PM Barzani dis­cusses refugee sit­u­a­tions with UN rep­re­sen­ta­tive and Christian Pa­tri­arch

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani sep­a­rately met with Niko­lay Mlade­nov, United Na­tions Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Iraq and Head of the United Na­tions As­sis­tance Mis­sion for Iraq (UNAMI), and Pa­tri­arch Mar Luis Rafael, first Chaldean Pa­tri­arch of Iraq and their ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tions.

The ma­jor topic of both meet­ings was the sit­u­a­tion of the refugees and In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons IDPs in Kur­dis­tan.

Pa­tri­arch Rafael fo­cused spe­cially on the Christian IDPs and ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to­wards the support that the KRG has been giv­ing them.

He said, "Although the IDPs are liv­ing through harsh sit­u­a­tions, they at least feel safe and home in Kur­dis­tan and are treated like brothers and sis­ters."

He also added that in his last meet­ing with the Pope of Vatican, he in­formed him about the well treat­ment of Chris­tians in Kur­dis­tan, and he reiter- ated that he would use his con­nec­tions and lobby in Vatican and else­where in the world to col­lect aid for the IDPs.

Pa­tri­arch Rafael asked PM Barzani to try to find jobs for the pro­fes­sion­als among the IDPs to make a liv­ing for them­selves in the Re­gion.

PM Barzani

re­it­er­ated his gov­ern­ment's com­mit­ment to help­ing refugees in the best way pos­si­ble with no dis­crim­i­na­tion. He also thanked Pa­tri­arch Rafael for prais­ing KRG when meet­ing Pope in Vatican.

Mlade­nov, on the other hands, re­it­er­ated UN's com­mit­ment to en­cour­age the in­ter­na­tional commu- nity to take more se­ri­ous steps in help­ing the refugees.

The UN of­fi­cial wel­comed the agree­ment be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad and re­con­firmed UN's support for mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and so­lu­tion to all is­sues be­tween the two gov­ern­ments.

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