IRAQ: PM al-Kadhimi pledges to protect the presence and continuity of the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people in meeting with Patriarch Mar Awa Royel

BAGHDAD – On the occasion of his recent inauguration as Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, Patriarch Mar Awa Royel met with Iraq’s Prime Minister on Monday. In the meeting, Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi confirmed the important role and historical origins of Christians in Iraq and Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia). The Iraqi PM expressed pride in the historical and present diversity of Iraqi society, including the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people – the overall majority of Christian people in Iraq are Chaldeans-Syriacs-Assyrians.

Al-Kadhimi  pledged all support from government agencies to protect the property of Chaldeans-Syriacs-Assyrians, to maintain their full constitutional rights, whether they are in the homeland or in the diaspora, to continue their presence in Iraq. For his part, Mar Awa Royel expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister, for the efforts made by the government to promote peace, tranquility and peaceful coexistence under the umbrella of love and brotherhood.

Patriarch Mar Awa Royel was born in Chicago, U.S.A., in 1975. He was chosen in September by the Holy Synod to be the 122nd Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East. He resides in Erbil.

Mar Awa Royel also met with Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Severius Hawa and clerici of various churches on Wednesday morning at the residence of the Syriac Orthodox Diocese in Baghdad.