Syriac Catholic Patriarch Mar Ignatius Youssef III Younan meets with Iraqi Prime Minister and President to discuss national dynamics and regional concerns

BAGHDAD — Syriac Catholic Patriarch Mar Ignatius Youssef III Younan embarked on a series of visits to prominent figures in Iraq, including with Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid and Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani. The primary agenda of these discussions was to deliberate on the state of the populace in Iraq, alongside the unfolding developments both within the country and across the region.

During the discussion, President Rashid underscored the importance of the Christian presence within Iraq and the mutual respect and esteem that Christians receive. He acknowledged their contributions to the country’s historical and cultural heritage as well as their role in its progress.

The Patriarch reciprocated these sentiments, expressing gratitude for President Rashid’s efforts in upholding the constitution and fostering harmonious coexistence among all segments of Iraqi society. He also commended Iraq’s advancements across various spheres.

Addressing a significant matter, the Patriarch unequivocally condemned the desecration of the Quran, emphasizing the necessity of nurturing a culture of dialogue, embracing diversity, and fostering mutual respect among all individuals. This, he argued, is in line with the principles of human rights and freedom of belief.

Continuing his diplomatic engagements, Patriarch Younan met with Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani.

During their meeting, Prime Minister al-Sudani lauded the enduring presence of Christians in Iraq and emphasized the significance of their role in the nation. He reiterated the government’s commitment to citizen welfare and the promotion of intellectual and social convergence among all constituents, reinforcing the values of coexistence and unity.

The Patriarch, in response, conveyed his appreciation for Prime Minister al-Sudani’s endeavors in advancing Iraq’s progress and safeguarding the interests of all its diverse components, particularly the longstanding Christian community.

The discussions also encompassed the prevailing situation in Lebanon. The Patriarch highlighted the challenging circumstances in Lebanon while expressing gratitude for Iraq’s solidarity with the Lebanese people. He expressed optimism for an improved future in Lebanon.