The vice-President was well prepared, and spoke of his recent visits to Mosul and Nineveh in north Iraq and his meetings with Assyrians there.
Since 2003 more than 50% of Assyrians have fled Iraq (report), an exodus caused by a low-grade genocide against the Assyrians perpetrated by Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites (report). Iraq’s Assyrian population has decreased from 1.4 million in 2003 to 700,000 today. Most of the Assyrians fled to Syria and Jordan, where they comprise nearly 40% of the refugees, even though they are only 6% of Iraq’s population.
Mr. Biden summarized recent discussions he had Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki and Nujaifi, a sunni member of parliament, in which he told them „attacks on minorities and Christians will not be tolerated.“ He stated both Maliki and Nujaifi’s views on Democracy are similar, saying „Democracy is welcome [sic] so long as it pertains to their religious sect and does not benefit others.“
Mr. Biden invited Assyrian leaders to Washington and asked for solutions to the problems Assyrians face in Iraq.
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