Iraqi Muslims, Christians pray for calm in north
KIRKUK, Iraq (AFP) — IRAQI Muslim leaders have joined their Christian counterparts for prayers at a church in Kirkuk, in a public bid to ease tensions in the disputed northern city.
'Christians and Muslims have gathered together here in Kirkuk, which has suffered from deadly violence that has scared us all in recent weeks,' said Louis Sakho, Chaldean archbishop of Kirkuk, scene of deadly unrest last month.
'It is appropriate for Christians and Muslims to pray together for peace and stability in our country and our city, which has been shocked by recent events.'
He said he hoped to hold similar prayers in Sunni and Shi'ite mosques in future, 'to have a firm and true fraternal stand for peace, stability and security in our city.'
Adnan Sayid Fattah Agha, the head of the Kurdish Kakiyah tribe, noted the event 'brought us back to the original reality - Muslims, Christians, Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen together.'