Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani sends his best wishes to Christians celebrating the Babylonian-Assyrian New Year, Akitu. Below is the full congratulatory message.
I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the Assyrians, Syriacs and Chaldeans in Kurdistan, Iraq and around the world who celebrate Akitu, the Babylonian-Assyrian New Year.
I hope this celebration will bring prosperity, hope and stability to the people of Kurdistan and around the world who are currently facing hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Once again on this occasion, I would like to stress the importance of cooperation and coordination of all communities in Kurdistan with the relevant authorities in tackling the corona outbreak. All of us need to follow the protective measures until we overcome this difficult time.
And as always, the Kurdistan Region will remain the cradle of tolerance, coexistence and grace. Our fellow Christian citizens are an ancient community of our country and an important part of this culture of tolerance and coexistence. It is imperative to safeguard and strengthen their communities.
I wish all Christians a Happy Akitu and hope that future celebrations will be held in better circumstances and in peace and prosperity.
May God protect Kurdistan and its people and the people of the entire world.
Kurdistan Region President