Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Tuesday hailed Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq and his meeting with Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani.

Both religious leaders agreed on the need to ease the suffering, injustice, oppression, poverty, religious and intellectual persecution, wars, violence and displacement that many have been facing in various countries, especially the Palestinian people in the occupied territories.

The Islamic Resistance noted that in the last two decades, Iraq has been a victim of wars and conflicts as a result of the occupation by the United States and the creation of Daesh (Islamic State), which it described as two faces of the same coin.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Hezbollah (Party of God) considered that the Pope’s visit to Iraq is a starting point for the Arab country to restore its role regionally and internationally, and to strengthen its natural right to sovereignty and stability.

The statement highlighted the key role of religious authorities to confront aggression and occupation, expose terrorism, confirm values of harmony and peaceful coexistence, and peoples’ right to resistance, legitimate defense against occupation and support for their aspirations for freedom and justice.

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