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Europe will not turn its back on the massacres in Iraq
Italy’s Prime Minister Renzi in Baghdad and Erbil

Renzi in Iraq

These days Europe must be here, otherwise it would not be Europe; and if somebody thinks that it will turn its back on the massacres in Iraq and will only think about the spread, either he got the forecast or the presidency wrong. Such is the statement of the President of the Italian Council of Ministers Matteo Renzi, made in the margins of today’s meeting in Baghdad with the Prime Minister designate Haider al-Abadi.

The head of the Italian government and current President-in-Office of the EU Council explained the reason of his journey to Iraq and remembered that Europe is not only about spread and constraints but it was born to defend a certain idea of the world and of the human dignity. During his visit to the Iraqi capital, not only the Italian Prime Minister met the Prime Minister designate Haider al-Abadi, but also the President Fuad Masum and the outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Renzi then reached Erbil, in the Iraqi Kurdistan, where he held talks with the President of the regional government Mas'ud Barzani and the Prime Minister Nechervan Barzani.

Last update: 20 August 2014