Thursday, October 16, 2008

Iran condemns the persecution of Iraqi Christians

I was so very pleased to see this generous and forceful statement in support of the Iraqi Christians who have suffered so much persecution and displacement. This was a great and sincere gesture by the government of Iran and I do very much appreciate it. I'd like to see the global western "mainstream media" more widely report supportive and peace making gestures such as these instead of endlessly repeating unproductive rhetoric. My thanks to the Iranian embassy in Baghdad and I hope they in return reside there in peace.

Iran Condemns Attacks on Christians in Iraq

Iran's Embassy in Baghdad on Thursday slammed in a statement the recent terrorist attacks on Iraqi Christians in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

The statement referred to Mousl's October 14-15 bombings as "measures against humanity." According to reports, at least a dozen people were wounded in a series of bomb explosions on Tuesday and Wednesday in Mosul, 390 km north of Baghdad, and at least two insurgents were killed in clashes with police.

More than 1,000 Christian families have left the city in recent days after the attacks which US forces blame on al-Qaeda.

The statement said that the attacks were "inhuman measures carried out in line with enemies' moves to cause tension, undermine the country's security, damage the political trend and position of the Iraqi democratic government and to destroy national unity." "Enemies of Iraq's political trend and democracy will not be able to harm solidarity between minorities and other tribes and damage the country's national unity," the statement stressed.

Shortly after the terrorist attacks, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has sent a delegation to Mousl consisted of seven ministers of his cabinet including ministers of defense and migration to watch over situation of the fled Christians and prepare necessary grounds for their return.

---> Iran-Iraq-Embassy