TNT – “Tidbits From TNT” Monday 2-26-2024

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CandyKisses:  ‘Unprecedented’ agreement in the Iraqi government to remove US forces

Baghdad Today – Translation 

The Iranian Press TV Agency announced in a report published on Sunday (February 25, 2024) the existence of what it described as an “unprecedented consensus” between leaders and political officials within the Iraqi government to “remove” US forces from the country completely, Declaring the country’s full ability to face the challenges and threat of terrorism.

The agency said, according to what was translated by “Baghdad Today”, that the National Security Adviser Qassim Al-Araji, confirmed to her the information she previously obtained about the existence of political and security consensus on the removal of US forces, explaining that “Iraqi leaders have become confident of the ability of Iraqi forces to face the dangers and challenges to the country without the need for US forces, whose presence has become harmful to Iraqi security as a result of the targeting operations carried out inside the country.”

The agency also confirmed that it had obtained information confirming that the Iraqi government will “sign individual security agreements” with the countries that now represent the international coalition alongside the United States, noting that these agreements will ensure that the government in Baghdad receives the support of those countries for Iraq in addition to the continuous strengthening of the capabilities of the Iraqi forces, by withdrawing their description.

It is noteworthy that the Iraqi parliament took in 2020 a non-binding decision to remove US forces from Iraq, as the agency indicated that the current consensus between the political and security leaders in the country will witness during the coming period another decision from Baghdad that is binding after the agreement with the US side.

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Tishwash:  Government work to complete the 2024 budget schedules

The Ministry of Planning confirmed today, Monday, the continuation of its work to complete the 2024 budget schedules.

Ministry spokesman, Abdul Zahra Al-Hindawi, said, “Work is continuing to complete the 2024 budget schedules in coordination with the Ministries of Finance and Oil and the relevant authorities, so that they will be discussed soon by the government and then sent to the House of Representatives.”

He explained, “The budget tables include the volume of revenues for the year 2024 and the volume of expenditures in their operational and investment aspects.”

Finance Minister Taif Sami confirmed, during her meeting with the Finance Committee, that “employees’ salaries for the year 2024 are fully insured,” indicating that “the release of the salaries of the region’s employees for the current month is subject to the submission of lists of names, and we have stipulated nationalization to disburse them during the coming months.”

She added, “The Ministry has begun launching financing for the operational budget,” noting that “the 2024 budget tables will soon be sent to the Council of Ministers for approval and sending them to Parliament.”    link

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Tishwash:  Prime Minister: The government is open to developing relations with all countries of the region

INA Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani confirmed today, Sunday, that the government is open to developing relations with all countries of the region.

The Prime Minister’s Media Office stated in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA): “The Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani, received, this Sunday afternoon, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Iraq, Muhammad Kadhim Al Sadiq, and during the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and ways to Strengthening and developing it in all fields, in a way that achieves the mutual benefit of the two friendly countries.”

The Prime Minister stressed, according to the statement, that “the government is open to developing relations with all countries of the region, and is working on major projects that achieve comprehensive integration between these countries, which have many ties and commonalities and ambitious development plans, in a way that consolidates regional and international stability.”   link

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Tishwash:  We will host the Governor of the Central Bank and the directors of licensed banks – Parliamentary Integrity

Member of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee, Abdul Amir Al-Mayahi, said that the Central Bank directed the banks to deliver external transfers in dollars, but some of them did not comply with the instructions, and we will take quick decisions against them, indicating that there is talk within the committee to host the Governor of the Central Bank, Ali Al-Alaq, and the directors of licensed banks, in the coming days, Against the background of these violations.

Al-Mayahi explained, in an interview with the official newspaper, followed by the 964 Network , that “banks’ violation of instructions regarding converting customers’ transfers in foreign currency into the Iraqi dinar at a price set by the state at 132 causes serious harm to customers, due to the price difference,” calling it “a violation, despite From the directive of the Central Bank dated 12/31/2023, and its confirmation on 1/2/2024, then reaffirming the instructions for a period not exceeding nine days on 1/11/2024 on the necessity of adhering to the instructions of the Central Bank and taking into account the rights of customers.”

Al-Mayahi added, “The Central Bank directed that customers be given their transfers in dollars, not Iraqi dinars, and that the banks should inform the Central Bank of the amounts they need for cash dollars to meet their customers’ requests,” indicating that “the banks, unfortunately, did not respond to the call of the Central Bank, did not implement the instructions, and are still delivering external transfers to customers in dinars.” .

He pointed out that “the Integrity Committee will have a major role in relation to these violations, especially since there is talk within the committee to start hosting the Governor of the Central Bank and the advanced staff in the coming days, in addition to the directors of licensed banks to examine the violations committed by them.”

Al-Mayahi stated, “Council of Ministers Resolution No. (23.26) of 2023 emphasized taking into account dealing in the Iraqi currency and supplying the dinar, and this does not apply to converting foreign remittances to the dinar,” and said: “This is a clear violation and quick decisions will be taken regarding it by the committee.”   link