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PM Arrives In Tehran

Baghdad, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi arrived in Tehran on an official visit to Iran at the head of a ministerial delegation. “

He was received, at the airport by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. “

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Iranian Ambassador: Abdul Mahdi Will Attend The Third Economic Forum Between Iraqi And Iranian Traders In Tehran

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi will attend the third economic meeting between Iraqi and Iranian traders in Tehran on Sunday, the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi said.

He added in a statement “The delegation accompanied Abdul Mahdi will include the ministers of transport, foreign affairs, oil, finance, water resources, planning, electricity, Under-Secretary of the Interior, National Security Advisor, Chief of Staff of the Army, head of border crossings , some of the MPs as well as the President of the Iraqi engineers, and the President of the Federation of Iraqi traders.

He noted that the visit will last for two days and Adel Abdul-Mahdi will attend, on Sunday, the third economic forum between Iraqi and Iranians traders in Tehran. “

It is mentioned that Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi arrives in Tehran this morning, on a two-day official visit to Iran at the head of ministerial delegation.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

The Foreign Minister meets with his Iranian counterpart in Tehran

BAGHDAD Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Jawad Dhareif discussed issues of common concern.

“The Iraqi Foreign Minister met with his Iranian counterpart in Tehran today to discuss issues of mutual interest between the two countries,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi arrived in Tehran on Saturday morning accompanied by a high-level political and economic delegation at the invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency


House Speaker, Nabih Berri, winded up his official visit to Iraq by holding a series of meetings with high ranking Iraqi officials at his residence at the Iraqi Premiership’s Deyafa Dar in Baghdad.

In this framework, Speaker Berri met with the head of the “Parliamentary National Axis” bloc Ahmed al-Jubouri, who described his meeting with the Speaker as “positive and significant.”

Al Jubouri also deemed Berri as a moderate statesman working for the welfare of the Arab nations.

The Speaker also received a delegation of the “Sadrist Movement” politburo delegation, led by Dr. Nassar al-Rubaie, with talks reportedly touching on the situation in Iraq and the bilateral relations.

Berri later met with former Iraqi Prime Minister, head of the “National Alliance” Ayad Allawi, at the top of a delegation.

Talks reportedly touched on most recent developments in the region and cooperation between the two countries.


Former Spy Valerie Plame Eyes Run for US Congress

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Former CIA operative, author and activist Valerie Plame said Friday she is considering a 2020 run for an open U.S. congressional seat in New Mexico.

Plame told The Associated Press she is spending time with residents and will make a decision soon. The seat is currently held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Rey Lujan, who is stepping down to run for U.S. Senate.

“Right now, I am going around and meeting with people,” said Plame, a Democrat. “I have a lot to learn and I would like another opportunity to serve my country.”

Plame became a national figure after her identity as a CIA operative was leaked by an official in President George W. Bush’s administration in 2003 in an effort to discredit her then-husband Joe Wilson.

Wilson is a former diplomat who criticized Bush’s decision to invade Iraq. Plame left the agency in 2005.

Plame says she’d be honored to represent the sprawling district, which covers all of northern New Mexico, parts of the Navajo Nation and a large portion of state’s east side.

She would face several Democratic contenders if she decides to run. State Rep. Joseph Sanchez and businessman Mark McDonald have already announced they are candidates and Santa Fe District Attorney Marco Serna is considering a bid.

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, however, was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak. President Donald Trump issued a full pardon to Libby last year.

In 2017, the Wilsons launched an unsuccessful crowdfunding effort to buy Twitter so Trump couldn’t use it. At the time, Plame said if she didn’t get enough to purchase a majority of shares, she would explore options to buy “a significant stake” and champion the proposal at Twitter’s annual shareholder meeting. Plame and Wilson divorced later that year.

Plame is the author of the memoir “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.”

The book was made into a 2010 movie starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.

Source: Voice of America

Expo Centre Shajrah to conclude 46th Watch & Jewellery Middle East Show tomorrow

SHARJAH, Boosting its status as the most popular jewellery show in the region, the 46th Watch & Jewellery Middle East Show will successfully conclude tomorrow (Saturday) with a fantastic five-day run at Expo Centre Sharjah.

The 30,000-square-metre show has attracted more than 500 local and international companies and brands representing in excess of 20 countries from around the world.

The spring edition of the largest and long-running event of its kind has witnessed an impressive participation of leading manufacturers, designers and traders of jewellery and watches from India, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Lebanon, as well as major companies and prominent brands from the United Kingdom, Japan, Russia, the United States, Latvia, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Jordan, Bahrain, Turkey, along with dozens of UAE companies.

For the first time since its launch 25 years ago, Canada took part in the event, in which India had the largest pavilion of all participating countries, showcasing the season’s most exquisite and intricately crafted jewellery creations, followed by obviously Hong Kong pavilion, which exhibited exhibiting latest designs in Gold, Diamond and gems.

The third biggest pavilion was Italy followed by Lebanon, Thailand, Turkey respectively and last but not the least Singapore & Japan, showcasing new & unique designer jewellery. The UAE has also had an exceptional presence with the participation of leading jewelers including Cara Jewellers , Dhakan Jewellers , DANI by Daniel K.

Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah, stressed that the participating countries expressed their satisfaction with the high turnout witnessed by the 46th edition, adding that Expo Centre Sharjah will never spare any effort to enhance the show’s leading position locally, regionally and internationally.

“We are doing our best to further promote the exhibition’s reputation as one of the region’s largest and most prominent events of its kind specialized in designing, manufacturing and trading of jewellery, gold, watches, diamonds, precious stones and pearls,” Al Midfa said.

Source: Emirates News Agency