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Holy See Press Office Communiqué: Audience with the President of the Republic of Iraq, 18.11.2023

This morning, in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the President of the Republic of Iraq, His Excellency Mr. Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid, who went on to meet with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by His Excellency Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations.

During the cordial discussions, which took place in the Secretariat of State, confirming the good bilateral relations, topics of common interest were discussed. In particular, the need was reiterated for the Catholic Church in Iraq to be able to continue to carry out its valued mission and for all Iraqi Christians to be a vibrant and active part of society and the territory, particularly in the Nineveh Plain.

In addition, some international issues were discussed, with particular attention to the conflict in Israel and Palestine, and the urgent commitment to peace and stability.