The Important Seat of the Assyrians
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.