Abadi calls on Washington to activate the strategic agreement and participation in reconstruction

The Washington Post published an article by Prime Minister Haider Abadi calling for the need to revive the Strategic Framework Agreement and open the door for American companies to rebuild infrastructure in liberated areas. The full text of the article is published:


Two weeks ago, I visited Iraqi forces in western Mosul as they prepared to liberate the remaining neighborhoods still under the control of terrorists in the city. They are heroes by all standards. I did not ask about their religion or any region they came from or their ethnic origin. I saw them by their nature: Iraqis lined up against the worst murderers on earth.

Some of the soldiers I met may have fallen since then in the house-to-house battle, and with their sacrifices our forces have been able to strike a deadly blow to a sympathetic organization. The terrorist organization is now losing its largest stronghold in Iraq, once claiming to be immune.

As we shed our blood together with the United States to win this war, we seek to work together to win peace.

On Monday, I visited President Trump at his invitation and this week I attended the International Alliance Against Da’ash Conference. I and Trump discussed together ways to advance the strategic framework agreement signed by our two countries in 2008. We ask the United States to join us in urging the international community to implement its financial obligations to secure and stabilize our civil societies and prevent the emergence of Daqash and al-Qaeda again. We also need American experience and investment at a time when we are working to revive our economy and renew our democracy. Through the spirit of our 2008 agreement, we want to engage in a partnership that includes cooperation in the political, diplomatic, defense, security, educational and cultural fields.

Over the past few years, military advisers from the United States and the rest of the coalition have been able to help Iraqis circumvent our armed forces so that we can fight and win ourselves. Now we ask the Americans to help us recover our infrastructure, diversify our economy and turn it in part to privatization.

We need US investment to rebuild our homes, hospitals, schools, sanitation facilities, roads and bridges. We can also benefit from US technical expertise as we develop and expand our ICT sector as well as healthcare sectors.

Iraq needs US funding companies and cooperating partners to help us develop agriculture, petrochemical industries and other industries.

As the Iraqis turn the page of war and start rebuilding our societies and our economy, our challenges are in the opportunities for the Americans, but we will certainly write a new chapter of our own history.

For more than half a century we have been subjected to authoritarian dictatorship, international isolation, three continuous wars and foolish violence. When Saddam Hussein was toppled, the Iraqis decided not to allow anyone, a single political party or a single community to dominate his diverse country. Now we have the opportunity to build an Iraq worthy of what we are: a multiracial people rooted in history, eager to build a nation of peace and mutual respect.

As Prime Minister, I see that all Iraqis want Iraq to succeed. First, we must finish our task of eliminating a military organization. With more than 200,000 people displaced from Mosul and more than 3 million Iraqis, we must restore public services and rebuild our infrastructure. We must also reconcile our society by overcoming sectarian and ethnic barriers.

Houses of worship must be safe and holy. When all our citizens realize that their voices are heard and their dignity is safeguarded and their needs fulfilled, then we can ensure that they do not move to violence.

Iraq must maintain friendly relations with all neighboring countries in a region where sectarian divisions are what our society seeks to resist while preserving our sovereignty and ensuring that no country has an extremist influence within our country.

That is why we welcome the continued engagement of the United States as stipulated in the Strategic Framework Agreement and the strengthening of ties with our neighbors, as evidenced by the recent visits of some leaders and diplomats from all over the Middle East to Baghdad.

We can not stop foolish violence without the rule of law and security forces that represent and respect any part of society. Our government is making an effort to create a fair and independent judicial system that applies the law without bias or preference. We are working to integrate both arms to defend their families and communities within our armed forces.

But our citizens have to fight for their government. They need a government that deserves this fight. In the midst of the war against the oppressor, we also fought a war against corruption in civil and military institutions. Now that our country has returned to safety, we must resume work to reduce the phenomenon of increasing bureaucracy, remove sectarian quotas and mandate positions, recruit efficient expertise in decision-making and provide services to local communities where people can raise their voices and get results.

By forming a government of the right size, we need to develop and diversify the sources of our economy, encourage the principle of partnership and foreign investment, privatize government projects and reduce dependence on oil. Living in peace is the best alternative to taking it forcibly from the lives of others.

Iraqis do not want to kill each other, be blown up outside their homes, or be hated for their neighbors because of their sex or how they perform their worship. Instead, we want what most people in the world want: the opportunity to live in dignity and build a better life for our children.

Together with our partners in the world, we are working together to build a new Iraq by realizing this old dream. The Americans have succeeded in building this kind of country. With your help and goodwill, we will also be able to achieve this.



Iraq is approaching resolution of the external debt profile

Saudi Arabia after the declaration of its intention to cancel the debt

Baghdad / Mustafa al-Hashemi
At a time when Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al – Jubeir revealed his country ‘s intention to cancel the previous debt owed by Iraq and to improve bilateral economic relations, an economic researcher stressed the importance of closing the external debt profile and orientation towards a genuine and effective development of the LAPD.

A Foreign Ministry statement has said that the minister Ibrahim al – Jaafari met with his Saudi counterpart Adel al – Jubeir on the sidelines of the International Alliance meeting against “Daesh” in Washington DC, discussed with him bilateral relations and the development witnessed during the last period, ways to deepen and open new horizons for joint cooperation in all fields.

The two sides agreed – according to the statement – the need for the exchange of visits between the two countries officials, including ministers of trade and industry during the coming period to increase the volume of trade and investment.

Jaafari stressed Iraq’s desire to establish better relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, pointing out that the country is still in need of financial support, the reconstruction of the infrastructure of the Iraqi cities after its liberation from the grip of a fully “Daesh”.

For his part, the Saudi foreign minister expressed satisfaction with the visit of the Iraqi delegation to Riyadh, describing it as good and came to activate the volume of cooperation between the two countries.

Jubeir revealed about his country’s intention to cancel the previous debt owed by Iraq, noting that his country seeks to open a flight route from Riyadh to Baghdad and Najaf in the context of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

The amounts of external debt overshadowed the economic performance of Iraq in terms of its impact on public budgets, which led the accumulated debt, due to the events experienced by the country, the need to get rid of them for their access to the settlement of such debts as they have a clear impact in supporting economic development.

Economic researcher Firas Amer pointed out that the closure of the external debt profile, especially the Gulf ones, it has become a necessity required by the current stage in order to begin the process of real economic development as those debts restrict the Iraqi economy and impose upon specific mechanisms for investment spending greatly affected the development of the country.

Amer saw the possibility of converting some other external debt to a long or medium – term investments after coordination and agreement with the creditor countries to do so.

According to the Saudi debt owed by Iraq, the sources of around $15 billion.
The classified Iraq’s foreign debt on 4 ratings which all of the countries of the Paris Club debt, the debt of non – member countries of the Paris Club, debt trade creditors (private sector foreign), the debt of the Gulf Cooperation Council ( GCC ) in addition to consultants contracts (accounting and legal).

It is said that Iraq’s foreign debt position, as announced by the Ministry of Finance years ago, shows that the total debt which has been settled for the countries of the Paris Club was up to $51.6 billion in 2004 and became the end of 2012 up to 9.444 billion dollars.

As the total debt has been settled for countries outside the Paris Club was up to 18.33 billion dollars in 2004 and became up to 2.712 billion dollars in 2012, while total commercial debt processed up to $19 billion in 2004 amounted to become in 2012 (3.681).



Four new F-16s arrive at Balad base

The Ministry of Defense announced on Friday, the arrival of four new F-16 aircraft to the Balad base.

A statement of the ministry received the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it, “were received by the aircraft commander of the Air Force Lieutenant General Anwar Hama Amin.”

The statement pointed out that “these aircraft will be organized to the rest of the other aircraft within the contract between Iraq and the United States of America.”

The Ministry of Defense received in August, a new batch of aircraft, the {F16} America, which contracted to buy Iraq, the number of four aircraft.

With this new batch received by Iraq today, the number of aircraft {F 16} 18 aircraft out of 36 were contracted to buy from the United States of America.


Euphrates News

The 5 largest oil fields

The Arabs own five of the largest oil fields in the world

Ghawar Field-Saudi Arabia

It’s production capacity reached more than five million barrels per day. The field was discovered in 1948 and located 200 kilometers east of Riyadh.

Burgan Field-Kuwait

It was discovered in 1938, with estimated reserves of between 66 and 72 billion barrels.

Safaniya Field-Saudi Arabia

It is a marine oil field discovered in 1951 located 200 kms north of Dhahran City. The reserves are estimated at more than 50 billion barrels.

Rumaila Field-Iraq

Located on the border with Kuwait. The British company BP, daily production estimated at 1.34 million barrels per day, according to estimates of 2014.

West Qurna Field-Iraq

Located in southern Iraq, has a reserve of 13 billion barrels, daily production levels at 1.2 million barrels per day, at end of 2016.


The Obelisk

Abadi directs from the headquarters of joint operations the momentum of victories

The commander of the armed forces, Haider al-Abadi, Thursday from the headquarters of the Joint Operations Command update momentum of battles and victories.

“Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited the headquarters of joint operations on his arrival in Baghdad on Thursday and briefed the operations on the west Mosul and held contacts with the field commanders,” the statement said.

“He issued a set of directives that contribute to perpetuating the momentum of the victories and the preservation of heroes and civilians,” he said.


Buratha News Agency

The cost of the oil pipeline between Jordan and Iraq between 5 to 7 billion dollars

The Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jordan, on Thursday, said that the cost of the oil pipeline between Jordan and Iraq, ranging from 5 to 7 billion USD, according to a statement.

Ibrahim Saif, according to a statement on the ministry’s website, said the pipeline will run from the city of Najaf, along the border with Saudi Arabia leading to Aqaba.

He pointed in the statement, that the pipe will be built in accordance with the build-operate-transfer system for a period of 15 to 20 years, adding that the return of ownership after to the two countries.

The minister predicted that the final decision is taken by the Iraqi government in the coming period, according to the statement.

The former Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan said in January 2014, that the pipeline will work to solve a large part of the energy problem in Jordan, adding supplied to 150 thousand barrels per day.

On the other side, it was agreed between the two countries at the end of February, on the adoption of standards for Jordanian goods exempt from customs when exported to Iraq, provided that such goods are of Jordanian origin.



The government is moving towards a free economy

Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Mahdi Al-Alaq, said that the government is moving towards a free economy and activating the private sector.

A statement of the secretariat received by the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it, that the relations “received a delegation of the World Bank under the chairmanship of Mohamed Hassan Abdul-Qader, head of the group to improve the business environment of the Bank in Iraq, during the meeting, a series of axes on the Iraqi economy and its investment environment and the position of Iraq, Global indicators of economy and business”.

The Secretary of the Council of Ministers, that “there is a gap between the improvement and progress in the economic and investment ground in Iraq and the mechanisms of gathering information that feed these indicators and therefore does not reflect accurate assessment of the national and international effort in this area.”

For his part, Abdul Qadirb presented the statement “the current programs implemented by the World Bank in Iraq as a program to improve the work environment, the accompanying operations of registration of companies, obtaining licenses and the conclusion of contracts more efficiently in accordance with international standards, also addressed the need to open to the provinces and the development of investment strategies.

For his part, said the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, “The Iraqi government is moving towards a free economy and the revitalization of the private sector accompanied by the direction of legal and procedural amendments.”

“The General Secretariat will spare no effort to support the rise of higher indicators according to World Bank standards.”


Euphrates News

Saudi Arabia plans to cancel Iraq’s past debts

Saudi Arabia plans to cancel the debts owed by Iraq and open a flight path from Riyadh to Baghdad and Najaf in the framework of strengthening relations between the two countries.

“Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Ashikar al-Jaafari met with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on the sidelines of a meeting of the international coalition against terrorist gangs in Washington, DC,” a foreign ministry statement said.

“During the meeting, they discussed the bilateral relations and the development witnessed during the past period, ways to deepen them and open new horizons for joint cooperation in all fields,” he added.

The two sides agreed, according to the statement, “the need to exchange visits between officials of the two countries, including the ministers of trade and industry during the coming period; to increase the volume of trade and investment.”

“Iraq is still in need of financial support, humanitarian assistance and reconstruction of the infrastructure of the Iraqi cities after they are completely liberated from the grip of terrorists,” Jaafari said.

The Saudi Foreign Minister expressed his “satisfaction with the visit of the Iraqi delegation to Riyadh under the chairmanship of Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” describing it as good and came to activate the volume of cooperation between the two countries, Al-Jubeir revealed “the Kingdom’s intention to cancel the previous debts incurred by Iraq, indicating his country’s desire to open a flight line from Riyadh to Baghdad and Najaf in the framework of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.”


Euphrates News

Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced the shift towards e-government this year

The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers Wednesday, on the implementation of e – government during the current year, while suggesting to the electronic governance committee that the project is one of the sovereign projects.

The Secretary – General of the Council Mahdi Allaq in a press conference attended by Economy News on the sidelines of the meeting of the Committee on e – government that GAM will start the implementation of the transition to e – government, whether between departments or key ministries to be communication between them electronically, hoping to achieve 80 of these steps during the year.

He added that a committee on e – Governance held a meeting today to examine the latest to create the infrastructure for a gradual shift towards e – government.

For his part, Amir al – Bayati a member of the Commission that the project is one of the sovereign projects and infrastructure in the Ministry of Communications, pointing out that the ministry began linking to sites ministries General Secretariat as a first stage, as will be linking ministries and formations centers in Baghdad and the provinces as a second stage.

He said the project needs to educate employees and citizens because it provides service to the citizen and would turn to deal with the government through this project through the private portal of the state.


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