TNT – “Tidbits From TNT” Friday 12-29-2023

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Tishwash:  Trade: One thousand companies from 21 countries will participate in the Baghdad International Fair

The Ministry of Commerce announced today, Friday, the completion of all preparations for the opening of the 47th session of the Baghdad International Fair, while indicating that the number of participants reached 21 countries and 1,000 companies.

Ministry spokesman, Muthanna Jabbar, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): “The General Company for Iraqi Exhibitions has completed all preparations for the opening of the 47th session of the Baghdad International Fair, both at the level of exhibition spaces and the completion of designs and posters, to display goods and commodities for participating companies, as well as for the pavilions.” It will be according to the participating countries.”

Jabbar added, “There are aesthetic measures, such as paying attention to green spaces and open spaces, in addition to creating new health facilities, musical fountains, and interactive lighting,” stressing that “all procedures, preparations, and ceremonies have been completed to receive participants and visitors.”

He pointed out that “the number of participating countries reached 21 countries, while the number of participating companies is approximately 1,000 companies,” considering it “a qualitative leap, when compared to the exhibitions that were held during the past years.”
He stated, “The opening will be in the evening, and will witness multiple activities for visitors and visitors.” 

The Ministry of Commerce announced earlier the launch date of the 47th Baghdad International Fair, which will be for the period from 10-19/1/2024 on the grounds of the Baghdad International Fair.  link

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CandyKisses:  Identifying two phenomena behind the exchange rate drop

Mawazine News – Baghdad

A member of the State of Law Coalition, Saad al-Muttalib, on Thursday, identified two phenomena behind the decline in the exchange rate of the dollar against the Iraqi dinar, while confirming the continuation of the decline until next week.

Al-Muttalib said in a statement to Mawazine News that “the decline in the exchange rate of the US dollar against the Iraqi dinar is behind two phenomena, the first is the measures of the Central Bank to facilitate the process of trade exchange by entering the platform for financial transfers, which led to a decrease in demand for the dollar from the parallel market.”

“The second phenomenon is the arrival of large shipments of dollars to the Iraqi treasury from Iraq’s funds in the US Federal Bank, which contributed to saving the dollar significantly,” he added.

He predicted, “The decline of the dollar against the dinar will continue until next week, but it will take a while to reach the official rate.”

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CandyKisses:  Amiri calls for scheduling the removal of US forces from Iraq

Information / Baghdad…

The head of the Nabni Alliance, Hadi al-Amiri, on Thursday, called on the federal government to set a timetable for the removal of US forces from Iraq.

Amiri said at a conference held in Diyala province and continued by the “information”, that “the Americans prevent Iraq even from repairing helicopters and there is no reason for the continued stay of their forces in the country,” adding that “the defeated, terrified and agents are the only ones who say we need American forces.”

He added that “the American aggression is still repeated, so we demand and the government to set a clear timetable for the exit of US forces until Iraq stabilizes and to preserve the blood of our sons, especially the brave sons of the resistance,” stressing : “We will not allow the survival of these forces.”

“The security services in their various formations are capable of preserving Iraq’s security from all evil people, and the Popular Mobilization Forces are the guarantee of the unity, sovereignty and dignity of the country now and in the future,” the head of the Nabna Alliance said. 

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Tishwash:  The “militarization” of the American embassy threatens the security of Iraq.. Parliament lists 5 “justifications” for removing foreign forces – Urgent

 A member of the Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee, Ali Nima Al-Bandawi, confirmed today, Friday (December 29, 2023), that the militarization of the American embassy threatens the security of Iraq .

Al-Bandawi said in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “it is not possible to accept the application of the principle of militarization of embassies in Baghdad,” indicating that “what is happening in the American embassy in terms of militarization threatens the security of the country, especially since it includes thousands of soldiers in the Green Zone and possesses weapons and anti-aircraft guns.” It terrifies the people from time to time.”

He continued, “We hope that the embassy will take into account common interests, including Iraq, and not turn it into a military base,” stressing that “the repeated targeting of the Popular Mobilization Forces headquarters is intentional and condemned.”

Al-Bindawi pointed out, “There are five main reasons for demanding the removal of American forces from the country, the most prominent of which is that they are not needed, and that they represent a threat to security by targeting government security forces from time to time, which leads to martyrs and wounded.”

A member of the Parliamentary Security Committee pointed out, “Iraq no longer even needs forces that are classified as advisory or for the purpose of assistance, in light of the presence of government forces of various types capable of warding off any dangers and defending the security and stability of the country   link