On Wednesday afternoon, October 9, 2013, His Beatitude Patriarch Mar
Louis Raphael I Sako visited His Excellency the Iraqi Prime Minister Mr.
Nouri Al-Maliki to congratulate him on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, and
discussed with him some points concerning the Christians in the country
that would encourage them to stay in their country, which received a
positive response from His Excellency the Prime Minister .
Beatitude asked His Excellency the Prime Minister to employ the
Christian youth within the government departments to affirm their
existence in their country; also discussed was the matters of guarding
the churches and the acquisition of some people over Christians' houses.
His Beatitude Patriarch Sako proposed on Mr. Al-Maliki doing an
awareness campaign through media and mosques and churches to promote a
culture of living together and maintaining national unity and reject all
forms of violence. He also stressed the unity of the Country's
officials for its security and stability, because split and division
reflect negatively on the street .
His Excellency the Prime
Minister emphasized the importance of unity and understanding between
all parties as it has positive reflection on the street, and promised
compensation for churches and putting Christian guards, opening more
work opportunities for the Christians within the State's public
services, and pursuing whoever had forcibly seized the homes of
Christians and their property.
In the visit, His Beatitude was
accompanied with His Excellency Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni, Father
Saad Syrob, pastor of St. Joseph Chaldean parish, and Father Albert
Hisham, Chaldean Patriarchate Media Administrator.