The delegation is traveling to Baghdad first and will then visit Irbil. (REUTERS/Saad Shalash)
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Visiting the Kurdish capital Irbil, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai called Wednesday on the international community to help Iraq's minorities, asking the country's Christians to stick to their roots and not leave the country.Rai arrived in Irbil earlier on Wednesday heading a delegation of Christian religious figures to show support to the thousands of Christians displaced by the advance of Islamist militants.The National News Agency reported that Rai received a promise from the Kurdish authorities that Christians will be protected "until the last drop of blood". The delegation, which includes Greek Melkite Patriarch Gregory III Laham, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Joseph Younan and Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem, left the airport directly for the Chaldean Catholic Church, which is housing Christian refugees.
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