The patriarch of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church Louis Raphael Sako has called for establishing a moderate regime that respects the human and religious values, criminalizes the inflammatory religious discourse and eliminates corruption.
In a speech he delivered Monday on the occasion of New Year, Sako said the sympathy and compassion we witnessed after what we have gone through was consoling and encouraging.
We have to achieve unity with open and loving hearts to overcome challenges, especially that people are ready to cooperate with the current government after declaring victory over ISIS, he noted.
Sako also hailed the role of moderate marja'iyyas that rejects the exclusion of others.
Earlier, the patriarch of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church appealed for international protection to help Iraqi Christians displaced by war return to their homes.
Tens of thousands of Christians fled northern Iraqi towns in 2014 as ISIS terrorist group seized second city Mosul and swathes of the surrounding Nineveh province.