U.N. Envoy Calls for ‘Full Implementation’ Of Hashid Al-Shaabi Law
The United Nations in Iraq calls for the “full implementation” of the law of the Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashid al-Shaabi) in the country.
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) for Iraq, Jan Kubis, visited Najaf on Wednesday (November 30) to meet with Iraq's top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
Following the meeting, Kubis said in a press conference that the United Nations respects the popular mobilization law, approved by the Iraqi parliament last year.
“… I speak also about respecting also the popular mobilization law and I would like to see the full implementation of this law by, among others, concentrating the weapons in the hands of the State only but also in providing support for restructuring and reorganisation of the Iraqi Security Forces,” Kubis noted during the press conference.
Iraqi Parliament passed a bill last November recognizing Hashid al-Shaabi as a government entity operating alongside the military.
The bill named “Law of Command of Hashid al-Shaabi and other Armed Groups,” has the Iraqi Ministry of Finance provide the fighters with monthly payments under the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.