Vat­i­can calls for fur­ther as­sis­tance to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani, on Tues­day, May 5th, re­ceived Cardinal Leonardo San­dri, the Pre­fect of the Con­gre­ga­tion for the Ori­en­tal Churches, and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion.

Cardinal Leonardo con­veyed the greet­ings and grat­i­tude of His Ho­li­ness Pope Fran­cis to Prime Min­is­ter Barzani, to the peo­ple and the gov­ern­ment of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion for hav­ing shel­tered and as­sisted all those refugees and in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple in gen­eral and the Chris­tians in par­tic­u­lar, who fled the vi­o­lent re­pres­sion of the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, ISIS, and sought safety in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Cardinal Leonardo shed light on his visit to the Chris­tian refugee camps and churches in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, say­ing that he has closely ob­served the con­di­tions of the refugees. He said that they live in good con­di­tions, de­spite the bur­den that this large num­ber of refugees and dis­placed peo­ple has cre­ated for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. He thanked the peo­ple and the in­sti­tu­tions of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion for their as­sis­tance.

He said that amid his visit to Chris­tian refugee camps, he has en­cour­aged the refugees to be re­silient and stay in their coun­try. Mean­time, he called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and United Na­tion agen­cies to fur­ther as­sist the IDPs and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for the let­ter of His Ho­li­ness Pop Fran­cis, and dis­cussed his re­cent visit to Vat­i­can and his meet­ing with His Ho­li­ness Pope Fran­cis.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani pointed out that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment, KRG, will con­tinue pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to refugees and IDPs, de­spite the fact that its re­sources are limited.

He high­lighted the peace­ful co­ex­is­tence among all the re­li­gious and eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

The two sides also dis­cussed the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in Iraq in gen­eral, and in Mo­sul in par­tic­u­lar, as well as the so­cial and eco­nomic sit­u­a­tions in the Re­gion.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani ex­pressed the grat­i­tude of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent and the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan to his Ho­li­ness Pope Fran­cis, ex­press­ing his hope that Pope Fran­cis will visit Iraq and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in fu­ture.

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