President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani received a Holy See delegation led by Monsignor Alberto Ortega Martin, the apostolic nuncio to Jordan and Iraq. Monsignor Martin conveyed the greetings of His Holiness Pope Francis to Barzani and expressed his gratefulness, on behalf of the Vatican, for Kurdistan's treatment of the forcibly displaced Christians who had fled ISIS' brutality and cruelty.
During the meeting, Barzani shed light on war under way against terrorism which will lead to the defeat of terrorists and the victory of the free world. He also reviewed the living conditions of the refugees in the Kurdish region whose number is well over 1.5 million, stressing that they will continue to be protected and provided with assistance. He added that the peaceful coexistence in the Kurdistan region is an inseparable part of the Kurdish culture where historically Muslims, Christians and Jews had lived together in peace.
Barzani referred to the preparations under way for the liberation of the city of Mosul, conveyed his heartfelt greetings to Pope Francis, and asked for his prayers for a more peaceful world.