Appeal for Dialogue and Containment of the Crisis Between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran
Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako
Baghdad, 20 May 2019
The message was sent to both Embassies USA and Iranian in Baghdad
As the tension is increasing in the region and due to our national and ecclesiastical responsibility, we are pleading for the decision makers of the Islamic Republic of Iran (our neighboring country) and the United States of America to adopt wisdom and appeasement in containing the current conflict.
The region cannot tolerate another catastrophic war, in which everyone is the “loser”, especially the innocent and poor people. Therefore, we believe that the dialogue is the only way to promote the actual needs of the region for peaceful coexistence, mutual respect and good relationships between humankinds to achieve stability.
Such dialogue will lead to the peace that the region urgently needs to avoid shedding more blood, but rather to establish security and stability; and to persuade a cultural and economic prosperity for the benefit of people and the development of the country.
We in Iraq, have to be strengthened exclusively by our shared history and unity that urges us to stand firm with the Iraqi Government, as the only legal and official entity in the country.