The Im­por­tant Seat of the Assyr­i­ans

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

Af­ter Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent’s re­turn from abroad, Er­bil, the cap­i­tal of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion wit­nessed great diplo­matic ac­tiv­i­ties. The Iraqi Pres­i­dent, his Sunni deputy Ah­mad Cha­l­abi, and for­mer deputy of Iraqi PM paid vis­its and ev­ery one dis­cussed those crises that gov­ern­ing process in Bagh­dad has brought about.

The Kuwaiti jour­nal­ist del­e­ga­tion was in Hawler. They pointed out that Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent is to visit the Gulf coun­tries, in­clud­ing Kuwait. They also said that the Re­gion in­tends to sep­a­rate from Bagh­dad through peace­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions. Deputy as­sis­tant of US For­eign Sec­re­tary also vis­ited Hawler and dis­cussed the is­sue of car­ry­ing on sup­ports to Pesh­merga and de­scribed the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween U.S army and Pesh­merga as ideal and suc­cess­ful.

In ad­di­tion to that, Deputy of Bel­gium Prime Min­is­ter and the spe­cial US en­voy paid of­fi­cial vis­its to the Kur­dish cap­i­tal. This was only dur­ing last week. Kur­dis­tan air­ports, Pres­i­dency and Coun­cil of Min­is­ters passed most of the week hav­ing diplo­matic del­e­ga­tions from all over the world, and nowa­days from Arab coun­tries and Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties as well.

De­spite Bagh­dad’s ef­forts to limit Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s diplo­matic scope as it hin­ders Kur­dis­tan Re­gion tak­ing part in some in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences against the IS, we saw in Ger­many how Pres­i­dent Obama, by turn­ing his back to the Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi, ig­nored him to­tally. The scene bears var­i­ous in­ter­pre­ta­tions about the su­per power's at­ti­tude to­wards Iraq's rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The Kuwaiti jour­nal­ist del­e­ga­tion’s visit to Kur­dis­tan, and Pres­i­dent Barzani’s ex­pected visit to Gulf coun­tries, in which Saudi Ara­bia will be one of them, will build a new bridge, a prospec­tive about the fu­ture of the Kurds in the area. Be­cause the Gulf coun­tries are mov­ing into a new his­tor­i­cal era and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is the new in­ter­na­tional cen­ter fight­ing the ISIS and the world ter­ror­ism.

Last week, a del­e­ga­tion of Assyr­ian Church of the East was wel­comed by Pres­i­dent Barzani. They ex­pressed their thanks to the Re­gion for shel­ter­ing the large num­ber of refugees, dis­placed, the re­li­gious and eth­nic groups. Es­pe­cially af­ter pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren of the refugees to con­tinue their study in Kur­dis­tan. They also thanked the open­ness of peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan, men­tion­ing that it’s an honor that Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has be­come a safe haven for Chris­tians and other re­li­gious mi­nori­ties of Iraq.

They con­firmed that an elec­tion is to be held in Septem­ber in Hawler for elect­ing a suc­ces­sor to Pa­tri­arch Mar Dinkha IV, the late Supreme Head of Assyr­ian Church of the East, and Supreme Head’s seat in the USA will be moved to Hawler. They are welcome back to Hawler. Brin­ing the im­por­tant seat of Eastern Assyr­ian Church from US to Hawler holds spe­cial in­di­ca­tion and in­ter­pre­ta­tion. It does not only sym­bol­ize the co­ex­is­tence prin­ci­ples, but it also comes at a time when po­si­tion of Chris­tians in Mo­sul, 80 km South of Hawler, is be­ing dev­as­tated and they’ve been dis­placed. Hawler is be­com­ing the strong and trusted po­si­tion for Chris­tians of the world; it’s also be­com­ing the cen­ter of in­ter­na­tional pow­ers’ meet­ing against ter­ror­ism.

The seat is not just a seat, but it can be the col­lect­ing power of thou­sands of pow­er­ful Chris­tians’ voices. It’ll build a strong trust for car­ry­ing on the civ­i­liza­tion and co­ex­is­tence as Hawler has be­come shel­ter for other sec­tar­ian groups like Sun­nis and Shi­ites who feared for their lives in other parts of Iraq.

Kur­dis­tan has be­come a holy land for peace. It pro­tects the lives and well-be­ing of ev­ery re­li­gious and eth­nic com­po­nent. It’s be­come a strong and un­break­able shel­ter all through the great sac­ri­fices of our Pesh­merga forces.

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