Thursday, May 24, 2007
(Voices of Iraq) - Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi arrived in Najaf on Wednesday morning and met with top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Abdul Mahdi is due to take part in a conference, organized by the Islamic University in Najaf, on the current electricity situation in the Shiite province of Najaf. Five Iraqi ministers will attend the conference, media spokesman for the Najaf province, Ahmed Daabeil said. Najaf is the first Shiite sacred city as it hosts the shrine of the Shiite first Imam Ali, cousin of Prophet of Muhammed. It is located about 160 km southwest of Baghdad.