U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement praising the recent decision by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani to put the Ainkawa District of Erbil under the administrative control of its Christian residents, giving them the right to nominate civic leaders, appoint officials, manage their own security and more.

“I am glad to see this recent decision by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani to put the Ainkawa District of Erbil under the administrative control of its Christian residents. President Barzani is a true leader for freedom. This is an important step forward in the fight for religious freedom in the Middle East and I am thankful for the welcoming nature and continued partnership of the Kurdish people.”

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