TNT – “Tidbits From TNT” Wednesday Morning 2-7-2024

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Tishwash:  Japan, Britain, Algeria and Malta praise Al-Sudani’s reform efforts in Iraq

 Japan, France, Britain, Algeria, and Malta expressed their absolute support for the Iraqi government in meeting the aspirations of the Iraqi people, praising the reform efforts of Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani.

Japan’s representative in the UN Security Council said, “We welcome the holding of Iraqi local elections and we hope that the Kurdistan region will hold its overdue elections.”
 He added, “We call on all international parties to stop tensions and maintain good neighborliness, and we value Iraq’s role in limiting the expansion of the conflict in the region.”

For his part, the British representative in the UN Security Council affirmed: “We value the Iraqi government’s reform steps in the areas of economy, security and investment,”
while the French representative in the Security Council saluted the efforts of the Iraqi government to complete the reforms that the Iraqi people aspire to, calling on everyone to respect Iraq’s sovereignty and keep its lands away from the specter of Conflict in the region

In addition, the representatives of Algeria and Malta stressed the commitment of the United Nations mission to support the Iraqi priorities and its efforts to achieve peace there.  link

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CandyKisses:  Najaf will suspend official working hours tomorrow, Thursday

Baghdad Today – Najaf

Today, Wednesday (February 7, 2024), the Najaf Provincial Council announced the suspension of official working hours in the governorate’s departments, tomorrow, Thursday, on the occasion of the Prophet’s resurrection.

The provincial office said in a statement received by “Baghdad Today” that “it was decided to suspend the official working hours of the departments of Najaf province for tomorrow, Thursday, on the occasion of the Prophet’s mission.”

The statement excluded “security and service departments and external preliminary exams from the holiday.”

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CandyKisses:  The best in the area. International praise for the infrastructure of electronic payment systems in Iraq

Mawazine News- Baghdad

Bank confirmed International, on Wednesday, that the infrastructure of electronic payment systems in Iraq Best in the area.

A statement stated The Central Bank received it / Mawazine News /, that “the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq Ali Mohsen Al-Alaq, received a delegation from the World Bank headed by the Director of the World Bank Office in Iraq Richard Abdel Nour”.

He added, that During the meeting, they discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation between the Central Bank of Iraq The World Bank will discuss e-payment projects, financial inclusion, as well as programs reform to promote the stability and development of the financial sector.”

He explained, that “The two parties discussed the support of the World Bank to provide advice on the establishment of Riyada Bank Dedicated to microfinance in Iraq with the support of the Finance Corporation International”.

In turn, praised World Bank Delegation, “Central Bank of Iraq’s Procedures in Facilitating Remittances financial for different segments in Iraq,” he said, noting that “the infrastructure Electronic payment systems and software systems in Iraq are among the best in area”.

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CandyKisses:  Iraq calls on US Treasury to reconsider sanctions on civil banks

Mawazine News – Baghdad

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry called on the US Treasury to reconsider the decision to impose sanctions on some civil banks.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement received by Mawazine News that “the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs received a phone call yesterday evening, from US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, as part of the follow-up of the most prominent developments and regional and international issues of common interest.”

The statement added, “The Secretary of State touched on the sanctions imposed by the US Treasury on seven Iraqi banks recently preceded by sanctions on fourteen Iraqi banks, as the reasons behind the imposition of such sanctions have not been stated, and whether Washington’s imposition of these sanctions came due to the undiscipline of these banks in implementing banking instructions and compliance rules, or for other political reasons, especially as the US Treasury Department is in constant contact with the Central Bank of Iraq.”

He pointed out that “these banks have an important and significant role in financing the expenses of the ration card and providing the food basket for Iraqi families with limited income,” he officially called for “a review of the US Treasury decision on the subject.”

He pointed out that “Iraq is keen to build partnership and cooperation relations with friendly countries and joint work towards facing economic and security challenges and in a way that supports consolidating stability in the region.”