[size=47]Al-Sudani reviews the foreign agreements of the Al-Kazemi government: the possibility of amendment or cancellation[/size]
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November 11, 2022
Baghdad tripartite summit in June 2021 (Mortaza Al-Sudani/Anadolu Agency)
Al-Kazemi’s government faced great objections with the political forces currently affiliated with the “coordinating framework”, which recently formed the new government in Iraq, specifically with regard to agreements concluded with Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, such as [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] projects, tax and customs exemption, oil and investment companies through deferred payment or Reconstruction for oil.
In June 2021, Baghdad hosted the last round of the tripartite summit between Baghdad, Amman and Cairo, after its first round began in August 2020. Iraq also participated in the Arab-American Summit in Saudi Arabia last July, which was attended by US President Joe Biden. The "coordinating framework", which is close to Tehran, launched a sharp attack on Al-Kazemi's participation in it.
A committee to review the agreementsAn official source in the Iraqi Prime Ministry told "Al-Araby Al-Jadeed", that "Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani formed a specialized committee that includes a number of representatives of ministries and government agencies, to work on reviewing a number of international agreements signed by Al-Kazemi, and the committee has already started its work by holding its first meeting. this week."
The source, who asked not to be named, added that "the committee will eventually present its perceptions about these agreements and their benefit to Iraq and their economic and financial feasibility. There is, of course, the possibility of the second party requesting to amend some paragraphs of those agreements or withdraw from them, specifically with regard to the issue of electricity, energy and others, With the study of canceling some agreements, if they contain clauses that present the interests of those countries over Iraq.” He revealed that " [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is among what will be reviewed."Mahmoud Al-Hayali: Al-Sudani does not want to target any country by reviewing these agreements
In turn, the leader of the "Coordination Framework" coalition, Mahmoud Al-Hayali, said in an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that "the new government headed early to review all the international agreements signed by Al-Kazemi, as well as the internal agreements and projects as well, because of the many indications and suspicions of corruption." ".
Al-Hayali accused the former prime minister and his team of “signing economic agreements with Arab and Gulf countries in which he presented the interests of those countries at the expense of Iraq’s interests, and for this it was a duty to take a decision to review those agreements, especially since the House of Representatives did not see the agreements, and for this the Sudanese will reconsider all of them.” ".
He added, "The Sudanese does not want to target any country by reviewing these agreements. On the contrary, he wants to build good relations with all countries in the region and seeks to sign agreements during the next stage, related to investment, reconstruction and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] in general, but government agreements are being studied." Al-Kazemi is currently and it may be requested to amend some of them, withdraw from others or remain in them, if they are devoid of any indications and suspicions.
Consequences of canceling the agreementsFor his part, researcher Mustafa Akram Hantoush told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed about the prime minister’s powers to “cancel or amend any previous agreement,” but he explained that “this matter may have repercussions on Iraq, specifically with regard to economic agreements.”
Hantoush indicated that "among these consequences, Iraq may pay penal conditions if it withdraws from some international economic agreements, or it may even affect the future of Iraq's relations with the countries with which the agreements are canceled, especially the Gulf ones, and for this the Sudanese will be cautious in dealing with this." file".
Hantoush warned that "in the event that some international agreements are canceled because they were signed by the previous government, this may affect the signing of agreements with countries in the near future. This will affect Iraq's credibility in working in accordance with international agreements, especially since agreements are signed with states and not with people who They can be changed at any time.Akram Hantoush: Cancellation of some agreements affects Iraq
For his part, political analyst Ali Al-Baydar described the tendency to reconsider the agreements, as "not without a political and partisan character, but this step may lead to tension in relations between Iraq and those countries."
In an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, he stressed that "Al-Sudani's move to study and evaluate previous international agreements may be media only, and in order to relieve pressure on him by some parties to the coordination framework, he is well aware of the danger of taking seriously the cancellation of any international agreement."
Al-Baydar spoke about the existence of "regional and international support for the Sudanese and his government, so the decision to cancel some agreements will undoubtedly raise a large part of this support, which the Sudanese does not want. For this reason, he will continue to maneuver this file in the media to relieve political pressure on him before Some forces of the coordination framework, which want relations only with a specific regional and international axis.
Al-Sudani had previously made a series of extensive changes in security and government positions during the first two weeks of granting his government confidence, most notably the cancellation of all decisions of his predecessor Al-Kazemi that were taken during the caretaker period, which followed [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] on October 10, 2021.
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