Pope Francis on Sunday visited Erbil, the capital of northern Iraq’s Kurdish area, as a part of his present go to to the Arab nation.
The pontiff was welcomed upon arrival by President of the Kurdish Regional Authorities (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani and Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, based on the state tv.
“I’m honored to obtain Pope Francis in Erbil,” Nechirvan Barzani wrote on Twitter following his assembly with the pontiff. “We reiterate our lasting dedication to peace, non secular freedom and fraternity.”
After the assembly, the 84-year-old pontiff flew to Mosul to wish for the victims of battle within the devastated northern Iraqi metropolis that was as soon as captured by the Daesh/ISIS terror group.
Francis can be scheduled to go to the Christian city of Bakhdida, also referred to as Qaraqosh, within the northern Nineveh province.
The Pope is about to return to Erbil on Sunday afternoon to carry a mass for almost 10,000 attendees on the Franso Hariri Stadium.
On Saturday, Pope Francis held a historic assembly with Iraq’s prime Shia cleric Ali Al-Sistani within the southern Najaf metropolis.
Francis arrived in Baghdad on Friday the place he individually met Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and President Barham Saleh in addition to different authorities and non secular Iraqi figures.
*Ahmed Asmar in Ankara contributed to this report