The Iraqi Prime Minister has called on Christians to return home to Iraq after the defeat of the so-called Islamic State. Source: Vatican News.
The Assyrian International News Agency reported that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi said that with the defeat of Islamic State in Iraq, Iraqi Christians who fled the country should return home.
He was quoted as saying he was serious about providing assistance to Christian families and solving their problems. “Iraq,” he said “was country for everyone, and that Christians are the original children of the country”.
“We are glad that Christians will return to Iraq and contribute to its reconstruction. Iraqis of all sects are yearning for a new Iraq that believes in peace and rejects violence.”
On Sunday, Mr Al-Kazemi met with Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, who hoped the Iraqi Government would continue to meet the aspirations of the people and enable it to address many of the challenges facing the country.
He said there are a large number of Christians that want to return to Iraq.
“The Church supports Al-Kazemi's steps towards achieving security and stability throughout Iraq,” he said. “Christians are proud of their Iraqi identity, and they feel more reassured, in light of the serious handling of the Al-Kazemi government with the Christian file.”
According to Aid to the Church in Need, several Iraqi Christians who fled in 2014 and have returned continue to face difficulties, including intimidation and a lack of security.
Call for Christians to return home to Iraq (By Nathan Morley, Vatican News)