Maliki announced his candidacy for a third term .. And heading to Washington, the end of the month
11-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad: Hamza Mustafa
Spare Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki doubt certainty when he announced his intention to explicitly run for a third term as prime minister amid strong opposition from his opponent within the National Alliance Sadrists and the Iraqi List, outside of this alliance. Maliki said in a televised statement on Thursday evening that «if the people wanted and we have the largest parliamentary bloc as a law within the National Alliance will nominate myself for a third term. While Maliki supported a change in the top positions of sovereign (Presidency of the Republic and the Cabinet and Parliament) in case I got alliances between the political blocs cross-ethnic and sectarian lines, it was considered that «the post of prime minister in case you did not get those variables will remain the decisive Shiite component.
Maliki's comments come on his candidacy for a third term after less than a month about the decision of the Federal Supreme Court on non-acceptance of the appeal of the political blocs on the mandate of the three presidencies, and therefore need to be modified in the Iraqi constitution. But the Sadrist movement led by Moqtada al-Sadr is still strongly rejects the continuation of al-Maliki in office, in order to cut the road in front of the emergence of a new dictatorship in the country.
Observers believe politicians in the Iraqi capital that the Declaration of Maliki his intention to run for a third term unequivocally for the first time will spark the fray early, especially after obliging the Iraqi parliament election commission to hold the elections as scheduled on the thirtieth of April next next without delay , in the wake of sharp differences on the electoral law.
At the level of the accusations against him by his political opponents on his request support from the United States for a third term during his upcoming visit to Washington, the end of the current month, al-Maliki said he «has not and will not ask the Americans or any other country to be supported for a third term. Maliki said: «During my upcoming visit to the United States of America will discuss strengthening and consolidating relations between the two countries, indicating that« the strength of Iraq depends on strengthening its relations with America and the rest of the world, and this is our mission, which we called the open-door policy.
On the subject of armaments with the United States, Maliki said that «reinforcing the U.S. for Iraq slow, whether in the processing of aircraft (F-16) or even in the arms Statistics», attributing to the fact that «thing perspective of the case is that the mechanism of agreements armament when the American side is subject to bureaucratic intense depending on where the consent of Congress and the State Department, if the Congress was divided, that is reflected on their armament agreements. He guessed Maliki said that «there are other accounts when the American side we do not know we are, where you may interfere in the process of arming Iraq's political calculations related to the region», pointing out that «there are aspects of the unforeseen in the case of armaments, including some political partners always speak with the Americans need lack of armament, in an implicit reference to the Kurdish leaders. For his part, member of the Iraqi parliament for a coalition of state law, Ihsan al-Awadi told «Middle East» that «Prime Minister whether Maliki or other is the candidate of the largest parliamentary bloc, whether formed before the election or after, and as the largest bloc are almost settled the Shiites that the Prime Minister of them », adding that« from within this cluster, which is now the National Alliance does not have to come from Prime Minister largest bloc within the bloc, whether state law or the Sadrist movement or the Islamic Supreme Council. The Awadi that «even under this atmosphere, the prime minister candidate needs to be a political consensus in order to be accepted by all parties as it is supposed to be acceptable to the regional parties, because it would be in contact with the countries in the region such as Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, as well as the United States» .
File armament », adding that« Iraq has not received from the U.S. arming and one shot except Abrams tanks, and therefore this subject will be strongly present in Maliki's talks with the U.S. administration.
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: There must be security and stability which needs political stability to attract investment
11-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Brussels: Abdullah Mustafa
He said Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Rose Nuri شاوس, if the security factor is very important to attract European investments to Iraq, because the more security situation was stable, this stability increases to attract foreign investors, and to come to Iraq, but that requires political stability. Iraq and the Iraqi political forces working in this direction and working to bring the views and work together to stabilize the political emitted from the security stability and create a better environment for investment.
During his remarks «Middle East» in Brussels, on the sidelines of a seminar on investment in Iraq, said Dr. شاوس, said that «convince the investor EU to come to Iraq have also through the preparation of a suitable environment in all respects, for example, infrastructure, banking, and the laws of laxative to the investment process, and Joe favorable investment generally, along with Version security is very important », he added the Iraqi official that« it became obvious, that the arrival of foreign investors to Iraq would benefit the Iraqi citizen, because his work in Iraq would be to serve all the people of Iraq, by delivery means scientific and technological are non-existent in Iraq, and also to accelerate the reconstruction process, which may be a potential Iraqi researched this work and found that it would require decades, but with the foreign investor will be faster and better ».
In response to a question on Whose responsibility is to provide political stability and thus security and stability, said Vice-President of the Iraqi government: «This is the responsibility of the government, and the responsibility of the Government of rational and good, and in order to reach this government does not need a political agreement, a duty all political forces and all the components of Iraq ».
In his speech to the symposium, said Dr. شاوس that his country continues its quest to change the identity of the Iraqi economy from a yield to an economy productive through the vision of a future long-term aim to build a diversified economy and prosperous, and began growing interest in sectors of education, health, led by the mining sector, industry, energy and tourism Koqtab essential, Besides the mainstay of the Iraqi economy, a sector of the oil industry, came during a speech to the official Iraqi on the sidelines of a forum on investment in Iraq, held in Brussels, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Didier Raanders and also Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce Arab Belgian Caesar Hijazeen.
Dr شاوس in his speech to the most important update of the conditions, procedures and stepped economic during the current year, and said: «including Security Council resolutions, most recently resolution 2107 in June last remove Iraq from the provisions of Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations for this poses an additional step task on the road to complete national sovereignty and political and economic independence, and quality step task in the field of international relations, and we must help to further liberate the Iraqi funds and the recovery of the Iraqi economy, and to open new horizons for investments and foreign companies, and facilitate the tasks of its work in Iraq », The Vice President Ministers also to ratify the government in August last year, the Law on economic reform federal and submitted to Parliament for ratification, and the law aims to restructure the economy according to the principles of economy, modern, and the requirements of the transition to a market economy, and ensure the expansion of the production base and diversify economic resources through the adoption of mechanisms market, liberalization of foreign trade and internal, and to ensure fair competition, including the economic reality of Iraq can grow in the next years. He hinted the Deputy Prime Minister to the launch of the National Development Plan in Iraq from 2013 to 2017 plan includes indicators development and marks a new stage in the process of development planning and the plan calls for an investment of nearly 357 billion dollars in development projects during the next four years and are concentrated in the sectors of industry, energy, housing, agriculture, resources water, education, transportation, and dropped 79% plan rests with government investment, and 21% on your investment. The Iraqi official rework roles developmental yen public and private sectors and promote growth decentralized to regions and provinces in the development process and the greening of investment and the shift towards economy-friendly environment and to improve the labor market and achieve balance acceptable between operating expenses and capital expenditures, and took workshops in the Forum several axes, most notably with regard to by investing in Iraq and the definition of investment environment and investment opportunities in this country, as well as the benefits and guarantees and exemptions contained in the investment laws in Iraq.
Speaking in this regard, Dr. Sami al-Araji, head of the National Investment Commission in Iraq, Hersh Muharram Chairman of the Investment Committee in the Kurdistan region, and then launched the debate in the second workshop on the partnership agreement between Iraq and the European Union in the light of political developments in Iraq and the region, and during the debate shed light on the relationship between Iraq and the bloc unified in general in the light of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the two sides, and with Belgium in particular in the framework of the memorandum of political dialogue between the two sides, and its role in trade and investment, as has been eating the political process and its impact on investment, and the effects of the relationship between Iraq and the European Union EU to create investment opportunities in Iraq, the debate was chaired by Iraq's ambassador in Brussels Mohammed HUMAIMIDI, in which he spoke in charge of the file, the Middle East and North Africa at the European Commission Christian Berger.
Kurdish leader rejects the statements of former Israeli minister on the transformation of the region to the State
10-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD / Baghdadi News
Rejected Kurdish leader, on Thursday, comments and Security Minister former Israeli Avi Dichter, which he called the Kurdistan as a Kurdish state has all the elements of the state and is looking forward to include Kirkuk and Mosul, Salahuddin and Diyala, also spoke about Israel's intention to support the Kurds with weapons to establish their own state desired.
The MP said the Kurdistan Alliance Mahma Khalil told (Baghdadi News) that "the Kurds with the Constitution and national partnership and we are part of Iraq nor Ntdzo it and our federal system fixed and the Iraqi constitution."
He emphasized that "Kurdistan is going according to the country's democratic system adopted," noting that "the Kurds are defending Iraq more than others."
Khalil felt that "the Israeli minister's remarks is not the importance of dismantling considered for the unity of Iraq, Kurdistan rejects such a statements and application of the provisions of the Iraqi constitution."
The Minister of Security Former Israeli "Now there is a Kurdish state already that this state has all the elements of the state's land and people and the power and economical oil and promising that this state is looking to be the borders is not the Kurdistan region, but includes northern Iraq entire .. city of Kirkuk in the first phase and then Mosul and perhaps Salah al-Din province as well as Samarra and Khanaqin. "
He emphasized that "the duty of Israel's moral and ethical to remain along with the Kurds and take their hands until they reach the national goal that they set which is to achieve self-rule in the first stage and the stage of independence الناجز then we will support the Kurds armed heavy in order to establish their own state desired."
Othman predicts getting a consensus on the election law after Eid al-Adha
BAGHDAD / NINA / The independent MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance, Mahmoud Othman said it is likely be a consensus on amending the election law after the holiday of Eid al-Adha, and before the period set by the Presidency of the Council of Representatives."
He added, in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the discussions and meetings between the political blocs on the election law stopped completely, noting that "the political blocs will resume its activities and meetings after the holiday of Eid al-Adha, likely get a national consensus on the election law during these meetings."
About the Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki's call to the House of Representatives to adopt the open-list system and multiple constituencies in the election law, Othman said, "That is Maliki and his bloc's opinion." noting that" each bloc has its opinion and observations on the election law, which differs from the other blocs , expressing hope that the law be approved as soon as possible . "
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called for the House of Representatives to adopt the open-list system and multiple constituencies in the election law to resolve the controversy among the political blocs on the vote on the amendment of the law."
The House of Representatives selected 30 April.2014 as the date to hold the next parliamentary elections, while selected 30 of the current month as the deadline to agree on amending on the election law or return to 2005's law.
Nechirvan Barzani reveals that those involved Irbil bombings had infiltrated from Syria
11-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Erbil: contagious Fayyad
Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani Iraq that «the terrorist group that tried to threaten the security and stability of the region through bombings, the Interior Ministry and Security Service (Asaish) in Arbil last week had infiltrated from Syria into the territory of the region», pointing out that the so-called State of Iraq and the Levant Islamic is responsible for these bombings. Barzani told Al-Sharq al-Awsat in Erbil yesterday, said that «the security services managed to arrest the elements of the terrorist group in record time.
The Kurdistan Regional Security Council, has announced in a press statement yesterday about the arrest of the planners of the bombings that targeted the city of Arbil, the end of last month. The statement, which received Asharq Al-Awsat 'copy' valued announce to the citizens that the ongoing investigations about the terrorist attack that targeted the Directorate asayish Erbil on 29 September, close to the end was a positive outcome.
The statement added that «a terrorist group was able at the end of last month to enter the Kurdistan region, and was aimed to enter the building Asaish in Arbil, so it blew up two car bombs at the entrance to the Directorate, which took advantage of two suicide bombers wearing explosive belts chaos caused by explosions into the building, but the forces Asaish confronted them and thwarted their attempts to enter the building. Adding that «This process resulted in the death of 7 elements Asaish and injuring 72 security agents.
The statement continued that «After the incident immediately was initiated investigations and wide by a specialized team and with the help of citizens and loyal sons of the people of Kurdistan, was arrested on a number of planners and collaborators implementation of this terrorist operation they belong to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant terrorist, and is still under investigation with them , and we will reveal details of investigations for citizens at the earliest.
The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government that «the threat of destabilizing the security stability comes from Syria, The situation there is an impact on us and on Iraq as a whole.
The Chairman of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq that «the security and stability in the region of the most important and the most prominent of our priorities, and preserve the lives of citizens and residents in the region and their money and check the building falls within our concerns maximum», referring to «We will not sacrifice the significant achievements that have been achieved thanks to the trust and support our citizens and the dedicated efforts of our government working in a team. He added that «the hand of terrorism, God willing, will not extend to our land and to all who live in peace and contentment and thanks to the men circle Security (Asaish), security and sincere thanks to the cooperation of citizens with the security services.
On the other hand, Barzani stressed that «the volume of investments of local, Arab and foreign countries in the region is on the rise in various fields, especially in the fields of tourism, housing, industry and trade. He said: «I will not retreat from our plans and our investment in construction and for the progress of the region and the well-being of our citizens.
The witness Arbil, capital of the Kurdistan region of a high turnout of investors Iraqis, Arabs and Westerners taking advantage of investment laws that guarantee facilities and wide to the owners of capital, and is overflowing with major hotels in Erbil businessmen from different nationalities, while turned cities of the region (Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk) to workshops great.
Barzani said that «all these accomplishments have been achieved thanks to the security and stability is an essential feature in the region attracted investors and tourists and citizens of the rest of the Iraqi cities of stability here.
The Erbil will launch early next year activities as the capital of Arab tourism.
Member of the Foreign Relations: Iraq does not want to return strained relations with Turkey after a visit Najafi
11-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Alsumaria News / Baghdad
According to a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, the parliamentary Imad Youkhana, said Friday that dialogue is the best way to achieve a comprehensive solution to the Kurdish issue in Turkey, pointing out that Iraq did not want the return of tension in relations with Turkey after the visit of Parliament Speaker Osama Najafi and agreed in principle on the Iraqi initiative on the Syrian crisis.
He said Youkhana said in a statement received "Alsumaria News", a copy of it, that "dialogue is the best way to achieve a comprehensive solution to the Kurdish issue in Turkey to find a solution that satisfies all parties," noting that he "can not solve the Kurdish issue in Turkey through military means."
He added that "the region can not afford another crisis, especially the Syrian crisis, which has not yet expired and its repercussions on the inside of Iraq," adding, "We reject the use of Iraqi territory by any party against the other."
Youkhana explained that "Iraq does not want that tension will return to the Iraqi-Turkish relations, especially after the improvement of bilateral relations and return to normal somewhat after the visit of the Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama Najafi recent initial approval to Turkey on the Iraqi initiative on the Syrian crisis."
The President of the House of Representatives visited of Osama Najafi Turkey, (10 September 2013), to put Iraq's peace initiative in the region.
Najafi announced, (13 September 2013), the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to the Iraqi initiative for peace in the region, and between that Zebari will travel to Ankara next week.
And confirms Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, that "Iraq's peace initiative in the region, is the solution to end the crisis away from the fighting, stressing that Iraq's refusal to both interfere in Syrian internal affairs," because it aggravated Tajija and fire and inflame. "
A member of the Finance Committee is likely to reduce the budget next year is about 40 trillion dinars
11-10-2013 11:05 AM
Baghdad (news) .. According to a member of the Finance Committee MP / National Alliance / Amin Hadi, the Ministry of Finance depend during approve the size the budget on the data provided by the Ministry of Oil Based on the size of the oil revenues.
Hadi said (of the Agency news): It is possible to reach the budget in 2014 to 170 trillion dinars, a large sum exceeds the size of the budgets of previous years, likely that the Council of Ministers downwards about 40 trillion dinars.
He added: increased oil production and revenue is directly proportional to the size of the budget increase, noting that it is a positive indicator on the development of the proportion of services provided to citizens and increase the grades and expand the operations of reconstruction and drive the economy forward.
The 2013 budget amounted to 138 trillion Iraqi dinars, also, on the basis of an oil price of $ 90 a barrel, but with less volume exports of 2.9 million barrels a day.
Oil Expert: the exploitation of gas associated with oil infrastructure linked to places assemble
11-10-2013 07:16 AM
Baghdad (news) .. Said Hamza oil expert jeweler, that controlling gas flaring associated with oil-related infrastructure for the collection of gas and shift to consumption areas.
The jeweler said (of the Agency news): The construction of a giant gas gathering systems needs a long time and feasibility studies are deep and significant global expertise and solid companies, as well as providing proper infrastructure to put certain delivery points at the borders of the field to collect them.
And: that Iraq is about to have a pipeline which to estimate the quantities of gas receives, where there is a giant line is created with a diameter of 42 and a length of 700 km stretching from the north to the south of Iraq, in addition to other pipeline stretching from Iran via Mansuriyya to Baghdad.
He added: associated gas can be used to generate electricity and produce gas user to homes and others, pointing out that the amount of gas to be produced is limited and can be fully exploited now.
The Shell and Union Basra Gas announced earlier investment to start a gas associated with oil beginning of the year (2013).
Swiss company to adopt an Iraqi oil refinery at $ 6 billion
11-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
The Baghdad yesterday signed a contract with Swiss Satarm company to create an oil refinery in the southern province of Maysan, at a cost of six billion dollars and a production capacity of 150 thousand barrels per day, according to'' German''.
He called on Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, all companies and investors to take advantage of the job opportunities available in Iraq, and to contribute to the process of construction and reconstruction and investment in the fields of oil, electricity, housing, roads, industry and trade.
Maliki said that this important investment project comes with the participation of the private sector, which will contribute to fill the country's need of oil derivatives, and will bring to Iraq and its group of companies that will create a great investment opportunity to participate in projects across all sectors.
A government statement quoted by the Head of the Swiss company as saying that this project will be the first of the work of the other projects will cover various fields, Iraq needs to build four giant refineries to meet its need for oil derivatives, especially benzene, which is imported from abroad
Maliki attends signing of contract of Maysan oil refinery
Thursday, 10 October 2013 19:53
Baghdad (AIN) – The Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, called upon all the companies and investors to take advantage of available opportunities in Iraq to participate in reconstruction of Iraq in the fields of oil, electricity, housing, roads, industry, trade and other sectors.
Maliki's office reported in a statement that he delivered during the ceremony of singing celebration of establish and operate Maysan Oil refinery between the Ministry of Oil and the Swiss Company Satarm with cost of USD (6) billions and with production capacity reaches (150,000) oil barrels daily.
the statement quoted Maliki as saying ''We are signing the contract of this investment project with the participation of private sector where it will contribute in meeting the needs of Iraq of oil derivatives.''