TNT – “Tidbits From TNT” Saturday 11-4-2023

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CandyKisses:  The launch of the “Seventh Ambassadors” conference in Baghdad with the participation of 85 Iraqi diplomats

The “Seventh Ambassadors” conference, entitled “Iraqi Diplomacy Balanced Relations and Sustainable Development” kicked off in Baghdad on Saturday, with the participation of 85 personalities from Iraq’s ambassadors and heads of Iraqi political and consular missions abroad.

The conference was attended by the Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, the President of the Republic Abdul Latif Rashid, and the President of the Supreme Judicial Council, Faik Zeidan, as well as a number of ministers and governors.

The Foreign Ministry said, in a press release followed by Network 964, that the conference “aims to put forward an improved agenda for Iraqi diplomacy, which reflects on more effectiveness of foreign policy, activating the role of Iraq in Arab, regional and international organizations and strengthening relations with countries on the basis of the principle of mutual respect and achieving common interests.

The conference is an in-depth opportunity to exchange views with the aim of implementing the priorities of the government program and intensifying diplomatic work with various parties.

The conference will run for four days from November 4 to 8 of the same month.

Tishwash:  Iraq is ranked third among the largest oil exporters to America

 The US Energy Information Administration announced on Saturday that Iraq’s oil exports to America rose over the past week. 

The administration’s latest table showed that the average US imports of crude oil during the past week from nine major countries amounted to 5.645 million barrels per day, an increase of 392 thousand barrels per day from the previous week, which amounted to 5.253 million barrels per day. 

He added that Iraq’s oil exports to America amounted to 351 thousand barrels per day last week, an increase of 169 thousand barrels per day from the previous week, which reached an average of 182 thousand barrels per day. 

He pointed out that most of America’s oil revenues during the past week came from Canada at an average of 3,485 million barrels per day, followed by Mexico with an average of 1,004 million barrels per day, and oil revenues from Saudi Arabia amounted to an average of 294 thousand barrels per day, and then Brazil with an average of 168 thousand barrels per day. 

According to the administration, the amount of American imports of crude oil from Ecuador is at a rate of 133 thousand barrels per day, from Libya at a rate of 106 thousand barrels per day, from Colombia at a rate of 74 thousand barrels per day, and from Nigeria at a rate of 30 thousand barrels per day, while no quantity is imported from Russia.  link

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Tishwash:  Barzani reveals Iraq’s loss of $5 billion due to the oil cessation

The President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, said that the cessation of the region’s oil exports caused Iraq to lose $5 billion, indicating that the resumption of oil exports depends on Baghdad. 

This came in a press conference held by the President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, after the end of his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Nechirvan Barzani said in the press conference, “The resumption of oil exports depends on Baghdad,” adding: “I do not say that the failure to resume oil exports is a political issue, but rather a technical issue,” explaining that “the cessation of the export of oil from the Kurdistan region of Iraq caused Iraq to lose 5 billion dollars.”

He added, “Not exporting oil harms not only the Iraqi Kurdistan region but all of Iraq,” expressing the hope that Baghdad will look at the issue in the same way and “find an appropriate solution for it.”

The President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region explained regarding his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron: “We had a good meeting with President Macron,” stressing that “France was a major supporter of Iraq.” 

Nechirvan Barzani said, “President Macron expressed his readiness to help solve the problems between Erbil and Baghdad,” pointing out that an invitation was extended to President Macron to visit the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and he will visit the region. 

Nechirvan Barzani noted that “there is no excuse left for Baghdad not to send salaries to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq,” stressing that “the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq provided the data to Baghdad transparently,” referring to the data of the Kurdistan Region’s employees. 

Regarding the internal situation in the Iraqi Kurdistan region and the relationship with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the upcoming elections, the President of the Iraqi Kurdistan region said that “there is no agreement with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan to postpone the elections,” adding: “We will meet this week with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.” 

Nechirvan Barzani stressed: “We are not in favor of postponing the regional parliament elections,” noting: “We have implemented our obligations to hold the region’s elections.”

Regarding the situation in the region, Nechirvan Barzani stated that the problem facing the region “is not only related to the place where it occurs,” but it “certainly affects the entire region.”

He continued: “Our position, and we discussed this with President Macron as well, is the necessity of delivering humanitarian aid as quickly as possible to the people of Gaza, and this is the first step. We believe that those detained by Hamas must be released.”

He stressed the necessity of “finding a strategic solution to this issue in the future, and we believe the correct solution is the two-state solution,” which is “a strategic solution and the only solution,” noting that “it has been proven that war does not solve the problem.”

He went on to say: “We do not want Iraq to become a part of these problems in any way,” stressing the need for “the Prime Minister to play his role as commander of the armed forces, and for all of us to help the Iraqi Prime Minister, so that this issue does not become a problem for Iraq in any way.”  link