ASIA/IRAQ - Christian and Muslim leaders in Kurdistan celebrate together the "day of tolerance"

Erbil - A "day of tolerance" was celebrated in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, on Thursday, November 19, at the initiative of local and international organizations, starting from the UN mission in Iraq. The meeting, held in the Abdullah conference room, was marked by speeches and reports focused on the promotion of respect and dialogue between faiths and cultures as an antidote to seizures and sectarian conflicts that are tearing the Middle East apart. Among others, the meeting was also attended by Mgr. Bashar Warda C.SS.R., Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil, and Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, along with a large group of parliamentarians and leaders of Islamic and Christian communities in the region.
The conference intended to reaffirm the need to protect and to ensure, through appropriate legislative measures, civil coexistence among ethnic and religious groups and full equality of all citizens before the law, fighting simultaneously sectarian drifts through the care of education given in schools to the younger generations.