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Premier of Iraqi Kurdistan: Christians Must Not Emigrate

Mustafa Khayat-CC

Agenzia Fides - published on 10/13/14 - updated on 06/08/17

Urges Christians to stay in face of aggression from ISIS

Erbil – Iraqi Christians must resist anything that pushes them to leave their land and migrate abroad, while patiently waiting for the defeat of the jihadists of the Islamic State, which will open the doors of their return to their homes.

This is what Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, said during a meeting in Erbil with a delegation of American Catholics engaged in humanitarian support to refugees who had escaped from Mosul and the cities of the Nineveh Plain when  faced with the advancing of the militias of the IS.

According to reports from Iraqi sources, the Premier — who is the nephew of Masud Barzani, President of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan — stressed the need to "rebuild trust between all the social components." Unaddresssed was the question of whether the aggression of the jihadists creates the unleashing of sectarian impulses and the sinking of any possibility of coexistence between different ethnic and religious identities.

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