Kuwait (Iraqinews.com) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has assured Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah that security remains intact in Iraq amid nationwide protests over poor state services and a lack of job opportunities, KUNA reported.
In a phone conversation on Sunday, the two leaders discussed issues of mutual concern, with Al-Abadi wishing Kuwait perpetual development and prosperity.
Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti emir stressed his country’s readiness to assist Iraq to overcome the current turmoil, emphasizing that stability in Baghdad is among Kuwait’s major concerns.
Over the past week, protesters at some southern provinces, including Basra, Najaf, Maysan and Dhi Qar, invaded airports, local councils and main roads protesting poor services and unemployment.
One protester was killed the past week during clashes with security in Basra, prompting Iraqi President Fuad Masum to urge for calm and bring those responsible for the murder of the Iraqi protester to trial as soon as possible.
The president, in his statement, also stressed the protesters’ right to stage rallies and express their opinion freely as long as their protests are practiced in a peaceful manner and not disturbing public order.