“Coordination Framework” – Sat. PM KTFA Thoughts, News w/ MilitiaMan 2-12-22



MilitiaMan » February 12th, 2022

The coordination framework is still insisting on all it’s forces. (See article below) That suggests to me that they are in an all or nothing stance.

Maliki is part of the “all it’s forces”, which Sadr has a problem with imo. Notice on the table is an option to have everyone that is in the government. That means the presiding government that is in place now. If they take the all or nothing approach, then we may likely see that the government in place now goes for four more years..

If the coordination framework decides that they will exclude Maliki, then again we could still see a similar line up for the next government.. Seems that Sadr likes the line up and works well with them. imo ~ MM

Coordination framework: The new government will be resolved within the next two days

12th February, 2022

The coordination framework, which brings together the Shiite political forces, confirmed today, Saturday, that the next two days will be decisive for the positions of the political forces regarding the formation of the largest bloc and the new Iraqi government.

The leader in the framework, Ali Al-Fatlawi, told Shafaq News Agency, “The next two days are decisive for the positions of the political forces regarding the formation of the largest bloc and the new government, and it will reveal the position of who will be in the opposition and who will be in the government, or everyone is in the government.“

Al-Fatlawi indicated that “important dialogues will start in the coming hours, and these dialogues and negotiations will decide the positions of the political forces,” explaining that “the results of these dialogues will be the decisive factor in the political forces going to the opposition or being part of the new government.”

Al-Fatlawi stressed, “The coordinating framework is still insisting on the entry of all its forces into the next government, and otherwise all the framework’s forces will be in the opposition, and this decision will never be reversed.” And on Wednesday (February 9), the coordination framework, which includes all Shiite political forces with the exception of the Sadrist bloc, presented an initiative to end the political blockage in Iraq.

It is not the “first” political initiative, but was preceded by an initiative by Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, which was put forward by Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani and Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi during their visit to the leader of the Sadrist movement Muqtada al-Sadr in al-Hananah last week.

Al-Sadr seeks to form a national majority government by excluding some of the forces with which he disagrees, including the State of Law coalition led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, while Shiite forces affiliated with the coordination framework insist on forming a consensus government in which all political forces participate, similar to the scenario of forming previous governments.

Earlier today, the leader of the National Coalition, head of the Civil National Front, Iyad Allawi, warned against forming an “powerless” Iraqi government because of political differences, noting that “Iraq has become a laughingstock to the world.”  

Iraq officially joins the Nationally Determined Shareholding Companies  LINK

Ascension to the Paris Club. Support mechanisms… Follow the money.. smh.. lol  ~ MM


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Samson » February 12th, 2022

Al-Hilali: Parliamentary movement to return the exchange rate to its previous era

12th February, 2022
Member of Parliament, Ibtisam Al-Hilali, demanded, on Saturday, the government to return the dollar exchange rate to its old price, while stressing that the only victim is the poor citizen.

Al-Hilali said in a statement that Mawazine News received a copy of it, that “there is a parliamentary movement soon towards returning the dollar exchange rate to its old price,” adding that “other deputies within the same trend will not allow the exchange rate to remain high.”

Al-Hilali indicated that she and many members of the House of Representatives “pay great attention to the segment of the poor who have been affected by the rise in the dollar exchange rate.”   LINK

Iraq officially joins the Nationally Determined Shareholding Companies

12th February, 2022

The Ministry of Environment announced, on Saturday, the ratification of Iraq’s accession document to the Nationally Determined Shareholding Companies.

The ministry said in a statement received by Mawazine News, a copy of it, that “the global climate secretariat and the presidency of the Climate Change Conference officially ratify the document of Iraq’s accession to the nationally determined contribution companies.”

She added, “The document constitutes a government achievement that will allow Iraq broad prospects for cooperation and coordination with international support mechanisms to implement the concept of a sustainable green economy.”   LINK

Within 3 days.. Dhi Qar receives 18 foreign tourist delegations

12th February, 2022

The Dhi Qar Antiquities Inspectorate announced, on Saturday, that the governorate received many tourist delegations during the past three days. 

Director of Dhi Qar Inspectorate, Amer Abdul Razzaq, said in an interview with local agencies, “The governorate received at the end of last week 18 foreign tourist delegations.”

Abdul Razzaq added, “These delegations are of American, British, Swedish, German, French, Greek and other nationalities,” noting that “their first stop was the archaeological city of Ur and the Nasiriyah Museum because of their great importance to tourists.”   LINK

For the fifth week… Oil ends its trading on gains

12th February, 2022

Oil prices closed on gains for the fifth week in a row, supported by continued fears of supply disruptions, fueled by fears that Russia, one of the major energy producers, would invade Ukraine.

Brent crude closed in its last session yesterday, Friday, with an increase of 3.03 dollars to reach 94.44 dollars, and achieved a weekly profit of 1.17 dollars, or 1.25% in a week.

The US West Texas Intermediate crude also closed with an increase of $3.22 to reach $93.10 per barrel, and achieved a weekly profit of $0.79, or an equivalent rate of 0.86%.

Oil prices rose during the past week, and the two benchmark crudes touched their highest levels since late 2014, exceeding the record levels recorded on Monday, and amid growing concerns about global supplies as demand recovers from the Corona virus pandemic.   LINK

Al-Kazemi’s advisor: The 2022 budget includes the payment of Iraq’s loans

12th February, 2022

The financial and economic advisor to the Prime Minister, Mazhar Muhammad Salih, confirmed today, Saturday, that the federal financial budget for 2022 includes the payment of loans incurred by Iraq.

Saleh told {Euphrates News}, “The 2022 budget includes the repayment of loans owed by Iraq, and this is determined by the ratio of internal and external debt and is called debt service.”

He added: “Usually these amounts are calculated and included in the budget, and their amounts are determined, and the external debt is considered an important expenditure and is an important part of assessing Iraq’s credit wall.”

And he indicated that it “determines the country’s ability to pay debts, so this matter enjoys high management,” noting that “Iraq is keen to repay loans and has priority to pay out of respect for Iraq’s financial position, as it gives it credibility.”  LINK

How Iraq became the top link in China’s belt and road strategy – analysis

7th February, 2022

Last year, Iraq became a top recipient of Chinese investment and a key link in Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative. Almost 20 years after the war in Iraq began, billions of Chinese yuan are being invested in assorted projects, from green energy capabilities and heavy oil plants to building roads and schools. What role does Iraq play in China’s “Belt and Road” strategy and how does this development affect the big power competition in the Middle East?

‘Ideal Middle Eastern venue for Chinese investment’

In Tehran last March, the Chinese and Iranian foreign ministers signed a 25-year cooperation agreement (a “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership”). Under the accord, Beijing promised to invest $400 billion in Iran’s economy in exchange for a steady and heavily discounted supply of oil. This agreement and its implications for global security and economy were widely discussed back then.

But as 2021 neared its end it became clear that Iran’s neighbor and ex-nemesis Iraq was the real star of the Chinese Belt and Road strategy in the Middle East.

According to a report from Fudan University’s Center for Green Finance and Development in Shanghai, last year Iraq received $10.5 billion in investment under the Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. Iraq has become the third-biggest Belt and Road partner in energy engagement, after Russia and Pakistan. Overall Chinese investment in Arab and Middle Eastern countries rose by about 360% in 2021, while construction engagement increased by 116%, compared to 2020, the study said.

Nowadays China is involved in the building of Al-Khairat heavy oil power plant near Karbala. It took the promise to finance construction of 1,000 schools (and some 7,000 schools in the future) in return for oil products to secure the Al-Khairat deal. China’s state company also won the contract to develop the Mansuriya gas field and there is no shortage of other industrial and civil projects. 

“I’m a bit surprised by the fact that Iraq is now the third-largest BRI [Belt and Road Initiative] country since China has a great deal of attention and money invested in Kazakhstan, it is very focused on Central Asia, it conducts business in Egypt and builds cities there,” Carice Witte, the founder and executive director at SIGNAL – Sino-Israel Global Network & Academic Leadership, told The Media Line.

“In my opinion, Iraq being the third-largest BRI country says a number of things: first of all, that Iraq is a less controversial investment than Iran, that it has a great deal of untapped potential and easier access than Iran. And also, that the Iraqi government and people are easier to negotiate with and to do business with than Iranians,” she continued.

 “The Chinese have always found it extremely difficult to do business with Iran and there is a lot of unpublicized tension in Iran-China relations. Due to China’s dependence on Saudi and Gulf energy, they feel it’s important to cultivate another significant source of oil. Iraq is a very young market that needs to grow, needs everything and has a way to pay for it (unlike Syria which has limited oil reserves and Lebanon which has none). When you think about it, Iraq is the ideal venue for China in the Middle East,” Witte said.

The Iraq-China relationship dates to when Beijing was selling Baghdad weapons in the 1960s and 1970s while Iraq supported its claim to a seat on the UN Security Council. Relations developed further during the 2000s, after Saddam Hussein’s regime was toppled. China, along with Russia, was fiercely opposed to the Iraq War, yet it became one of its main beneficiaries.

In 2008, the China National Petroleum Corporation signed a huge production deal with the Iraqi government and became the first foreign firm to do so since the war. In 2013, China bought almost half of Iraqi oil production. During these years Iraq acquired Chinese drones to fight ISIS, supported the Hong Kong national security law at the UN and defended China’s treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang.

Witte explained that since Iraq’s hopes to see America more involved and supportive of its development didn’t materialize, it is looking for deeds, not words. “There was a time of excitement about the potential of American support for Iraq, and during that time the plans for cooperation with China were stalled. China is patient and it is able to wait until a new opportunity presents itself,” the expert said. “And after watching the US behavior in the Middle East over the last few years, the reality sank in that the US cannot necessarily be counted on. America wants to give, but not to do. It gives money, but it doesn’t go and improve the situation of the locals. That’s why we have Chinese everywhere – because the Americans don’t do the work anymore,” Witte said.

Eric Davis, professor of political science at Rutgers University and former director of its Center for Middle Eastern Studies, recently tweeted, “When the United States asks why China has become a stronger global power, you should realize that China plays a strong role in investing in developing countries like Iraq. China is investing in the natural gas and solar energy industries in Iraq and is building an airport. Where are the American investments?”

‘The Silk Road Axis’

Not all Iraqis are happy with these developments, just as not all Iranians welcomed the 25-year cooperation agreement signed with China.

Former MP Ghaleb Muhammad Ali wrote in his social media accounts that while China imports crude oil at the price of $70 per barrel, Iraq imports the same volume of Chinese gasoline for $200, indicating that Beijing is getting the better of this cooperation. 

Dr. Ronen Zeidel, an Iraq specialist at the Tel Aviv-based Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, said, “On one hand, the Iraqis are highly engaged with the Chinese. They let them access the Iraqi oil market and the Chinese promised to build schools and other infrastructure. Schools are very important since there are plenty of schools in horrible condition and it’s something that is highly discussed in Iraq. “However, many are also afraid of the barter principle – exchanging their oil for infrastructure, like in Africa. Opponents of Iran fear that pro-Iranian militias’ violence also has something to do with Chinese involvement. They even call it “the Silk Road Axis,” Zeidel said.

Since the 25-year cooperation agreement was signed last year, Iran has seen a few anti-Chinese protests. Demonstrations were staged near parliament where the protesters chanted slogans such as “Iran is Not for Sale” and “Death to Those Who Sell the Homeland.” Nothing of the kind has taken place in Iraq, where, according to Zeidel, the physical presence of China is not as widespread as in Africa or some parts of Europe. “Iraqis are both drawn to China, since they want their country to develop, and afraid of it,” he said.

The experts are certain that cooperation between China and Iraq will keep growing in 2022, even if the volume of investment does not expand. Will Chinese involvement contribute to stabilization of the situation in and around Iraq? Some believe this will be the case, due to Chinese concern over disruption of oil supplies.

 For now, it’s clear China is slowly but surely building its position in the Middle East and that this new reality will affect the global power competition worldwide.  LINK

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