France offers asylum to Mosul's Christians

"We are ready, if they wish, to facilitate their asylum on our soil," France's foreign and interior ministers said in a joint statement

France offers asylum to Mosul's Christians

World Bulletin/News Desk

France said on Monday it was ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by the ISIL militants now ruling the region to either convert, pay a religious levy or face death.

ISIL seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month, prompting hundreds of Christian families in Mosul to flee a city which has hosted the faith since its earliest years.

"We are providing aid to displaced people fleeing from the threats of Islamic Sate and who have sought refuge in Kurdistan. We are ready, if they wish, to facilitate their asylum on our soil," France's foreign and interior ministers said in a joint statement.

"We are in constant contact with local and national authorities to ensure everything is done to protect them."

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki earlier this month condemned the treatment of the Christians and instructed a government committee to help those made homeless. However, he has not said when the army might try to win back control of Mosul.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Temmuz 2014, 16:16

Muhammed Öylek

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