Iraqi PM Kadhimi visits Basra to take back border crossings, fight corruption

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi arriving at Basra airport on Wednesday morning (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI —  Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi arrived in Basra early on Wednesday morning (July 15) in an effort to show that the southern border crossings of Safwan and Shalamcheh and the port of Umm Qasr are under control of the state and to highlight his plans for combating corruption.

Al-Khadimi arrived in the southern oil city early morning at 5 a.m. and straight away entered a meeting with several ministers and officials of Basra.

“The meeting of Basra governorate's Council of Representatives was to fulfill the demands of the residents of the city and provide them with services. Working together will help us pass the obstacles that are in the path of our nation right now,” he said.

Earlier this week, Kadhimi visited a border post in Diayla as part of his push to take back control of customs procedures and lucrative trade revenues from the tribes, militias, and parties that currently run many of the crossings.

Two summers ago, Basra was the site of large-scale protests over the government's failure to provide basic services, most importantly potable water.

(NRT Digital Media)