Iraqi Prime Minister Haider alAbadi visited Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani at his residency in Najaf on Friday to discuss the political and security developments in the country. In a press statement after the meeting, Al Abadi's office announced that the meeting tackled the ongoing military operation against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant's (ISIL) militants, the political situation, the efforts exerted to unite Iraqis to restore security and stability, and the government services to citizens.
The statement unveiled that AlSistani told AlAbadi that "All militant groups should be under the control of the state." For his part, AlAbadi told reporters following the meeting, that the religious leader has urged him to provide all support to the government forces and to the progovernment popular mobilization (volunteers) groups, to ask all forces to stop hoisting his and other religious figures' photos in the liberated areas and to raise the Iraqi national flag only. He also noted that AlSistani called on the government to accelerate its operations to liberate all Iraqi cities from the terrorist groups. The statement added that they have also discussed the humanitarian situation of the displaced Iraqis. The meeting comes a few hours after AlAbadi's meeting with the leaders of the popular mobilization groups. (end) mhg.ibi
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