Sistani Welcomes Iraqi Politicians

News article, posted 11.16.2014, from Iraq, in:
Mustafa al-Kadhimi
Al-Abadi departs a meeting with Shiite cleric Sistani (REUTERS)

A turning point was reached the moment Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the supreme religious authority in Iraq, opened the doors of his office in Najaf to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Oct. 20, and then to President Fouad Massoum on Nov. 11. For years, Sistani had refused to meet with politicians, rejecting every attempt to drag him into the political arena or to use his position for their climb to power. Thus, the symbolic significance of the moment is more important than the two recent meetings themselves.


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