The first parliamentary objection to the agreement of Abdul-Mahdi – Rouhani: great damage will hit Iraq!

The first parliamentary objection to the agreement of Abdul-Mahdi – Rouhani: great damage will hit Iraq!

03.20.2019 13:38

The first parliamentary objection to the agreement of Abdul-Mahdi - Rouhani - great damage will hit IraqBaghdad today – Baghdad

A member of the Security and Defense Committee, Abdul Khaliq al-Azzawi, said on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, that Iran is the only beneficiary of the agreement to open the free market on the Iraqi-Iranian border, which was signed after a meeting between Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and Iranian President Hassan Rowhani during the latter’s visit to Baghdad .

Al-Azzawi said in an interview with “Baghdad today”, “The parliament has not yet seen the terms of the agreement, and will arrive on Sunday fully after the return of official working in parliament , ” noting that “according to information received, the agreement included the opening of a free market on the border Between Iraq and Iran, and this will not be useful to Iraq and will cause great damage to its economy because the Iranian goods are in most of its cities, and we are a country is not productive and we do not have what we export to Iran. ”

“Iraq is a consumer country, not a productive one, and the only beneficiary of opening the border except the merchants is Iran,” he said.

The director-general of the Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce, Syed Hamid Hosseini, disclosed on Saturday (March 16, 2019) the files agreed upon by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani during his recent visit to Iraq.

Hosseini, who accompanied Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on his recent visit to Iraq, said: “The visit has achieved achievements that exceeded our expectations. What we thought was to achieve during one visit what we had been trying to achieve over the years, for which the Iraqis had not cooperated in the past, Water Shatt al-Arab and the Algiers agreement. ”

“The Iraqi side agreed to engage with Iran in negotiations on the possibility of giving Iran what he called preferential tariff,” which he said would be “in Iran’s favor.”

At the same time, he stressed that “Iran and Iraq decided to cancel the issuance of visas for their nationals in both countries.”

Hosseini stressed that “the Iraqis agreed to provide facilities to Iran in terms of land transport and the use of Iraq as a bridge to transit goods imported to Iran,” explaining that “this will be facilitated, as promised by the Iraqi side, in the event of Iraq’s accession to the Convention Geneva Convention of 1975 on International Terrain Transport (TIR Carnets) .

According to the Iranian official, “it was agreed on all these things, but there are still details are not clear and is being discussed,” he said.

Husseini talked about Iraq’s debts and the method of payment and bank transfers, explaining that “Iran exports to Iraq electricity equivalent to 4 to 5 million dollars of electricity per day.”

“During the visit of the President of the Central Bank of Iran, Abdel Nasser Hamati, former Iraq, this issue was addressed and a bank account was opened in euros and dinars, and some of these debts have already been paid to Iran,” he said.

He continued: “Iraq’s total debt owed to Iran is about 1.5 billion dollars and 200 million of them have been paid, and the rest will be paid later, and this will have a positive impact on the currency market in Iran.”