The Cabinet held its regular weekly meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mr. Adil Abd Al-Mahdi. It approved:

  • the recommendation of the Ministerial Energy Council on the service contract for Al-Mansuriyah oil field in Diyala province;
  • a draft law on public-private partnership to strengthen cooperation between government agencies and the private sector;
  • the draft agreement between the Republic of Iraq and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of tax evasion’
  • measures to meet the requirements of elections to provincial councils outside the Kurdistan Region of Iraq;
  • recommendations for development of the Safwan border crossing between Iraq and Kuwait in Basra province.

(Source: Govt of Iraq)

By John Lee.

Kuwait will reportedly fund the reconstruction of a major border crossing with Iraq.

According to Anadolu Agency, Iraq’s Border Crossing Authority said a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the two countries to prepare the infrastructure for the crossing at Safwan.

(Source: Anadolu Agency)

By John Lee.

Three Iraqi civilians were reportedly killed on Wednesday when a booby-trapped truck exploded near the Kuwaiti border in Iraq.

The Kuwaiti news agency KUNA quoted a local Iraqi official as saying that the explosion happened at a garage near the main road about 12 km (7.5 miles) north of the Safwan border crossing.

Iraqi authorities have been enforcing heightened security measures at the port of Umm Qasr, where no large vehicles are allowed in or out, police sources said.

(Source: Reuters)

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