Ibadi's discussions in UN corridors

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Baghdad/ Iraq TradeLink:

Since the arrival of Iraqi Premier Haidar al-Ibadi to New York, USA, the Iraqi relations with the United States began to emerge, particularly the visit is not meant to Washington, but to the United Nations.

Iraqi sources reported that Premier Ibadi is expected to discuss issues like, armament, financial support, the war against Da'ish, Mosul liberation's war, the Iraqi financial crisis.

Ibadi's current visit to New York is the second since assumption of his post in August, 2014. The first one was in April, 2015.

The sources expected that side-meetings shall be held with a number of political leaders to express Iraqi views on the current situation in Iraq and the region as a whole, as well as acquainting the thoughts of Ibadi's counterparts or ministers.

Iraq is trying to hold talks with the Russian to press the Turks withdraw from the Iraqi territories, as well as the financial crisis despite the donor states gave Iraq two billion dollars, but the "country needs more", sources added.

Iraqi parliamentary sources stressed that the liberation of Mosul city will take the greatest space in Ibadi's UN talks, due to the importance of military preparations by Iraq and the US-led International Coalition.

Military sources reported that Premier Ibadi will try to get the approval of US President Barrack Obama to provide Iraq with US developed arms, including drones and Apache helicopters, in addition to postponing the payment of these arms, due to the current financial crisis.

The ministerial reshuffle in Iraq is expected to be one of the main topics with President Obama, including the demotion of defence minister Khalid al-Obaidi.

On the other hand, Kurdish Presidency Divan Chief Fouad Hussein stressed that the talks with President Obama concentrated on human catastrophe due to the exodus of Mosul's population during the battle, as well as the role of the Kurdish Peshmarga forces in the coming battle.

Iraqi and Kurdish sources expect the migration of about one million people from Mosul city at the start of the battle, where half of this figure will head for the Kurdish region.

The Kurdish authorities expressed, many times, inability to absorb the increasing figures of the displaced people and called for international support to prevent a human catastrophe.