- Title: France's Macron meets with Christians in Iraq's Mosul
- Date: 29th August 2021
- Summary: VARIOUS OF VIEW OF EXTERIOR 'OUR LADY OF THE HOUR' CHURCH DAMAGED DURING WAR WITH IS VARIOUS OF MACRON WALKING WITH DELEGATION OUTSIDE CHURCH VARIOUS OF MACRON AND DELEGATION LOOKING AT PANELS DISPLAYING INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHURCH MACRON AND DELEGATION ENTERING CHURCH VARIOUS OF MACRON SPEAKING TO REPRESENTATIVES OF IRAQ'S CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES MACRON SEATED INSIDE CHURCH AND SPEAKING TO DELEGATION AND REPRESENTATIVES OF IRAQ'S CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "The question is how do we, together, work on preventing the causes (of religious fundamentalism) and manage for women and men, the youth, do not join this ideology. I am speaking about ideology rather than religion because these are people who hijacked religion. I think that there are different ways to do that. And you have just spoken to me about this. What is striking when you see the landscape and the city, is that the youth is thriving, there is a strong demography." VARIOUS OF SECURITY FORCES GUARDING EXTERIOR OF CHURCH VARIOUS OF WALLS OF CHURCH SHOWING SIGNS OF IMPACT FROM BULLET AND SHRAPNEL VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF CHURCH
- Embargoed: 12th September 2021 10:49
- Keywords: France Iraq Macron mosque
- Location: MOSUL, IRAQ
- City: MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Middle East,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003ESC0Y13
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:French President Emmanuel Macron on the second day of his visit to Iraq headed to Mosul where he visited 'Our Lady of the Hour Church' and met with representatives of Iraq's different Christian communities.
Macron visited the church and its courtyard, still bearing the traces of bullets and damage inflicted by Islamic State during its brutal three-year rule over the city of Mosul, its last stronghold.
During a meeting with the Christian community, Macron discussed the origin of the emergence of Islamic State.
"The question is how do we, together, work on preventing the causes" Macron said, adding that he would welcome suggestions on schools that France could finance and develop in Mosul.
Macron, on his second official visit to Iraq since he took office, landed in Baghdad on Saturday (August 28) where he attended the Baghdad summit bringing Middle Eastern leaders together and which his country co-organised.
On the second and final day of his trip, Macron visited Mosul before heading to Erbil, the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
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