His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor George Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar in Belgium, France and Luxembourg, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
His Beatitude Syriac Catholic Patriarch Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan also participated in the conference and attended the welcome reception along with clergy and representatives of political parties from Iraq.
The opening speech was delivered by His Excellency MEP Lars Adaktusson who stressed that the atrocities committed against Christians in Iraq and the Nineveh Plains should be recognized as a genocide. Moreover, their Excellencies Josef Weidenholzer, Javier Nat and Pieter Omtzigt spoke also about the situation of the Christians in Iraq and the need to help them survive and remain in their homeland.