Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said Iraqis of all religions, sects and nationalities are equal before the law, calling on the clergy to take the leading role in strengthening national unity among all the sons of the Iraqi people.
Maliki said in a statement issued on the sidelines of a meeting with the President of the Chaldean Church, Patriarch Louis Raphael first Sacco, and seen “Alsumaria News”, he said “the face of terrorism must be carried out by spreading awareness and education; because ignorance is the incubator fertile ideas extremist and takfir and other deviant ideas” , noting that “Iraqis of all religions, sects and nationalities are equal before the law.”
Maliki called on the clergy to “take the leading role in promoting national unity and brotherhood among all the sons of the Iraqi people.”
For his part, the head of the Chaldean Church Patriarch Louis Raphael Sacco during the first statement, “Iraq’s Christians pride in their country and their keenness on security and stability.”
The Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, an extensive presentation on the situation of Iraqi Christians and their places of worship and ways to address some of the problems they face.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was considered, in the December 14, 2012, that al-Qaeda has failed to evacuate Iraq of Christians, as he emphasized that terrorism is long all components of the country’s religious communities.
It is noteworthy that Christians in Iraq are exposed since 2003 to targeted violence in the capital and in a number of provinces such as Mosul, Kirkuk and Basra.
The Christians were make up 3.1 percent of the population in Iraq, according to the census conducted in 1947, and numbered in the eighties between one million and two million people, and decreased this ratio due to migration during the period of the nineties and the subsequent wars and economic conditions and political poor, also migrated in large numbers of Christians abroad after 2003.
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