Baghdad (NINA)- Tuesday newspapers mainly focused hosting Premier Nouri al-Maliki in parliament last Monday, developments of the agreement reached between the Sadr Trend and the United Iraqi Alliance and Mosul operations.
Maliki in parliament
Al-Sabah said the package of strategic projects submitted by Premier Nouri al-Maliki during his attendance in last Monday's parliamentary session, has gained "wide support" by the parliament chairmanship and members. The proposed projects would cover developing the sectors of education, electricity, oil, health, railways and others. The five-year development plan, suggested by al-Maliki, includes also sending 10,000 Iraqi students on scholarships abroad and increasing the oil production rate to 6-8 million barrels/day. The paper added that the parliament's attitude coincided with parliamentary sources' indications that next week will witness holding talks between political leaders and President George Bush, during an expected visit by the latter to the country.
Al-Mada quoted the Sadr Trend's spokesman Salah al-Ubaydi as saying that the Trend's leader Muqtada al-Sadr has welcomed the agreement made with the United Iraqi Alliance's delegation to end armed clashes in Sadr City of Baghdad, asserting that al-Sadr has authorized the Sadrist delegation to hold negotiations and any agreement that "ensures ending Iraqis' blood shedding."
Al-Mu'tamar said that the US military announced in a statement last Monday killing three gunmen during US forces' clashes with gunmen in Sadr City on the first day of applying the ceasefire agreement. The paper quoted security sources as reporting that at least two people were killed and a further 25 wounded during lashes late on Saturday and Sunday nights.
Over the developments of the agreement concluded to end Sadr City tensions, Addustour said that the United Iraqi Alliance's MP Hayder al-Ebadi has announced adding sub-articles to the 14 articles of the agreement, including the halt of propaganda campaigns, especially accusations against the governments and forming committees to receive Sadr locals' complaints in case of violations committed by security forces. "If mortars launched from Sadr City stopped to fall on Baghdad districts, then there would be no need for military actions," Ebadi noted, adding that after the four-day truce, security forces will deploy in all Sadr City neighbourhoods, and should not face any resistance.
Azzaman quoted Abdullatif Rayan, a media Advisor of the Multi-National Force, as saying that the US military presence in Sadr City aims to support the Iraqi forces, and that the US forces will withdraw upon the Iraqi government's request.
Al-Muwatin quoted Khisru Goran, deputy of Nineveh provincial governor, as saying that troops' reinforcements have reached Nineveh from mid-Iraq provinces, sent by the ministries of defence and interior to participate in Operation Lion Roar that started last Saturday, adding that the operations will be conducted with security coordination with Kurdistan region's authorities. /End/