Gulf 25 receiving an international and Arab media attention

  • 20-01-2023, 16:23
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    Bagdad - INA
    Iraq continues to be a priority for the Arab and international media in its various coverages, as the various media outlets paid attention to a range of topics and files, most notably the conclusion of the 25th Gulf Championship held in Basra, and the activities of Prime Minister Muhammad S. Al-Sudani, related to it.
     Gulf 25 conclusion 
    The coronation of Iraq in the Gulf Football Championship received the greatest media attention, and the main headlines related to the event varied, so while some media highlighted the result of the match and Iraq’s victory over the Sultanate of Oman by three goals to two, other media outlets were keen to focus on mass celebrations by winning.
    While the political dimension of the tournament attracted the attention of some others, as a number of Arab newspapers had their headlines between (Iraq crowned with the title "Gulf 25"), (Iraq wins the Arab Gulf Cup Football Championship), (Iraq crowned with the title "Gulf 25" with a "killer" victory On Oman), and (Iraq is the champion of "Gulf 25").
    Media outlets monitored the mass celebrations under the title (From Basra to Baghdad .. the Iraqi fans celebrate the 25th Gulf Cup), and some news websites sought to transmit these celebrations directly, including the famous Koura 365 website, which transmitted the ceremony of crowning Iraq with the 25th Gulf Cup and the popular celebrations accompanying the victory, a group of Arab media titled its coverage of the event (From Basra to Erbil and Baghdad: Iraqi fans celebrate the Gulf Cup title).
    Arab websites and channels conveyed the reactions of major Arab stars, both male and female, to blessing and congratulating Iraq on the victory, while praising the organization of the championship. Many media websites monitored the news of the Iraqi artist Majid Al-Muhandis kissing the land of Iraq upon his arrival at Basra International Airport to revive the closing ceremony of the championship.
    Many social networking sites and Arab newspapers also referred to the participation of the Emirati artist Ahlam in the revival of the closing ceremony, and her expression of her happiness by singing in Iraq by placing the flag of the Iraqi Republic above her head.
    A group of Arab media addressed the Omani Football Association's thanks to Iraq for securing the entry of the fans of the Omani national team to the stands. "After consulting with the competent authorities in the Sultanate of Oman, and in order to preserve the safety of the Omani masses, and in support of the brothers in the Republic of Iraq, for the success of the closing meeting, it was decided that the audience present at Basra International Airport will return to the Sultanate of Oman.”
    Television channels reported the death of a person and the injury of others during the stampede that occurred in the vicinity of the Palm Trunk Stadium, which hosted the final of the 25th Gulf Championship. The most popular TV program on the BBC Arabic channel, "Trending", presented by the presenter, Rania Al-Attar, dealt with the news, as well as France 24.
    Al-Jazeera Net translated an article for the widely circulated American newspaper The Washington Post, highlighting the atmosphere in which the Arab Gulf Cup took place and how the tournament turned into a demonstration of Arab unity.
    Al-Quds Al-Arabi website published the statements of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Sayyid Muqtada Al-Sadr, regarding the 25th Gulf Championship, in which he stated (the tournament returned Iraq to the Arab ranks).
    The writer Adham Ibrahim published on Al-Rai Al-Youm website an article entitled "The 25th Arabian Gulf Cup and the return of Iraq to its Arab surroundings." And that it does not pass without consolidating the positive trends that we found in this wonderful visual wedding, and emphasizing the consolidation of Iraqi national unity, zeroing in on foreign influence from any side, in order to preserve the independence of the Iraqi political decision, and working with our Arab brothers in various fields, to overcome the negatives and failures of the past, Achieving economic and political cooperation to promote human and social development and improve living standards for all Arab peoples.
    Activities of the Prime Minister 
    The Arab media was keen to publish the comments of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Muhammad S. Al-Sudani, regarding his country’s victory in the Arab Gulf Cup football championship. A group of Arab media outlets published the tweet of the Iraqi Prime Minister on his official page on Twitter in this regard.
    In a related context, news websites indicated that the Iraqis launched the hashtag "Falak Khair" on the Prime Minister, given that his assumption of his duties was good for Iraq.
    Arabic-language websites published that Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani urged the House of Representatives to expedite the approval of the 2023 budget.
    Activities of the President of the Republic
    A number of Arab newspapers referred to the statements of the President of the Iraqi Republic, Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid, that Iraq's victory in the Arab Gulf Cup for football is a good start for the country to embrace more sporting events.
    Arab newspapers and news websites focused on the Iraqi President Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid's welcome to the German parliament's decision to consider ISIS's crimes against the Yazidis as genocide.
    The statements of the Iraqi President about the importance of relations between Iraq and South Korea, following his meeting with South Korean President Yoon Sok Yol on the sidelines of the Davos Economic Forum, were attended by Arab media.
    Sky News Arabia conducted a televised interview with Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, in which he touched on a number of important points.
    Political matter
    The President of the Republic said that the elections in Iraq were conducted properly and were accepted by all, stressing the need to support the investment and development process in the country from all countries.
    The President stressed the continuation of the program to develop infrastructure and alleviate the suffering of citizens.
    He said that work is underway to improve relations with neighboring countries, countries in the region and the world, stressing the pursuit of good relations with everyone, provided that Iraq's independence is preserved.
    On the part related to the relationship with Ankara, he said that Turkey is an important neighbor and trade exchange with it amounts to 30 billion dollars. As for the water issue, it is complex and we seek to achieve progress in it through understanding, and we affirm the pursuit of obtaining a fair share of water through negotiation with Turkey.
    The relationship between the federal government and the Kurdistan region of Iraq is very good, even if there are some problems between the two parties.
    Not approving the oil and gas law affected the relationship with the Kurdistan region, saying that he is in favor of any referendum, but the implementation of its results must be according to "conditions.”
    When talking about the qualifications of Iraq, he indicated that it attracts about 30 million visitors annually to religious centers only .
    The decline in the value of the dinar is not in the hands of the government, but rather due to global conditions, stressing the start of controlling transfers abroad to maintain financial stability .
    He said, "Our financial transfers to Iran are payments to pay for the price of gas," indicating his indifference to accusations about Iraq's smuggling of hard currency to Iran .
    He stressed Iraq's openness to all foreign companies in the energy sector .
    Sports matter
    The President of the Republic spoke about Iraq's hosting of the "Gulf 25" championship, indicating that it comes in an effort by the country to return to hosting sporting events after a long absence due to the political and security situation .
    The president said that the Iraqi people are generous and love hospitality, regardless of their nationalities, in reference to the hospitality that was received by the fans who went to Basra to attend the matches .
    The President's statements that there are plans to increase the number of oil and gas projects was a headline present in some of the Arab news agencies, in addition to his statements about his support for the establishment of a joint Iraqi-Qatari business council .
    Economic conditions
    Once again, the Iraqi economic issue dominated a wide range of Arab media coverage of the Iraqi issue, and the media based their comments on a number of experts, some of whom said that the Iraqi government did not clarify its economic vision in the 2023 budget .
    The Egyptian media was keen to refer to the statements of the Saudi Foreign Minister that his country is working with Iraq and Jordan to enhance ties in trade and investment .
    Al-Jazeera Net website was keen to address the electricity crisis in Iraq through a news report entitled "To solve the electricity crisis... Iraq turns again towards German Siemens ."
    The Arab media pointed out that although two weeks have passed since the issuance of a circular by the Syrian Ministry of Transport, according to which Syrian trucks were allowed to obtain entry visas to Iraq, no truck has yet entered .
    The Saudi Al-Arabiya website published a story under the title “Theft of the Century” investigations continue in Iraq... new arrest warrants) with a subtitle (the authorities had released the main suspect in the case on bail).
    The BBC channel discussed in its main bulletin the issue of the situation of the Iraqi dinar against the dollar .
    The water crisis in Iraq, which receives great and permanent attention in many Arab media outlets, was the focus of attention from Al-Mayadeen TV, which prepared a report in which it monitored the details of a drought sweeping Iraq .
    Al-Araby Al-Jadeed website published a news report entitled (Iraq: Foot-and-mouth disease kills Nineveh's livestock).
    The statements of the Minister of Labor, Ahmed Al-Asadi, during his meeting with the Jordanian ambassador to Iraq, that Jordan represents the economic front of Iraq and its geographical lung, was a prominent headline on the website of the Jordanian Anatolia Agency .
    Sky News Arabia discussed the Iraqi government's efforts to raise the level of social care in the country .
    The political situation
    Al-Araby Al-Jadeed conducted an interview with the head of the Iraqi National Project, Sheikh Jamal Al-Dari, in which he said that the visit of the White House Coordinator for Middle East affairs, Brett McGurk, to Baghdad, which has been going on since last Monday, differs from the visits of previous American delegations, and Al-Dari considered that the current American military presence In Iraq, it came as a result of official understandings with the previous government, and it differs from what it was after 2003 in terms of occupation .
    Anatolia News Agency reported that the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent an official invitation to the Belgian Foreign Minister to visit Iraq, accompanied by senior representatives of Belgian companies. Iraq also called on Belgium to reopen the Belgian embassy in Iraq .
    The Egyptian press published a story about the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs calling on the Turkish government to conduct an urgent investigation regarding the killing of an Iraqi family on its soil .
    BBC Arabic channel, in its "Trending" program, discussed the issue of a leaked video of inmates in Al-Taji prison, which sparked controversy in Iraq .
    Where the prisoners appealed to the government to save them from what they said were the practices of the prison administration that force them to buy drugs. The coverage of the story included the announcement by the Iraqi Minister of Justice, Khaled Al-Shawani, that the director of Al-Taji prison, his assistants and a number of officials had been exempted and referred to the concerned authorities for the purpose of interrogation .
    The security situation
    The success of Iraqi military intelligence in seizing 53 explosive devices in three provinces (Kirkuk, Salah al-Din, and Nineveh) was present in the Egyptian press .
    The German Deutsche Welle website published a report entitled "Combating Terrorism... How Long Will Iraq Need Foreign Forces", in response to the Prime Minister's assertion that Iraq needs foreign forces to combat terrorism and pursue the remnants of ISIS .
    Al-Quds Al-Arabi published a story about Denmark providing two million dollars to Iraq to reduce the risk of mines .
    The Arabic-language Euronews website published a news report by  FAP Agency under the title "Civilians in Iraq are still falling victim to ISIS attacks". The report includes eyewitness accounts of their villages being attacked by ISIS terrorist elements .
    Al-Rai Al-Youm website published the statements of Major General Hossein Salami, Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, in which he said, "The Popular Mobilization Forces were able to extinguish the fire of sedition in Iraq, and the terrorism that the enemies attribute to us was made by the Americans ."
    International media monitoring on Iraq
    International media websites reported that the commander of the US Central Command praised the Iraqi government for returning the residents of Al-Hol camp to Iraq, and considered that the return of 142 Iraqi families comprising 580 people is a constructive and courageous step by the Iraqi government.
    Other websites reported that a convoy of US forces in Baghdad was targeted with an explosive device, but the news did not include details about losses or possible losses .
    Some of the English news websites continued to monitor the Iraqi issue, with a special focus on the decline in the value of the dinar against the dollar, despite the government's measures .
    The Washington Post prepared a report on how the 25th Gulf Championship turned into a celebration of Arab unity, and Al Jazeera Net was keen to refer to the report .
    The same newspaper also referred to the news related to the death of one person and the injury of others in a stampede accident at the end of the Gulf Championship 25 .