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A Ministerial Meeting Of The Working Group Tasked With Preparing The Draft Oil And Gas Law

Energy  Economy News-Baghdad  On Thursday, the Ministry of Oil organized a ministerial meeting for the working group tasked with preparing the draft oil and gas law.

A statement of the ministry, which was received by “Al-Iqtisad News”, stated that, “The Ministry of Oil organized a meeting for the work team assigned to prepare the draft oil and gas law, which is headed by the ministry’s advisor for administrative, legal and supervisory affairs, Mr. Hamdan Awijel, and includes a number of officials in the oil companies and departments of the ministry’s center.”

He added, “The meeting aims to discuss the preparation of a draft oil and gas law, and to work on crystallizing a professional national vision that achieves the goals of optimal investment of oil wealth to serve the public interest.”  Views 67  08/17/2023

Parliamentary Orientation To Legislate The Oil And Gas Law

Political  | 08/18/2023  Baghdad – Mawazine News  Today, Friday, the representative of the State of Law Parliamentary bloc, Firas Al-Maslamawi, revealed the laws to be legislated in Parliament in the coming period, while stressing the imminent vote on the advisory offices law and the amendment of the private university education law.

Al-Maslamawi said, “The priority of the presidency of Parliament and the House of Representatives is to legislate laws sent by the government, and in the second stage come the proposals for laws and committees.”

He explained, “Parliamentary committees decided that the proposals for laws and their amendments sent by the government should be in a way that touches the lives of citizens.”

He added, “Among the important laws that parliament intends to legislate after receiving its draft is the oil and gas law,” stressing that “there is a parliamentary and governmental will to legislate it in a manner that preserves justice in the distribution of wealth.”

He pointed out, “Parliament’s determination to support the vulnerable segments with regard to small and income-generating projects, as this law has been approved and has become effective, in addition to the information law, as it is a very important law and is concerned with electronic extortion.”

He pointed out that “the informatics law aims to protect everyone, contrary to what was circulated in the media, that it is a restriction of freedoms,” noting that “the Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee is working to complete this law.”

He pointed out that “there is a trend among the political blocs and forces to form legal committees aimed at taking the initiative and enacting laws that directly affect the life of the citizen,” noting that “the government has withdrawn 9 laws, most notably the law of random homes, and is waiting to send them to Parliament and vote on them.”

Al-Maslamawi stated that “the House of Representatives is moving towards legislating or amending laws related to the sectors of agriculture, industry and water resources, as well as education and higher education,” noting that “the Higher Education Committee will soon vote on the consulting offices law and efforts to amend Law 25 of private university education, which pertains to private universities.” In addition to amending Law 40

Oil Prices Continue To Fall

Economy | 10:03 – 08/18/2023  Baghdad – Mawazine News  Economic concerns about the decline in oil demand continue to pressure the black gold markets, as oil prices fell today to below $84 a barrel.

Crude prices are heading towards recording their first weekly loss since last June, in light of concerns about the Chinese economy and the possibility of the US Federal Reserve raising interest rates.

By 08:20 Moscow time, US West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 0.10% to $80.20 a barrel.

Brent crude futures fell by 0.17% to $83.98 a barrel, according to Bloomberg.

Al-Sudani And Al-Mandalawi Stress The Importance Of Coordination Between The Legislative And Executive Authorities To Legislate Important Laws

Friday 18 August 2023 11:13 | political Number of readings: 277  Baghdad / NINA / – Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’a Al-Sudani and First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mohsen Al-Mandalawi stressed the importance of coordination between the legislative and executive authorities to legislate laws of concern to citizens.

A statement by the media office of the First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives stated: “Al-Sudani and Al-Mandalawi stressed the importance of continuing effective coordination between the legislative and executive authorities in order to expedite the enactment of solid laws that concern the citizen and meet his requirements, and focus on laws that encourage economic and investment development, as well as revitalize industry and create job opportunities.” Suitable for young people.

The statement added: “Al-Mandalawi called for continued coordination between the legislative and executive authorities, in a way that contributes to the enactment of laws of interest to the citizen and the development of the economy,” stressing “the agreement to expedite the implementation of the tripartite budget provisions, especially those related to service and strategic projects and the mechanisms for their implementation and follow-up.” / End9

NATO Announces The Assumption Of Additional Missions In Iraq

Iraq  Friday, August 18, 2023 Follow-up / National News Center  Today, Friday, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) announced that it will assume additional missions in Iraq, including advisory and capacity-building roles, in support of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior forces and the Federal Police Command.

This comes amid ambiguity surrounding the reasons that called for the United States of America to reinforce its military forces on the Iraqi-Syrian border, in light of information indicating a possible battle in the region.

During the past few days, the American forces brought in military reinforcements, including vehicles and soldiers, on the Syrian border, coming from the Iraqi side towards the city of Al-Qaim near the border city of Al-Bukamal along the Euphrates River.

The international coalition forces, led by Washington, also conducted military exercises, in which warplanes participated, at the Koniko base in the northern countryside of Deir ez-Zor.

And the alliance stated in a statement, “At the request of the Iraqi authorities, and by a decision of the NATO Council yesterday, Thursday, the scope of the alliance’s mission in Iraq will also include advisory and capacity-building missions to support the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and the Federal Police Command.”

“NATO” stated that “this additional activity will be carried out in conjunction with the support also provided by other countries and international organizations,” stressing at the same time that all NATO activities are being carried out “at Iraq’s request and with full respect for the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

And NATO indicated that “its mission in Iraq was established in 2018, and it is tasked with providing advice to defense and security officials in the Ministry of Defense, the Office of the National Security Adviser, and the Operations Center of the Prime Minister, and now it will also include the Ministry of Interior and the Federal Police Command.”

NATO’s statement concluded that “its mission in Iraq will provide advice to professional military education institutions in the Greater Baghdad area.”

The commander of Operation Inherent Resolve in the Joint Task Force Command in Iraq and Syria, US General Matthew MacFarlane, revealed yesterday, Thursday, that the coalition monitored “threats” led by groups in Iraq on social media platforms, stating that the bases of the international military mission were targeted.

Romanowski Comments On The US Build-Up In The Region And The News Of Cutting The Border

Iraq  Fri, 18 Aug 2023 Follow-up / National News Center  The US ambassador commented on the news of an American military build-up to cut the borders between Iraq and Syria, stressing that “these issues were discussed between the US and Iraqi Ministries of Defense,” which had been previously denied by the Prime Minister’s advisor, Muhammad Shia’a al-Sudani.

A member of the Parliamentary Security Committee, Waad al-Quddo, had said earlier that the meeting between the US and Iraqi defense ministers in Washington witnessed a discussion of the movement of the US military build-up to carry out the “mission of cutting the borders between Iraq and Syria,” but the Sudanese advisor denied this.

Ambassador Elena Romanowsky’s statements were identical to those of Al-Quddo, as she said in a televised interview followed by “Earth News” today, Friday, that “military activity is part of the normal rotation of American forces to and from Iraq, and these issues were covered when the discussion took place in the meeting.”

In another matter, the US ambassador responded briefly to the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad accusing the US of using the electricity card to delay the street.

Regarding the Iranian ambassador’s statements that Washington is using the electricity card to inflame the street, Romanowski responded by saying, “This is what the Iranians are doing.”

The ambassador denied the existence of any American objection to the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani to Washington, and said

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