Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi held talks in Basra on Friday in a bid to restore calm in the southern city, which has been gripped by protests over unemployment.
Abadi flew straight into the city from Brussels where he attended a NATO summit to discuss the Islamic State group, and immediately held talks with officials, a statement said.
As Abadi met the governor of the oil-rich province and the head of the power company, Iraq’s top Shiite authority voiced support for the protesters, calling Basra one of Iraq’s “most miserable areas”.
“It is not fair and it is never acceptable that this generous province is one of the most miserable areas in Iraq,” Abdel Mehdi al-Karbalai, the representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, said at Friday prayers in Karbala. Read More