US government: Protection of Iraq’s religious minorities is priority

US government: Protection of Iraq’s religious minorities is priority
Ninewa- A US embassy delegation visits the historic saint Hormiz monastery, 2019  Photo: US General Consulate Facebook Page

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The US government has reaffirmed its commitment to working with all the religious minorities in Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region.

The US stance was declared in a joint statement by US Consul General in Erbil Steve Fagin and US Special Representative for Minority Assistance Programs Max Primorac published on Monday May 20.

“We will continue to coordinate and work closely with our local partners and community leaders to implement and monitor current and new U.S.-funded programs throughout the country regardless of any changes in our operating status”, the statement read.

The statement emphasized that “protecting the rights of all religious minorities is a priority of the President, Vice President and Secretary of State of the United States.”

The US officials indicated that the United States is “making investments specifically to help persecuted ethnic and religious minorities in northern Iraq return home and repair their communities.”

“We have had many opportunities to meet with our local partners and fund important projects in Qaraqosh, Karamles, Bashiqa, Sheikhan, Telskuf, Lalish, Alqosh, Sinjar, Mosul, and other locations”, the statement added.

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