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09-22-2023 | 09:53
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Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani confirmed today, Friday, that the water issue represents an existential challenge in Iraq, while pointing out that competition in the political process is taking place today in accordance with constitutional mechanisms.
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Al-Sudani said, during the dialogue session he held at the American Council on Foreign Relations, on the sidelines of his visit to New York, “We went through a painful experience in confronting terrorism, starting with Al-Qaeda and ending with ISIS, but after the victory over ISIS, we lived a new beginning in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.],” pointing out that “ The battle against ISIS united Iraqis of all sects and components, which made us move beyond the sectarian, nationalist and ethnic discourse that affected stability.”
He saw that “competition in the political process is taking place today according to constitutional mechanisms, and there are those who go to the federal court or participate in the elections, and this is a healthy sign of the stability of the political system,” indicating that the constitution “established the mechanisms necessary to make the amendment, and it is available and possible for anyone who wishes to amend according to Constitutional paths,” noting that “there are fears for some components about returning to the presidential system.”
He continued: “We do not deny the existence of relations of some political forces with countries in the region, some of which go back to the period before the change, or what happened later in terms of countries’ support for the political process,” stressing by saying: “We do not accept any external party to be a party to bring about change in the entity of the political process.” ".
Al-Sudani added: “We went through a difficult stage after the 2021 elections, but everyone adhered to the constitutional contexts and we concluded a political agreement to form the government, which is a sign of maturity in the political process,” calling for “a distinction between the positive relationship with neighboring countries and the negative relationship that reaches the stage of intervention.” And every transgression and aggression against [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is rejected by any party.”
He stressed, saying: “All countries, including America, if they want to establish relations with [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], must respect the sovereignty of the country and the will of its people.”
He pointed out that ““[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is a country of components that have lived an atmosphere of peace .” "For many years, trying to penetrate its social fabric will not create stability."
He stated that “reforming the economic reality is one of the important challenges, which requires diversifying the economy and not adopting economic unilateralism,” noting that “the needs of the Iraqis are increasing with their population growth and oil revenues cannot cover them,” revealing “a vision for economic reform through which we work to invest Wasted resources are directed to vital sectors, such as agriculture, industry, trade and tourism.”
The Prime Minister explained, “The development road project, Al-Faw port, and the rest of the projects associated with it, will change the shape of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] with a new and diversified economic face,” stressing, “The importance of investing in associated gas is to address our environmental problems as well, and we signed agreements to produce electricity from solar energy up to (2,500) megawatts.” ".
Al-Sudani also said, “Most of the parties that will participate in the upcoming elections are emerging parties.”
He added, "The theft of the century involved leaders from the highest decision-making centers in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], and senior officials from the previous government were involved, and arrest warrants were issued for them. Some of those accused of the theft of the century are in the United States and hold American and British citizenship, and we await the assistance of these countries in retrieving them." Considering that "Iraqis establish their relations with countries based on their response in handing over those wanted for the theft of the century, and our government will continue to pursue them and subject them to justice, regardless of their positions."
He pointed out that "more than 3 trillion dinars were stolen in full view of the previous government, with its security services at the highest levels, and the largest percentage of this money went to banks outside [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], and we are working to recover the remainder inside [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]."
He considered, "The Iraqi decision is a national decision that does not implement the wishes of America, Iran, or Turkey, and it is a decision based on the interests of our people."
Al-Sudani pointed out that "drugs enter from [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] due to the presence of areas outside the state's control, and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], Jordan, and even the Gulf states suffer from them."
He stressed, "There is no political crisis between Baghdad and the Iraqi Kurdistan region, but rather financial legal problems that have been overcome through dialogue and understanding, and the region is a key actor in the political process, and an important part of our economic projects that benefit the Iraqis."
He continued: “We are currently studying a strategic water management project, the first of its kind in the history of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], in order to make optimal use of it,” considering that “the water issue represents an existential challenge in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], and the crisis coincided with the projects of upstream countries that affected our water shares, and there is diplomatic work.” Intensive with neighboring countries,” noting the work “on the Gulf water desalination project to provide water to Basra and the rest of the southern governorates.”
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