ASIA/IRAQ - Syriac Orthodox Patriarch meets President Barzani: thank you for having given shelter to Christian refugees

Erbil - A delegation composed of nine Syriac Orthodox, Syrian Catholic and Chaldean Bishops, led by Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Mar Ignatius Aphrem II, was received today Tuesday, June 7 by Masud Barzani, President of the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan, in the presidential Palace in Erbil. During the visit – refer official sources of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate - Patriarch Aphrem thanked the President for having welcomed tens of thousands of Christian refugees fleeing from the territories occupied by the Islamic State , and asked for his help to continue the research of the two Archbishops of Aleppo - Syrian Orthodox Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibahim and Greek Orthodox Boulos Yazigi - abducted in April 2013. President Barzani assured his commitment to welcoming Christian refugees, and to avoid them emigrating abroad.