TNT – “Tidbits From TNT” Thursday Morning 1-18-2024

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Tishwash:  Iraq is taking serious steps to join the World Trade Organization

The head of the team concerned with Iraq’s accession to the World Trade Organization, Saqr Abdullah Al-Muqbel, confirmed today, Thursday, that Iraq has taken serious steps to join the World Trade Organization.

Al-Muqbil told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): “Iraq is rich in its natural and human resources, and the ability of its people to build a truly competitive economy with all countries of the world.”

He added, “Iraq’s economy keeps pace with the aspirations of the region and the world in a transparent and open economy for cooperation and building strategic commercial partnerships with all countries of the world.”

He pointed out, “Iraq is witnessing serious steps towards joining the World Trade Organization link

Tishwash:  The International Monetary Fund praises the Iraqi steps in the field of the financial and banking system

Today, Thursday, the Director General of the International Monetary Fund welcomed Iraq’s accession to a non-financing program to support economic reforms, during her meeting with Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani in Davos.

The Prime Minister’s Media Office stated, in a statement received by Al-Iqtisad News, that “Sudan met with the Director General of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, on the sidelines of its participation in the Davos Economic Forum held in Switzerland.”

During the meeting, “financial cooperation relations between Iraq and the International Monetary Fund were discussed, within the framework of supporting the development path in Iraq.”

Al-Sudani pointed to “the government’s plans in the field of economic and financial reform, as a gateway and basis for all the reforms that the government plans in all vital sectors.”

Georgieva welcomed “Iraq’s joining a non-financing program to support economic reforms, as meetings with the Fund will begin next month to implement this program.”

She also praised “the steps taken by the government in the field of the financial and banking system, and improving the business and investment environment,” expressing its “understanding of Iraq’s specificity and the challenges it faces.”  link

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CandyKisses:  Sudanese: The end of the international coalition mission is a necessity for the stability of Iraq

Baghdad Today – Baghdad

Prime Minister Mohamed Shia Al-Sudani stressed on Thursday (January 18, 2024) that the end of the international coalition’s mission in Iraq is a necessity for the stability of the country.

Al-Sudani said in a speech during the dialogue session at the Davos Economic Forum held in Switzerland and followed by “Baghdad Today”, that “the readiness of the armed forces is a stabilizing factor for the situation in Iraq, so we began to implement a commitment to the government to arrange a dialogue at the end of the mission of the international coalition in the country.”

He added: “After the attacks on the Iraqi headquarters, we will enter into a dialogue to arrange a schedule for the end of the tasks of the international coalition in Iraq,” stressing, “This matter is an official popular demand and serious about it.” “

He pointed out that “the end of the tasks of the international coalition is a necessity for the continuation of good relations between Iraq and the coalition countries,” pointing out that “we have appreciation and respect for the international position and its stand with us against “ISIS.”

The prime minister stressed that “the Iraqi people emerged victorious over the ordeals that the country faced over the past years.”

He continued: “We are trying to move forward with steady steps in the areas of job creation and services,” noting that “one of the challenges facing Iraq is not to convey a correct picture of the situation.”

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Tishwash:  Al-Sudani: We are serious about scheduling the end of the international coalition’s missions in Iraq
Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani in the dialogue session within the work of the Davos Economic Forum held in Switzerland:  

The Iraqi people emerged victorious over the adversities that faced the country over the past years

 We are trying to take steady steps in the areas of providing job opportunities and services

We set a goal to reduce the dependence of the three budgets on oil

 The energy sector has not been invested properly

We turned to important strategic projects, including the development path and the petrochemical sector, to diversify sources of income

 One of the challenges facing Iraq is not conveying an accurate picture of the situation

 We have appreciation and respect for the international position and its standing with us against ISIS

The readiness of the armed forces is a stabilizing factor for the situation in Iraq. Therefore, by implementing the government’s commitment to arrange a dialogue on the end of the international coalition’s mission in the country

 After the attacks on Iraqi headquarters, we will enter into dialogue to arrange a schedule for the end of the international coalition’s missions in Iraq

 This is an official popular demand and they are serious about this

 The end of the international coalition’s missions is necessary for the continuation of good relations between Iraq and the coalition countries

The security problems of the Middle East ignore the reality of the struggle of the Palestinian people and their right to establish their state with Jerusalem as its capital

 We are facing a genocide of Palestinians in Gaza, and the international community is ignoring this

We warned of the expanding scope of conflict, and it has expanded

The international community must assume its legal and moral responsibility towards Palestine and against the occupation

 At every moment, there are children and women falling victim in Gaza, and there is a failure by the international community regarding this matter

More than 78 decisions were not implemented by the international community, in addition to its decisions being ignored

Iraq has common interests with everyone

Iran is a neighboring country that stood with us against ISIS

We have interests with the United States and it stood with us in overthrowing the regime

Just as we do not allow interference in other countries, we do not allow interference in our affairs

Iraq is an essential country in the stability of the region

 We have a fundamental partnership with the European Union and our relationship is distinguished in all areas

Iraq believes in strengthening the relationship with everyone

I called for the formation of a negotiating committee with the Gulf states because of the climate

One of our most important energy reform steps is gas investment

 We started with a sound management system for optimal water use

Iraq will be completely different for the better and will move forward with confident steps

 We are facing a new, economically strong, unified and stable Iraq   link