PM Barzani joins Chris­tians to cel­e­brate Christ­mas

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On Christ­mas eve, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani spoke in Ainkawa dis­trict in Er­bil to a large au­di­ence, most of who have fled the vi­o­lent re­pres­sion of the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion and took refuge in Kur­dis­tan.

PM Barzani told the au­di­ence that like else­where in the world, they also cel­e­brate Christ­mas in Kur­dis­tan, where fam­i­lies gather, ex­change gifts and pray for peace and se­cu­rity for their fam­i­lies, rel­a­tives, friends and hu­man­ity.

“We also have the same dreams and hopes and prayers,” PM Barzani said. “This is the cul­ture of the peace­ful co­ex­is­tence we live in Kur­dis­tan, among all our peo­ple re­gard­less of re­li­gion, sect, eth­nic­ity, or lan­guage. The dream of all peo­ple in our coun­try is to live to­gether in peace and com­fort. What dis­tin­guishes Kur­dis­tan from other places in the re­gion is our tol­er­ance to­wards all re­li­gions and eth­nic­i­ties. This is our cul­ture and it is our will.”

Reit­er­at­ing that Chris­tians are a fun­da­men­tal, es­sen­tial com­po­nent of Kur­dis­tan and Iraq, Barzani vowed to con­tinue to as­sist them and meet their needs.

Barzani also talked about the re­cent vic­to­ries of Pesh­marga Forces in their fight against ISIS and their ef­forts to re- take the oc­cu­pied lands, and promised that all dis­placed Chris­tians, Yazidis and other mi­nori­ties will be re­turned back to their homes. He en­cour­aged the Chris­tians to be pa­tient and have hope in re­turn­ing to their or­di­nary and peace­ful life and not to think of leav­ing their home­land.

“As a re­sult of ter­ror­ist crimes we have been hear­ing there is strong de­mand to leave the coun­try. We un­der­stand th­ese feel- ings. We un­der­stand this feel­ing of hope­less­ness. At the same time, we do not for­get the 1980s when a tragedy of sim­i­lar pro­por­tion struck so many in Kur­dis­tan dur­ing the hor­rific Baath at­tacks com­mit­ted in the name of An­fal. But we did not leave our coun­try.”

PM Barzani kept on say­ing “In this his­toric time I urge our beloved Chris­tians, Yezidis, Shabaks, Turk­mens, and all our com­mu­ni­ties to re- main stead­fast. The life of the en­emy is short. They want to di­vide us by threat­en­ing our eth­nore­li­gious mi­nori­ties in Kur­dis­tan and Iraq and force them to leave their home­land.”

There­fore, he pledged to light a can­dle for the re­birth of hopes, for a bright fu­ture, and for the peace­ful co­ex­is­tence of all re­li­gious and eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties in Kur­dis­tan and Iraq.

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