A delegation met with Iraq’s sitting Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi to discuss the protests and future of Najaf this week. Prime Minister Abadi expressed support for peaceful protesting and condemned anyone who was using the public outcry to commit vandalism, further injuring the country. Abadi’s office released a statement saying,

The head of the council of ministers Dr. Haider al-Abadi expressed support for peaceful protests and the expression of views and listening to demands so that the performance of the state is healthy and in service of citizens. His excellency pointed out to the importance of just demands.”

Along with discussing the city’s infrastructure issues that many of the protesters were complaining about, Prime Minister Abadi went on to ascertain that some politically powerful individuals desired the city of Najaf’s economic damage. Before the meeting, Abadi had met with the deputy head of the Hashd al-Shaabi, Abou Mahdi al-Mouhandis, at the PMU’s headquarters building. Prime Minister Abadi stated that,

The head of the council of ministers and commander of armed forces Haider al-Abadi reiterated that we didn’t fight the Daesh [ISIS] terrorist gangs that occupied our cities, threatened all of Iraq, for anything but to keep our people away from harm’s way and to provide a safe, stable life and proper services to all Iraqis.”