5-20-13 Arthur: MY KURD CONTACT IS TELLING ME THIS MORNING THAT AN ENTIRE DELEGATION OF WASHINGTON OFFICIALS HAVE LANDED IN IRAQ. THEY WERE TOLD ANOTHER LARGE ONE IS ON THE WAY.
THEY WERE TOLD THAT THEY ARE THERE TO IMPLEMENT THE STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT AND TO SUPPORT DEMOCRATIC AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN IRAQ. LOOKS LIKE TO US SOMETHING IS HAPPENING.
WE WILL KEEP AN EYE ON THIS DEVELOPMENT AND REPORT OUR FINDINGS.
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5-20-13 Trinity: It sounds like they are making a lot of headway toward Chp 7 removal. Not much left to accomplish according to this report. Great news for Iraq and if true will gain them credibility and respect among the international community and United Nations, who has held Iraq under their thumb for years in order to control them.
Even though it seems like we are very close to seeing these sanctions lifted, it could still take a few months. I could be wrong and certainly do hope I am but the bottom line is it's only a matter of time. IMHO.
5-20-13 SWFloridaGuy: The continued negotiations and ongoing training for accession is further evidence that they are getting ready to make the necessary reforms to have a convertible currency, which is a requirement.
The Finance Committee already told us they are looking to return the value to previous levels which coincides with the WTO negotiations.
Iraq's accession to WTO will strengthen their economy, help to kick start industrial institutions and give them the opportunity to play a more efficacious role in the global economy, which will benefit both parties.
In the future it is inevitable (short of a civil war) that they will become active and influential in the international economy.
5-20-13 TD: Our PTB Iraqi contact informed us of the following information to share in Dinarland : "As reported previously by other intel providers, this is truly quite a complex puzzle to put together with SO MANY entities to satisfy.
Creative financing of this complex transaction has yielded excellent progress during this weekend in Iraq. All parties involved are now content with the receipts due to them, this involves funds, oil redemption, other commodities, etc.
WE ARE NOW THREE SIGNATURES AWAY FROM THIS TAKING PLACE: Maliki, The OBAMA Administration AND China. The first two seem to be in the bag. Iraq is under tremendous domestic pressure.
The China delegation is to present the offer to their Ruling Party members on Monday. If they are on board then we should see a graduation post...within hours or just few days.