Iraqi President visits churches of Baghdede on Christmas and New Year

BAGHDEDE, Iraq — During his tour of Nineveh Governorate, President of Iraq Dr. Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid visited the churches of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people that were destroyed by the Islamic State (ISIS).

He stated that the dark era during ISIS control has ended, and Iraq today is on the path of development, progress, reconstruction, and stability at all levels.

President Rashid visited the St. Mary al-Tahira Church in Baghdede in Nineveh Plains. He was briefed on the ongoing reconstruction of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Al-Tahira and other churches that were destroyed during ISIS control.

The Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people there welcomed the President and expressed their happiness at his visit. The President deeply thanked the residents, praising their steadfastness in the face of terrorism.

He said that the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people have showed great courage and steadfastness in facing challenges and hardships.

He was briefed on the situation and conditions of residents of Nineveh Plains and listened to their problems. Alongside the issues faced by the people of Nineveh Plains, President Rashid also stressed the importance of developing the judiciary and meeting the demands of Iraqi people for fairness and justice.

He extended congratulations to the Christians in Nineveh Plains on the Christmas holiday and recalled the sacrifices of made by the martyrs for the sake of a democratic Iraq.