Highlights from Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s weekly press conference .

Highlights from Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s weekly press conference .

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Our forces are pressing ahead and are sweeping the upper Euphrates and Aljazeera regions in western Anbar. These areas were not under the control of the state since 2003. We will declare the final victory the Iraqi people expect

We instructed that rescue efforts are undertaken, and that the necessary precautions are taken. We reassure our citizens that dams are safe but we need international expertise to repair some damage. The Cabinet allocated fund to finance this

We reiterate our constitutional position to safeguard Iraq’s unity, applying federal jurisdiction, providing security and ensuring stability in all parts of Iraq for the benefits of all of citizens, especially our Kurdish citizens

We continue with our economic, trade & financial reforms, making it easier for companies to register and supporting the private sector. The World Bank issued a positive report which commended the government’s measures in these areas

The Cabinet today discussed Iraq’s vision for the region which we announced earlier, and the latest dangerous developments in the region. It is vital that Iraq plays a positive role for the benefit of the region

The corrupt from all sects and groups are the same when it comes to lying about salaries to employees in Kurdistan. Officials in Kurdistan should focus on their problems; we are committed to paying the salaries

We have taken steps to end the quota system and there is no going back on this. We opened up appointments to public sector jobs to all. Sometimes, there is nepotism rather than quotas at work, in that even some officials with no party affiliations appoint relatives