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The Arab Parliamentary Union approves Iraq’s objection to including the ‘principle of the two-state solution’ in the conference decisions and decides to remove it from the final statement

Baghdad, The Arab Parliamentary Union agreed, today, Monday, to Iraq’s objection to including in the conference decisions the ‘principle of the two-state solution’ and decided to remove it from the final statement.

A statement by the media office of the Acting Speaker of the House of Representatives stated that the Arab Parliamentary Union agreed, today, Monday, to the objection of the Iraqi House of Representatives delegation to include in the conference decisions (the principle of the two-state solution), and decided to remove it from the final statement of the 36th conference of the Union, which was held in Algeria for the period May 26-27 – 2024.

According to the statement, during the closing session, the former presidency of the Arab Parliamentary Union, represented by the presidency of the Parliamentary Division of the Republic of Iraq, was honored, where a medal and shield were presented to Mohsen Al-Mandalawi, the Acting Speaker of the House of Representatives, in appreciation of his efforts made du
ring the period when Iraq assumed the presidency of the Union.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

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Al-Hakim stresses the importance of implementing the agreements concluded with Turkey according to specific work schedules and timetables

Baghdad, Head of the National Wisdom Movement, Ammar Al-Hakim, stressed the importance of implementing the agreements concluded with Turkey according to specific work schedules and timetables.

During his meeting with the Turkish Ambassador to Baghdad, Ali Reza Gunani, Al-Hakim appreciated his efforts during his period as head of his country’s mission to strengthen bilateral relations, wishing him success in his upcoming duties.

He stressed the importance of implementing the agreements concluded between the two countries according to specific work schedules and timetables.

He also highlighted the importance of the development path and Turkey’s presence in it as a link between East and West and an important corridor for international trade.

He also stressed the importance of investing in Iraqi openness to its regional and international surroundings

Al-Hakim stressed the importance of consolidating relations with neighboring Turkey due to the common issues between the two sides.

Regarding the Gaza file, Al
-Hakim was surprised by the international silence over the massacres committed against the Palestinians, especially in besieged Gaza, calling for an immediate ceasefire, the entry of aid, relief for the displaced, and the reconstruction of the city.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

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Turkish FM: the time has come for the Security Council to recognize the State of Palestine after it received recognition from 150 countries

Istanbul, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan confirmed that the UN Security Council must recognize the State of Palestine, which has been recognized by 150 countries so far.

Fidan said in a press statement after participating in meetings on Palestine in Brussels yesterday, Sunday: The recognition of Palestine by Spain, Norway, Ireland and Slovenia as a state, and the increase in the number of countries that recognize Palestine to 150, is extremely important and requires the UN Security Council to recognize the state of Palestine, and this is a requirement of international law and humanitarian conscience.

Fidan indicated that he participated in three important meetings on Palestine in Brussels, organized by the European Union countries and the Islamic Contact Group regarding Palestine, stressing that it was an important series of meetings in terms of efforts made to raise the level of awareness about Palestine.

The Turkish Foreign Minister stressed that the international community’s sympathy and support f
or the Palestinian cause is gradually increasing and that he felt this in the meetings in Brussels.

Regarding Turkey’s position regarding Palestine, Fidan said, “Although we appreciate the international support provided to the Palestinian Authority since the Oslo Accords, what is most important is not only supporting Palestine, but granting it a state that enjoys complete freedom and sovereignty.”

He stressed that when this is achieved, the Palestinian economy will also naturally improve.

He pointed out that the agenda of the second meeting was more strategic, and Fidan explained that what could be done practically regarding the path to establishing a Palestinian state was appropriated and that the world is well aware of the problem in both Gaza and Ramallah, and they mentioned that they discussed how to move forward after adopting the two-state solution.

He said that the answer to this question was sought with the countries participating in the meeting, stressing the importance of recognizing Palestine a
s a state, especially by 4 European countries recently.

He added: The recognition of Palestine by Spain, Norway, Ireland and Slovenia as a state, and thus the increase in the number of countries that recognize Palestine to 150, is extremely important.

He stressed that Turkey believes that it is imperative for the UN Security Council to recognize the State of Palestine, since the number of recognizing countries has reached 150, stressing that “this is a requirement of international law and the human conscience.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

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Al-Mandalawi confirms that Iraq will spare no effort to support the Palestinian cause and stop the war of annihilation to which it is being subjected

Baghdad, The Acting Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mohsen Al-Mandalawi, confirmed today, Monday, that Iraq will spare no effort to support the Palestinian cause, stop the war of genocide, and lift the siege and historical injustice imposed on the Palestinian people. .

A statement by his media office said that Al-Mandalawi attended the closing session of the thirty-sixth conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, which was held at the International Conference Center in Algeria.

During his speech at the conclusion of the conference, the Acting Speaker of the House of Representatives offered his sincere condolences and sympathy to the Islamic Republic of Iran on the passing of its President, Ebrahim Raisi, and his fellow senior officials in the plane accident, calling on Arab governments and parliaments to make every effort to support the Palestinian brothers.

Al-Mandalawi appreciated the efforts of all Arab parliaments in supporting and assisting Iraq during his term as president of the Unio
n during the previous session, calling on all Arab brothers to provide all kinds of support to Ibrahim Bou Ghali during his current presidency of the Arab Parliamentary Union, wishing all success in his new mission.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

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Al-Mandalawi and the parliamentary delegation accompanying him return to Baghdad after participating in the 36th conference of the Arab Parliamentary Union in Algeria.

Baghdad, Acting Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mohsen Al-Mandalawi, and the parliamentary delegation accompanying him returned, this Monday evening, to Baghdad, after a two-day official visit, to participate in the work of the Thirty-Sixth Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, which was held in Algeria for the period 26-27 May.

According to a statement by his media office, Al-Mandalawi delivered Iraq’s speech at the conference, and also held bilateral meetings and consultative meetings with the heads of Arab councils and delegations, and was honored by the Union in appreciation of his efforts during the period of Iraq’s presidency, while the parliamentary delegation participated in the work of the committees and presented a number of proposals that were included in the final statement.’

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

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The President of the Republic Assures the Chinese Ambassador of Iraq’s Keenness to Strengthen Bilateral Relations and the Necessity of Joint Work to Develop Them

Baghdad, The President of the Republic, Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid, met at the Baghdad Palace today, Monday, with the Chinese Ambassador to Iraq, Cui Wei.

During the meeting, the President stressed, according to a statement by the Presidency of the Republic, the keenness to strengthen Iraqi-Chinese relations and the necessity of joint work in order to develop and consolidate them, indicating the importance of benefiting from China’s experiences and expertise in the fields of industry, environment, agriculture and energy.

He pointed to security and economic stability and its positive repercussions on building, reconstruction and investment plans, stressing Iraq’s desire to maintain communication and build good relations with neighboring countries and the world.

For his part, the Chinese ambassador renewed his country’s support for Iraq’s efforts to maintain its security and stability, and to continue working to enhance and develop the prospects for cooperation and joint work between the two friendly countries
and peoples.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

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FINANCE COMMITTEE SESSION KICKS OFF TO DISCUSS SYRIAN REFUGEE DOSSIER


The Finance and Budget Committee, chaired by MP Ibrahim Kanaan, convened on Monday with the attendance of Acting Minister of the Displaced, Issam Charafeddine.

The session focused on discussing two legislative proposals: one concerning the regulation of the legal status of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and another regarding the organization of temporary residence and deportation procedures for Syrian refugees.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

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Al-Sudani chairs a special meeting to follow up on the localization of the salaries of Kurdistan Region employees

Al-Sudani chairs a special meeting to follow up on the localization of the salaries of Kurdistan Region employees

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FINANCE AND BUDGET COMMITTEE ADVANCES LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN LEBANON


The Finance and Budget Committee, under the chairmanship of MP Ibrahim Kanaan, on Monday convened to review two legislative proposals aimed at regulating the legal status of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The session included the proposed law for organizing temporary residency and deportation processes for Syrian refugees. The meeting was attended by Caretaker Ministers Issam Charafeddine of Displaced Persons and Hector Hajjar of Social Affairs, alongside several MPs and senior officials.

Post-session, Kanaan announced, “We approved the proposal setting a three to nine-month period to regularize the status of those who entered Lebanon illegally. All interactions between General Security and the UNHCR will be regulated under this law within specified deadlines. General Security will have the authority to accept or reject applications. The maximum period for regularization will involve seeking asylum in a third country, with the UNHCR coordinating with the government and General Security in accordance with intern
ational agreements.”

Kanaan also noted that the committee had adopted amendments from the Administration and Justice Committee, with a minor adjustment to Article 6, changing “General Security Directorate may issue necessary instructions to the UNHCR” to “General Security Directorate shall issue,” making compliance mandatory.

Article 7 prohibits individuals who entered illegally from applying for asylum with the UNHCR after two months.

Article 8 requires the UNHCR to weekly submit asylum applications with original documents to General Security’s special categories division.

Article 10 allows General Security to issue a three-month temporary movement permit to asylum seekers pending UNHCR’s decision.

Violators of the permit conditions face imprisonment of one week to three months and fines ranging from three to ten times the official minimum wage.

Addressing the rationale behind these measures, Kanaan stated, “Without stringent penalties, specific timeframes, and cooperation between the government and UN
HCR, these regulations would be ineffective. Both the Finance and Budget and the Administration and Justice Committees are aligned, and the proposal will proceed to the General Assembly as there are no discrepancies between the committees.”

He emphasized the importance of a legislative session to finalize these laws, which are crucial for addressing the financial, economic, demographic, and security impacts of the unregulated presence of refugees.

Moreover, Kanaan confirmed that non-compliant refugees would be deported after the stipulated grace period for legal status regularization. “Lebanon is not a free-for-all land. The government’s responsibility is to enforce laws related to refugees strictly. The number of refugees now exceeds half the Lebanese population, and it’s imperative to apply these laws. Failing to do so is a greater crime against Lebanon.”

Kanaan finally concluded by urging the UNHCR to adhere to international agreements and Lebanese laws. “Waiting for the international community to resol
ve our issues is futile. The more we ease their burden, the more they will prefer to keep the refugees in Lebanon. It is our priority to address this situation independently.”

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

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German FM: The ruling of the International Court of Justice is binding and must be respected

Baghdad , German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announced today, Monday, before a meeting of European Union ministers, that the ruling of the International Court of Justice urging Israel to stop the war with Gaza is binding and must be respected.

Baerbock said: ‘No Israeli hostage will be freed if more residents are forced to take refuge in tents, and international humanitarian law applies to everyone, as well as to Israel’s practices in war and its commission of genocide crimes.’

The International Court of Justice had ordered Israel to immediately stop its military attack on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, and to open the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aid, and said that Israel must submit a report on the measures taken within a month.

For his part, the President of the International Court of Justice, Lebanese Judge Nawaf Salam, affirmed that ‘the living conditions of the residents of Gaza are deteriorating and the humanitarian situation has become catastrophic,’ noting that ‘the humanitarian situa
tion in Rafah has deteriorated further since the court’s last decision, and Israel must refrain from any actions that pose a threat to the Palestinians.”

The judge stated that ‘the temporary measures taken do not fully address the consequences of the changed situation,’ stressing that ‘the circumstances require changing our decision issued on March 28,’ and that Israel must stop its military attack on Rafah, after the court considered that the conditions were met to take new emergency measures in the case of accusing Israel of genocide in the Gaza Strip.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency