Kurdistan a nest for coexistence and brotherhood
President Massoud Barzani received a papal delegation headed by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Special Envoy to His Holiness Pope Francis. During the meeting, Cardinal Filoni extended the greetings of His Holiness Pope Francis to President Barzani and expressed his repeated gratitude to the Kurdistan Region for their efforts at assisting the Christian refugees.
President Barzani warmly welcomed the delegation and conveyed his personal greetings to His Holiness Pope Francis, adding that the Kurdistan Region takes pride in the fact that it has historically been a region of coexistence between people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds and that reality will remain a part of the values and principles of the Kurdistan Region.
Cardinal Filoni said that embracing such a huge number of refugees without taking difference religious and ethnic background into consideration, stressing that it means that Kurdistan believes in the valuable principles of coexistence and humanitarian values.
He said that he witnessed how the Christians thanked the KRG kindness in the camps for serving them.
In addition, Cardinal Filoni hailed the role of Peshmarga forces and asked President Barzani to convoy Pope and his gratitude to them who are fighting bravely against Islamic State militants.
He said that Peshmarga forces are those who are sacrificing their lives to allow other people to live in peace.
Cardinal Filoni added that Peshmarga has now become symbol of resistance and struggle to provide freedom because Peshmarga is nog fighting to occupy somewhere but it is rather to defend civil people.
He added that the situation has changed since he first visited Kurdistan when ISIS was attacked Kurdistan back to August last year. He stressed that Peshmarga did not have enough and advanced weapons, but they still defended the region very bravely and heroically.
The Christian delegation thanked President Barzani as he always issues statement in solidarity with the Christian in special Christian ceremonies.
During the meeting, President Barzani stressed that Kurdistan will always remain as a safe haven for the Christian and other minorities and ethnic groups.
The President stated that the Kurdish Peshmarga forces have been successful in defeating the myth of Islamic State.