Baghdad - political editor

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Head of the National Iraqi Alliance, Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim, linked launching the national settlement project date with the moment of announcing victory, called for making the national settlement based on the principle of concessions, mutual guarantees and reassurances, hoped that it will be a national settlement from everyone to everyone, hard experiences had proved that Iraqis has nothing more valuable than their unity and their Iraq, and considered the national victory is that day where Iraqis are equal in rights and duties and accept each other without a complexities, sensitivities and narrowed calculations, Iraq encompasses everyone and the unity of Iraq remains valuable. His eminence indicated understanding aspirations, stated \"we also believe in one country that we all live on as Arab, Kurds, Turkmans, Shabak, Muslims, Christians, Mandaens, Yazidiz, Sunnis and Shiites \", and wondered “who said that division will make stable entities in a troubled world where the big swallows the small?! Who said that the rights of peoples are attained through the division of countries?! And Addressed the Iraqi Kurds, saying: \"To our brothers in homeland and Iraqi identity in Kurdistan, we say that your presence with us is not only a complementary to the parts of one body, but you are part of the spirit of this homeland and Iraq will remain large with all its people, nationalities and religions and sects, Iraq is that bouquet of flowers that have all these flowers emitting with pleasant scents “, and called to protect the unity of Iraq and consolidate democracy and mend what is corrupted of it, and that everyone are free, living in dignity and will, under this pure sky and on this good giving land.

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This was in the sermon of the Eid al-Fitr prayer in Baghdad Monday 26/6/2017.

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We urge the security authorities to focus on intelligence and change patterns

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His eminence warned of the hidden terrorism and its challenges that still exist and require continue work with the same momentum and enthusiasm but with new priorities that commensurate with the security nature of the battle, called for the adding expertise and mobilizing of energies and excellence in the new page of the battle, as Iraqis were distinguished on the first page of confrontation, urged country\'s security leaders to focus on intelligence aspect, move away from the strategy of exhausting armed forces deployed in cities, change the work pattern in the checkpoints and inspection points, and that the Ministry of the Interior take its role in activating its forces and divisions, plus organize work the Baghdad operations leadership and in the provinces, additionally, his eminence emphasized on the need for great work and perseverance in order to consolidate the security situation and provide psychological serenity to the citizens at the same time, pointed that \" great victories call upon us to support security leaders and ask them to focus on controlling performance and behavior of their officers, because keeping success is more difficult than achieving it, and they should keep the image formed in the minds of our people and protect it from distortion and deviation. \"

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It is very important to remove the militarization of society and clear cities and neighborhoods from military headquarters

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His eminence stressed on removing militarization of society, and it is important and necessary to clear cities and residential neighborhoods from military headquarters, prevent inconvenience to people and prevent abuses through utilizing military uniforms and military vehicles. His eminence counted performance control and removing militarization from the community the most important duties of security leaders and popular mobilization forces leaders in the next phase, and addressed them, \"You are signs of honor, and you are the men of the homeland and the protectors, let your name be high, pure, unyielding, and not touched by suspicions, strike without hesitation, anyone who tries to exploit your name for his narrow personal interests.\"

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Services are the next challenge … Baghdad and liberated areas at the top of priorities

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His eminence stressed the importance of the services to be a priority in the next phase, expressed regret for the Baghdad suffering from negligence and the deteriorated services that need special allocations, distinctive support, advanced plans and high coordination between the governorate and the mayoralty of the capital Baghdad and other ministries of the country to develop Baghdad to the acceptable and appropriate level considering its history and heritage.

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His eminence stated “This is the capital of Iraq and here is its gate to the world, here is the symbol of the country and the address of the nation”, and called on all mayors and ministries to launch joint services programs for the provinces and Baghdad, programs away from the classic procedures and bureaucratic methods, and to start from Baghdad where more than 7 million Iraqis live, as any successful effort made in Baghdad will be easier to pass to other provinces. His eminence indicated \"Baghdad is calling us and demands that we rise up for it and work on its services, because the service conditions in the capital had reached a level that cannot be tolerated, let our start to improve services from Baghdad immediately after concluding the victory battle”.

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We need humanitarian, economic, service, medical and cultural mobilization

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Regarding the liberated areas, his eminence felt that the government should work in a graceful and direct manner to rebuild the destroyed cities (hand fighting, liberating, and a hand supporting and building), invest international aid in an efficient and economical manner, using the expertise of countries that have experienced similar conditions and suffered the ravages of devastating wars. His eminence emphasized the need for generalizing the popular mobilization forces successful experience and form “humanitarian mobilization units to care for the families of martyrs, the wounded, whom sacrificed, the vulnerable and the poor, and health mobilization units, for instance each doctor allocates hours of his weekly work agenda for providing free medical services to the impoverished segment of people, and services mobilization units by turning the concept of service into a general concept that all individually practice, and economic mobilization units at which everyone participate in reviving the economy and develop it for the commonweal, and science mobilization units that scientists present their capabilities and skills, talents and innovations to develop the country, and cultural mobilization units in which elites and intellectuals work to spread sound cultural, religious and social values and so on in all other domains”.

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Corruption is a scourge ravaging the state and society and the corruption of Mafias became monsters devouring societyHis eminence stated that the joy of Eid and the joy of victory remain incomplete as we suffer from the scourge of corruption that ravages the state and society, pollutes values and tramples principles, the mafia of corruption has turned into monsters devouring the society, devouring public money and poisoning the country\'s joints and crippling its potentials, pointed out that the most dangerous of all is that corruption and corrupt people have become \"skilled in discrediting honest people, at which good is confused with the bad. His eminence indicated “corruption does is not fought by accusations, but by evidence and proof and the beating heads of corruption who are proved to be corrupted, because accusations and falsifications without evidence is another form of corruption that corrupts hide behind, his eminence pointed out the accusations against the governor of Basra, and pointed out that the Shaheed Al-Mihrab Movement had formed a high level committee to study and investigate the allegations and analyze the evidence and then submitted all information and files to the Integrity Commission in the belief that strengthening the state and its institutions is the first and most important step in the fight against corruption. Now the ethical and patriotic responsibility is shouldered by chairman of integrity commission and his team without any interference from the movement, and assured the movement seriousness and determination to do full duty regarding this case, and waiting for results, and if governor of Basra is innocence, the movement is committed to defend him and if convicted, law should take its course of action, his eminence stressed that there is no political cover for anyone proved to be corrupted regardless of his level, this is true for Shahid al-Mihrab Movement members who hold positions in the state and are responsible for public money or those who assume political missions. His eminence described corruption as the most damaging lesion, a threat similar to terrorism and more harming to the society ethics, It is the internal enemy that stabs in the back and betrayals, therefore victory is complete when Iraqis overcome ignorance, unemployment and dependency. His eminence indicated that developing economics is an important aspect during the upcoming phase, and stated \"The government has made commendable efforts in this turf, but what is required is much greater and needs qualitative investment in encouraging investment, training workforce and supporting national products\", and counted economic development a pillar for national sovereignty, social advancement and provision of a livelihood level that is appropriate for Iraqis, and also called for spreading the national product value, even minimally for light and medium industries at this stage and in accordance with the nature of the needs of Iraq, the state should exit the vestiges of the industry and give possibilities to private sector to produce, manage, market, develop and the state should limit its responsibility to protection and legislation of laws and regulations away from bureaucracy and centralization that stifles creativity and disrupt production.

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A repeated call for an Iraqi-Turkish-Iranian-Saudi-Egyptian dialogueHis eminence felt that Regional and Arab differences, no matter how complicated, must be driven to areas of solution where mutual understanding and commonalities are, breaking down policy between region countries will end up in vain, his eminence cited the diverse Europe and after two bloody world wars it settled only by sitting at the table of interests and commonalities  and then bitter foes  became closest allies, his eminence wondered why we do not understand the lessons of history and why we do not respect the laws of geography, this Gulf today is our inner lake and it is important that the peoples of the Gulf on both shores sides enjoy security, stability, progress and prosperity? His eminence warned continuing tumult policy that burned hundreds of billions of dollars, destroyed wealth, countries and displaced peoples, and if all of what was lost was invested to build the nation and develop communities we would have present the world a unique experience and we would have lived in a region that represents the heart of the world and contains half of its energy reserves. His eminence repeated his call to a regional table where the big bothers would sit around (Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iraq) and put wisdom and reason at the top of their negotiating agenda and begin to discuss all areas of engagement and intersected interests and to respect the orientations of countries and their policies, sovereignty and develop a roadmap for relations between them for the coming decades.