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H.E. Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi expresses his pride in the Christians and the visit of the  Secretary of State of the Holy See (Vatican) on occasion of the Merry Christmas Eve






December-24- 2018

His Excellency Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi expressed his pride in the Christians as a genuine component with the rest of the Iraqi people and stated his happiness with the visit of the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin and his accompanying delegation to Iraq on occasion of the Jesus Christ's birth and the establishment of a mass for Christians in churches throughout the country for that Occasion.
His Excellency said: I welcome you in my name and on behalf of the Iraqi government in the land of the prophets and various religions and the home of the prophet Abraham the father of the prophets, peace be upon him, And we look forward to the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis  to Iraq because that Visit would have a message for humanity and coexistence among peoples and religions.
His Excellency added: We have defeated Daesh militarily and we continue to erase his terrorist ideology, Daesh who persecuted Iraqis of all sects, including Christians, is not made in Iraq, We continue the construction and reconstruction efforts and to return all IDP's, We believe that Daesh expansion harms all nations and peoples and we must work together to bring stability to our peoples.
For his part, the  Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said: "His Holiness the Pope asked us to convey his best wishes to the beloved Iraqi people, and he is very happy to be present in Iraq to celebrate Christmas."
He added: The first time I have a political meeting on the eve of Christmas and I am very happy to be with you on this blessed night and thank you good for a pleasant reception, We call on Christians and Muslims to sow the seeds of love, peace, and coexistence, while that diversity be a source of strength for all, wishing Iraq and its people good and prosperity.
During the meeting, they discussed the existing cooperation relations between Iraq and the Vatican, the views on the need to achieve security and stability for the peoples of the region and the world.

Media office of the prime minister
December-24- 2018