Kurdistan Regional GovernmentRepresentation in Italy

Rome, February 10, 2015

The Card. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization of the peoples receives the President of the Parliament of Kurdistan and his parliamentary delegation.

Today, Cardinal Filoni received the President of the Parliament of Kurdistan and his delegation at the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

His Eminence thanked the delegation for their presence and the enormous generosity of the Kurdish people in managing the current humanitarian emergency. He also forwarded to President Barzani his thanks for the welcome received in the Kurdistan Region last August as a special envoy of the Holy Father.
The President Sadiq thanked Cardinal Filoni and the Holy See for the support and solidarity shown. The Kurdish people have always struggled to defend the plurality of ethnic groups residing in the territory, thereby protecting the peaceful coexistence and mutual respect, regardless of religious affiliation.
In reference to the Christians, a fundamental component of the territory for its ancient origins, the President invited Cardinal Filoni to spread the message not to abandon the land and their homes, as it would mean for Kurdistan and the Middle East to lose a priceless value.
The meeting ended with a mutual exchange of gifts and the invitation to the Pope to visit Kurdistan.