His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Gregorios Saliba Chamoun, Patriarchal Counselor, Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, Mor Justinos Paulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Fr. Patrick from Barnabas Fund.
His Excellency President Barzani welcomed His Holiness. His Holiness thanked His Excellency and the Regional Government for the help and facilitation they provide to Iraqi Christians in Erbil and in Iraqi Kurdistan. They also spoke about the inauguration of the Archdiocesan Residence and the role it’ll play in encouraging Christians to stay in the lands of the forefathers.