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France calls Iraqi authorities to meet demands of protesters

France calls Iraqi authorities to meet demands of protesters

France announced that it is closely following the Iraqi situation, stressing the right of Iraqi people to stage peaceful protests to express their demands.


It also pointed out to the importance of peaceful response of security forces.


"France is closely following the situation in Iraq, especially after the demonstrations currently being witnessed by Baghdad and several southern provinces," the French foreign ministry's spokeswoman said in a statement.


She added, "France extends its condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery for the wounded."


"France reaffirms its commitment to the right peaceful protests to any people, urging the Iraqi authorities to uncover the circumstances that led to the violence," the spokesman said.


On the other hand, France stressed its support for the efforts of the Iraqi authorities to ensure stability and reconstruction and the development of public services for the benefit of all the Iraqi people.


"France hailed Iraqi prime minister’s initiative to meet to legitimate demands of the Iraqi people.


"France also welcomes the call of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi for unity and dialogue," the spokesman said.


Iraqi authorities has completely cut off Internet services on Wednesday, October 2, as protests broke out in a number of Iraqi cities, including, Baghdad, Basra, Dhi Qar, Muthanna, Nasiriyah, Diwaniyah, Kut, and others.


In a televised speech on Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi vowed to pass a law that gives poor families a basic wage.

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