TNT – “Tidbits From TNT” Saturday 4-13-2024

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CandyKisses:  Sudani leaves Baghdad for the United States

Baghdad / Nina /  Saturday 13, April 2024 10:02

Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani left the capital Baghdad for the United States of America, at the head of a government and parliamentary delegation and representatives of the private sector, at the beginning of an official visit at the invitation of US President Joseph Biden.

Tishwash:  Al-Sudani will stay in America for a week.. And Will Visit 3 States source from Baghdad and another from Washington reveal the agenda

Bankers excited to meet the Treasury

 Two Iraqi and American sources said that Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani will spend a week in the United States, including discussions with President Joe Biden, and a tour of 3 states.

The Iraqi government source confirmed to the 964 network that Al-Sudani will hold meetings with businessmen, and will be accompanied by Iraqi bank officials.

Informed sources said that the Iraqi bankers who obtained an American visa hope to cancel or ease sanctions on Iraqi banks, and they expect to hear something about this when they attend a meeting at the headquarters of the Ministry of the Treasury.

Politically, there is no change on the Sudanese agenda, and the political file will remain the transformation of the military mission of the American forces, within the framework of the international coalition, into a “security partnership” with Washington that includes armament and training, and the file of disputes between Baghdad and Erbil will also be on the table.

However, there has been a slight change, and Al-Sudani will discuss with Biden the possibility of an Iranian response to the bombing of Tehran’s consulate in Mezze.

A source told the 964 network that Biden will clarify the red lines related to the Iranian threat against Israel.

The American press does not expect “a violent response from Iran against Israel,” and CNN said that Iran may be content with sanctions from the Security Council, while information was circulated regarding “Israel’s acceptance of an Iranian response that can be accommodated if it is limited.”  link

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Tishwash:  Iraq is preparing to engage in an economic alliance that brings together Türkiye, Qatar and the UAE

The Turkish Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Abdulkadir Oraloglu, revealed on Friday a Turkish-Iraqi decision to establish a joint mechanism similar to the “Ministerial Council” to follow up on the “Development Road” project.

Oraloglu said in a statement that the visit that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to make to Baghdad at the end of this month will address issues that will enhance cooperation between the two countries in the “development roads” project.

The “Development Road” is an economic project that aims to connect Iraq with Turkey via land roads and railways, with the aim of transporting goods between Europe and the Gulf countries.
Oraloglu pointed out that important steps were taken during the past year regarding the “development path” and that ministerial negotiations were held between the two countries to develop cooperation.

He stated that, in this regard, Ankara hosted technical talks under the supervision of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, with the participation of representatives from the Turkish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and an Iraqi delegation, including representatives from the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Transport, and the General Authority of Customs.

He added: “As a result of our regular meetings with Iraq, we decided to establish a mechanism similar to the ministerial council between the two countries.”

Oraloglu pointed out that he recently held talks with his Iraqi counterpart, Razak Muhaibas Al-Saadawi, during which they agreed to begin establishing a mechanism similar to the existing ministerial councils between Turkey, Hungary, and Serbia.

He explained that they are waiting for the participation of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, along with Türkiye and Iraq, in the Ministerial Council.  link

Tishwash:  Prime Minister: The visit to Washington comes at a delicate and sensitive circumstance and aims to activate the Strategic Framework Agreement

Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani confirmed today, Saturday, that his visit to Washington comes at a delicate and sensitive circumstance at the level of bilateral relations and the situation of the region.

The Prime Minister’s Media Office stated in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA): “Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani made a press statement before his departure for the United States of America, this Saturday morning, in which he confirmed that this visit comes in a delicate and sensitive circumstance at the level of Relations with the United States of America, as well as the level of conditions in the region and the crimes taking place in the Palestinian territories against innocent people, as well as fears of the expansion of the scope of the conflict.”

Al-Sudani stated, “The goal of the visit is to move relations with the United States to a new stage that includes activating the provisions of the Strategic Framework Agreement, which is in line with our government’s program, which focuses on economic and financial reforms and other important fields, as well as productive partnerships with various countries of the world.”

He stressed that “the meeting with President Biden will discuss the circumstances of the region and the escalation it is witnessing, and the joint role in working to calm the situation and prevent the conflict from expanding in a way that affects overall stability in the world. The meeting will also review the work of the Supreme Military Committee between Iraq and the international coalition, which aims to reach an agenda.” “A timetable to end the coalition’s mission and move to bilateral relations with the countries participating in the coalition.”

He pointed out to the Prime Minister that “the visit will witness meetings with the US Secretaries of State, Defense and Treasury, as well as the National Security Advisor, the US Chamber of Commerce and senior officials in oil and industrial companies.” 

He reiterated that “the visit carries the desire to build a sustainable strategic partnership, based on mutual respect, and to preserve Iraq’s security, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.”

The statement explained that “the Prime Minister is accompanied on his official visit to Washington by a government and parliamentary delegation that includes a number of ministers, members of the House of Representatives, and advisors, in addition to representatives from the private sector, including businessmen and industrialists specialized in various sectors, where he will hold extensive discussions with American officials regarding bilateral relations.” “And to discuss a group of economic, financial, commercial and security files, as well as files related to education, culture and others. The visit also includes the signing of a number of investment contracts with major American companies.”

The statement continued, “The visit will witness the holding of the first meeting of the joint Higher Coordination Committee ( HCC ), with the aim of continuing to activate the strategic framework agreement, in the axes of energy, banking and financial cooperation, transportation, combating corruption, recovering Iraqi funds, and the business sector, in addition to education and culture.”   link