TNT – “Tidbits From TNT” Wednesday Morning 2-14-2024

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CandyKisses:  Rights: The Iraqi economy is in the hands of America

Information / Baghdad.. 

On Wednesday, the head of the Parliamentary Rights Bloc, Saud Al-Saadi, accused the United States of America of besieging Iraq economically. 

Al-Saadi told Al-Maalouma, “The recovery of the Iraqi economy requires bold decisions to stop American hegemony over Iraq’s sovereignty.”

He added, “America prevents Iraq’s openness to the Belt and Road Initiative and other development projects, violates sovereignty, and controls all aspects of political and economic life.”

He explained, “America made the dollar and energy files a pretext to seize Iraqi funds after selling oil, and made the local economy captive in its hand. 

Tishwash: An economist warns of the US Treasury’s policy with Iraq

Today, Wednesday, the economic expert, Nabil Jabbar Al-Ali, warned of the policy of the US Treasury Department and the measures it took against Iraqi private banks.

Al-Ali told Al-Maalouma, “Depriving Iraqi private banks from dealing in dollars will affect the commercial movement represented by import and export through a decrease in foreign transfers granted by the Central Bank.” 

He added, “Any sanctions from the US Treasury on Iraqi private banks will affect the exchange rate of the dollar against the dinar.”

Al-Ali pointed to “continuous American controls and pressure on private private banks inside Iraq.”

At the beginning of this month, the Central Bank announced a new list of banks that will be prohibited from dealing in dollars, as the list included the names of eight banks that were not previously on the list.

While the Economy, Industry and Trade Committee intends to hold a meeting with representatives of the Iraqi Private Banks Association and the banks that were included in the US sanctions list. link

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Tishwash:  Al-Mandalawi: The coming weeks will witness the legislation of the law ending the American presence in Iraq

Acting Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mohsen Al-Mandalawi, announced on Wednesday that “the coming weeks will witness the legislation of the law ending the American presence” in Iraq, with Baghdad and Washington resuming talks on scheduling the withdrawal of international coalition forces from the country and ending their presence there.

A statement from the office of the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, a copy of which {Al-Furat News} received, stated that Al-Mandalawi “received, today, Wednesday, the head of the Iranian judiciary, Gholam Hossein Ejei, and his accompanying delegation, in the presence of a number of representatives and the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Muhammad Al-Sadiq.”

Al-Mandalawi stressed that “the repeated American attacks on Iraqi sites and figures are in violation of international law and would disturb relations between the two countries,” expressing the House of Representatives’ keenness to implement its previous decision to remove foreign forces from the country, while stating that the coming period will witness the enactment of a law to completely end their presence, and that Iraq is a country A strong person who does not need foreign forces to protect him, calling at the same time on Arab and Islamic parliaments to enact laws to hold the Zionist entity and the countries that support it accountable and to criminalize relations with them.”

 Al-Mandalawi said, “The legislative authority is keen to strengthen relations with all countries of the region and neighborhood, and it believes in cooperation and integration with the Iraqi executive and judicial authorities, and supports bilateral agreements and treaties in the field of judicial and legal cooperation between the judicial authorities of the two countries, stressing that Iraq’s role is consistent with Palestine’s, The international system and the countries of the region in particular are responsible for stopping the brutal Zionist aggression in Gaza.”

For his part, the Iranian judiciary chief praised the role of the Iraqi Parliament, describing it as exceptional, as it was the first parliament to enact a law criminalizing normalization with the Zionist entity. This is an honorable position and one to be credited with, stressing that the Iraqi people can manage their country in the way they see fit, while calling for “More cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries on regional issues, especially since Iraq’s position is influential and effective.”  link