TNT – “Tidbits From TNT” Thursday 11-23-2023


Tishwash:  A parliamentary committee answers: Is Kurdistan forced to pass the oil and gas law?

Today, Wednesday, the Oil, Gas and Natural Resources Committee explained the way to improve the Kurdistan Region’s relations with the federal government, and while it confirmed that the region has become “forced” to submit to the requirements of the next stage, it pointed to the importance of the Oil and Gas Law.

Committee member, Intisar Al-Jazairi, said in an interview with the Maalouma Agency, “The current government has come a long way in its understandings with the Kurdistan region regarding the oil file, and handing over the quotas imposed on it in the financial budget.”

She added, “The Kurdistan region has become forced to submit to the requirements of the next stage, especially regarding the oil and gas law, given that the law is not specific to the governorates for which the federal government is responsible only, but also includes oil that is under the control of Kurdistan.”

The oil parliamentary member explained, “If the Kurdistan region wants to improve its relations with the federal government, by paying taxes, or by exporting oil, it must submit to the oil and gas law.”

Al-Jazairi confirmed, “The government and Parliament are waiting for the legislation of this law until it finishes the issue of how to export oil, or invest gas in the coming stages.”

Earlier, a member of the House of Representatives, Kazem Al-Touki, confirmed that all technical problems surrounding the oil and gas law have been resolved, with the exception of the political problems between Baghdad and Erbil regarding the law, which require intervention from the active parties to resolve the problems surrounding the law.

The oil and gas law is one of the issues that has sparked controversy between Erbil and Baghdad for many years, but it was agreed to approve this draft law between the two parties within the framework of a political agreement that led to the formation of the current government.   link


CandyKisses:  With the participation of 120 companies. Iraq International Exhibition for Building, Construction and Infrastructure kicks off

 Economy Baghdad News

The activities of the Iraq International Exhibition for Building, Construction and Infrastructure kicked off in the capital, Baghdad, on Wednesday, with the participation of more than 120 companies from 13 countries, while the Governor of Babylon, Wissam Aslan, confirmed that the government allocated the bulk of the investment budget for infrastructure projects.

Aslan said in a speech during the Iraq International Exhibition for Building, Construction and Infrastructure, that “the country really needs a big campaign in the subject of reconsidering the existing infrastructure previously or the establishment of new infrastructure in areas where there is no infrastructure, especially the issue of construction and construction represented by roads, sewage networks and rainwater networks,” pointing out that “the facilities and institutions supporting these sectors bridges, tunnels, factories and factories that would prepare requirements and construction for construction.”

He added that “the government resolved through its three-year plan to be the largest part of the funds allocated to the investment budget for the issue of infrastructure,” noting that “Prime Minister Mohamed Shia al-Sudani stressed in all his meetings, whether with governors or with ministers, that it is necessary to employ state funds for infrastructure projects that take care of the requirements and needs of the actual real citizen with a long life and high quality.”

He expressed his hope that “the outputs of this exhibition will be positive and in the interest of upgrading and rising in the subject of infrastructure qualitatively and quantitatively,” stressing “the need for governors to converge with capable companies with high ability and quality because there is a large package of real projects in all sectors, whether the roads sector, the sewage sector, the rainwater sector, desalination plants, treatment plants, bridges and tunnels, in addition to the presence of real investment opportunities in most of our governorates concerned with factories, laboratories and facilities interested in this sector for the pipe industry. The prefabricated panel industry, the concrete industry and various real industries are all supportive and inclusive of this important structural sector.”

While the official of relations and media company Sorouh for organizing exhibitions Osama Majeed, in a statement reported by the official news agency, and seen by “Economy News”, that “the activities of the building and construction exhibition were launched with the participation of more than 120 companies from 13 countries,” noting that “these companies that came today to the capital, Baghdad, realize the importance of the economic market of Iraq as it is a large and very promising market,” explaining that “all provinces are witnessing today the process of building, rehabilitation and moving infrastructure in general, which is “It’s an opportunity for these companies to present all their products and the latest technology they have come up with and put them in the hands of the Iraqi investor and decision-makers.”

He stressed that “a protocol agreement was signed today between three companies, namely Al-Sorouh Company for organizing international exhibitions, companies from the UAE and an Egyptian company, which will result in specialized exhibitions in the coming days,” explaining that “the arrival of companies is a gain for Iraq.”


CandyKisses:  Washington has reached the “stage of insanity”. Bombing of Iraqi headquarters and blood ‘will not end without repercussions’

Baghdad Today – Baghdad

The leader of the Coordination Framework, Turki Al-Atabi, confirmed on Thursday (November 23, 2023) that America has reached the stage of madness in dealing with Middle East issues, especially after the recent targeting of the headquarters of the Popular Mobilization, which may lead to a major confrontation.

Al-Atabi said in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “America is the gateway to chaos in the Middle East and is the one who is running the war of extermination that has been taking place for more than 40 days in Gaza and the rest of the Palestinian cities by pumping weapons and money to the Zionist entity and thwarting any attempts aimed at stopping the fire.”

He added, “Targeting a force of the Popular Mobilization Forces and the fall of 8 martyrs and a number of infections is a blatant attack that indicates that America has reached the stage of madness in the Middle East and wants to create a major confrontation to protect the usurping Zionist entity in Palestine.”

Al-Atabi pointed out that “the bombing of the headquarters of the Popular Mobilization will have serious repercussions and the blood of the martyrs will not be in vain,” noting that “the people with all its components have become aware of all the malicious agenda “Sponsored by Washington in Iraq in order to protect its interests.”

“The demand to remove the remaining US forces in Iraq is a popular demand because there is no stability or security with a brute force that kills its sons in broad daylight under flimsy pretexts,” he said.

Earlier, MP Rafik Salhi, a member of the Coordination Framework, revealed the existence of a parliamentary movement aimed at legislating the law “Prosecute the United States of America.

Al-Salhi told Baghdad Today that “a movement of deputies from different political blocs is currently working to collect signatures in order to submit a draft law aimed at prosecuting the United States of America for the crimes it committed against Iraqis, from the day of the occupation of Iraq until now, especially after its recent crimes in the Jurf al-Nasr district.”

He added that “the recent US crimes targeted an official government force, and this is a serious violation of Iraq and its autonomy and a threat to its security and stability, and this requires firm positions towards the American presence, and we will work in every way to end this illegal presence, and we will work to prosecute Washington for all its crimes against Iraq and Iraqis.”

US drones bombed the headquarters of the Popular Mobilization Forces in the Jurf al-Sakhar area of Babil province, killing 4 victims and wounding two others, after a similar operation targeted a vehicle of the crowd in the Abu Ghraib area, west of Baghdad.