[ltr]2023.02.10 - 22:15[/ltr]
Baghdad - Nas
On Friday, the President of the Republic, Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid, stressed the need to expedite the legislation of the 2023 budget to implement the contents of the ministerial program, while stressing that "terrorism is over" and Iraq needs international and regional support for its development project.
In an interview with the official channel, followed by "NAS" (February 10, 2023), Rashid said, "The earthquake disaster is great, and Iraq reacted to the tragedy and continues to provide humanitarian support to the Syrian and Turkish peoples."
Regarding the political situation, he added, "The recent elections in Iraq deepened the concepts of security and peace, and were held with international and regional acceptance. There is coordination, cooperation, and a common approach between the political forces and a positive atmosphere. The international community is interested in Iraq's stability due to its economic role and great investment opportunities."
He continued, "There is an Arab welcome to Iraq's pivotal role in the region, and terrorism has ended, and we need regional and international support for Iraq's political, security and development project," pointing out that "the government's ministerial program received international acclaim, according to what Prime Minister Muhammad Shia'a al-Sudani found during his foreign visits."
He stressed the need to expedite the approval of the budget to implement the ministerial program and start strategic projects.
The President of the Republic pointed out that "the relationship between the federal government and the Kurdistan region is good, and we support its strengthening, and the oil and gas law will be enacted soon and will be a prelude to the agreement between Baghdad and Erbil," noting that "there is a tendency to solve the problem of Kirkuk and the areas covered by Article 140, and we are optimistic about finding solutions."
Regarding the situation in the region, he stressed that "there is seriousness between the two parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union, to solve the outstanding problems in the Kurdistan region, and the State Administration Coalition supports ending them, and we may conduct visits in support of the dialogues."
Regarding political differences, the President of the Republic saw that "the negative media and communication sites deepen the problems between the political forces and talk about security problems, while in reality 90% of Iraq's regions enjoy stability and there are no major security problems, and the media should focus on Iraq's stability and its development steps."
With regard to the water file, he pointed out, "The upstream countries must provide fair water shares for Iraq, and that good quantities flow to support the reality of agriculture in Iraq, as well as the marshes. Irrigation networks in Iraq must be improved because the channels are not lined and cause a great waste of water."
He stressed that "Iraq has ambitious plans to build dams to store water and projects to stop waste."
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