program.

The media department of the council stated, in a press statement, that “the presidency agreed to MP Muhammad Sahib Al-Darraji’s request to address an oral question to the Ministers of Finance and Planning.”

The department added, “The question comes to answer the reasons for the failure to reach the reform paper stipulated in the recent lending law, and it will be answered in a session on Tuesday or Thursday.”

It is noteworthy that the Iraqi Council of Representatives held, today, Saturday, the first session of its new legislative chapter, headed by Muhammad al-Halbousi and attended by 169 deputies.

The session’s agenda includes the completion of the House of Representatives election law, the first reading of the draft law amending the Federal Supreme Court’s law, the draft ministers ’and ministries’ law, in addition to the proposed Personal Status Law No. 188 of 1959 amendment law, and proposals for other laws and general issues will also be presented and discussed http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=99538

Xyz   Postponing the visit of the Kurdistan Regional Government delegation to Baghdad

Shafaq News / Samir Hawrami, spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region, Qubad Talabani said on Saturday that the visit of the regional government delegation to Baghdad has been postponed to the middle of this week .

Hawrami told Shafaq News that the visit of the regional government delegation headed by Talabani to Baghdad was postponed until Monday or Tuesday of this week .

He attributed the reason for the postponement to the failure to complete the agenda for the resumption of the talks, indicating that there are no other factors behind the postponement of the visit .

A high-ranking delegation from the regional government headed by Qubad Talabani, deputy prime minister of the region, was scheduled to visit the capital, Baghdad, tomorrow, Sunday, to resume discussions with the federal government to resolve differences    LINK

Xyz   A parliamentary committee calls for Al-Kazemi to reopen files sent to the Integrity Commission

On Saturday, the head of the Parliamentary Health Committee, Jawad Al-Mousawi, called on Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to reopen the files of the committee sent to the Integrity Commission again and to address the commission to find out the reasons and the fact that it was not opened. http://rssiraq.com/news/لجنة-نيابية-تدعو-الكاظمي-لاعادة-فتح-مل/

Xyz   Parliament holds its first session in the new legislative term https://www.alrasheedmedia.com/2020/09/05/283537/

Xyz   Nuclear experts predict that Iran is now just 3.5 months away from the “breakout time,” a measurement of how close the country is to having the technology and materials to construct a nuclear weapon. It also now has the fuel to potentially construct two separate bombs.

Xyz   https://freebeacon.com/national-security/iran-caught-stockpiling-enriched-uranium-needed-for-bomb/

Xyz   Tebow Here are 5 key things workers should know about the payroll tax deferral. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/02/here-are-5-key-things-workers-should-know-about-the-payroll-tax-deferral.html

Tebow   xyz how am I wrong? I didn’t say it would have to be repaid! The money goes in to the general funds. There is no SSI money in an account!      Cnbc fake news, not a reliable source!

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