A member of the Iraqi Governing Council said Lebanon will return the Iraqi millions in its banks, but he gave no indication Friday of when it will happen. \nMouwafak al-Rubaie met the speaker of Lebanon's parliament, Nabih Berri, together with fellow Governing Council member Younadem Kanna. \n"The talks were good, and we spoke about the Iraqi money held in Lebanon. We heard good comments that Iraqi money in Beirut will be released," al-Rubaie said. He did not elaborate. \nIn May, a US Treasury official said Lebanon had US$495 million in Iraqi funds from the years when former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was in power. Lebanon has acknowledged it has Iraqi money, but it has not released a figure. Its authorities have said the money will be returned when Iraq has a sovereign government. \nIn November, Iraqi Finance Minister Kamel al-Gailani said in Beirut that Lebanon and Iraq were developing a means of returning the Iraqi assets. \nAl-Rubaie's comments came a day after he and Kanna held talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus about the Iraqi funds in Syrian banks, which are estimated at US$300 to US$500 million. \nKanna said afterward that Assad told him "the Iraqi money that exists in Syria is secure and will be turned over to Iraqi authorities." \nBut Kanna reported Assad as saying the money would be given to an elected Iraqi government, not the current US-appointment administration. \nIt is likely that Lebanon, which closely follows Syria in diplomacy, will adopt the same position. \nRelations between Lebanon and the US-appointed Governing Council have been cool because of Lebanon's strong opposition to the US occupation of Iraq. Lebanon still has not recognized the council as representing the Iraqi people.
From India to China to the US, automakers cannot make vehicles — not that no one wants any, but because a more than US$450 billion industry for semiconductors got blindsided. How did both sides end up here? Over the past two weeks, automakers across the world have bemoaned the shortage of chips. Germany’s Audi, owned by Volkswagen AG, would delay making some of its high-end vehicles because of what chief executive officer Markus Duesmann called a “massive” shortfall in an interview with the Financial Times. The firm has furloughed more than 10,000 workers and reined in production. That is a further blow
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