• Thursday, 13 June 2024

Cardinal Louis Sako Commends Kurdish Leader Masoud Barzani for Support of Minority Communities in Iraq

Gulan Media April 5, 2024 News
Cardinal Louis Sako Commends Kurdish Leader Masoud Barzani for Support of Minority Communities in Iraq

In an exclusive interview with Kurdistan 24 on Thursday, Cardinal Louis Sako, the esteemed Patriarch of the Chaldean Church in Iraq, expressed profound gratitude towards Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), for his consistent advocacy and defense of minority communities in Iraq.

Cardinal Sako hailed Barzani's unwavering commitment to upholding the rights of all communities, emphasizing his pivotal role in ensuring their representation within the Kurdistan Parliament. He underscored the profound impact of Barzani's actions, particularly within the Christian community in Iraq and beyond.

"As Christians, we find solace in this land, which we proudly call home. It is a sanctuary, not a battleground, contrary to certain misconceptions," remarked Cardinal Sako, highlighting the inclusive environment fostered by the Kurdistan Region.

Expressing aspirations for a more inclusive Iraq, Cardinal Sako called upon the federal government to emulate the Kurdistan Region's approach in embracing its diverse population. He lamented the challenges of forced migration and oppression faced by minority communities, emphasizing the urgent need for national unity and acceptance.

Reflecting on past tribulations, Cardinal Sako recalled Barzani's unwavering support during critical junctures, notably amidst the onslaught of the Islamic State (IS) against Christians. He lauded Barzani's solidarity and commitment to justice, which served as a beacon of hope during times of peril.

The interview also shed light on Cardinal Sako's recent legal challenges, including a contentious decree issued by Iraqi President Latif Rasheed and subsequent legal summons on alleged defamation charges. Seeking refuge in Erbil, Cardinal Sako remains steadfast in his advocacy for the rights of Christians in Iraq, undeterred by legal impediments.

Cardinal Sako's commendation of Masoud Barzani underscores the significance of inter-community cooperation and solidarity in fostering peace and inclusivity in Iraq's diverse landscape.