“Iraq is keen to build strong and developed relations with all countries on the basis of common interests,” he said, praising the role of the Vatican in supporting Iraq and establishing a culture of love, tolerance and harmony among peoples.
President Saleh paid tribute to the pope, Pope Francis, wishing him good health. He called on His Holiness to visit Iraq and hold a conference on interfaith dialogue in the historic city of Ur.
The meeting also discussed ways to develop relations between the two friendly countries, expand the horizons of joint cooperation in all fields, discuss the situation of Christians in Iraq, maintain their presence and participation in building their country, and the importance of continuing the international community’s support for Iraq’s efforts to rebuild areas inhabited by Christians and components. Others that have suffered the scourge of terrorism.
For his part, Cardinal Barrolin conveyed the greetings of His Holiness Pope Francis to the President of the Republic, stressing the Vatican’s keenness to strengthen ties with Iraq at various levels, praising the peaceful co-existence among Iraqis of different faiths and religions.
In a press conference held by the Vatican’s Prime Minister after the meeting, he noted that his visit to Iraq is an embodiment of the sympathy and support of His Holiness Pope Francis with all Iraqis and stand by them and his keenness to strengthen ties with Iraq in various fields.