ASIA/IRAQ - Syriac Orthodox Patriarch meets President Barzani: thank you for having given shelter to Christian refugees

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 refugees  


Erbil (Agenzia Fides) - A delegation composed of nine Syriac Orthodox, Syrian Catholic and Chaldean Bishops, led by Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Mar Ignatius Aphrem II, was received today Tuesday, June 7 by Masud Barzani, President of the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan, in the presidential Palace in Erbil. During the visit – refer official sources of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate - Patriarch Aphrem thanked the President for having welcomed tens of thousands of Christian refugees fleeing from the territories occupied by the Islamic State (Daesh), and asked for his help to continue the research of the two Archbishops of Aleppo - Syrian Orthodox Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibahim and Greek Orthodox Boulos Yazigi - abducted in April 2013. President Barzani assured his commitment to welcoming Christian refugees, and to avoid them emigrating abroad. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 08/06/2016)