Revealing his secret visit to Iraq in recent days, Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney Wednesday tweeted "Iraqis love Canada."
Amid packed public events, the Canadian Immigration minister made a secret visit to Iraq in recent days following his visit to Ukraine and Germany this week.
Jason Kenney has become the first Canadian cabinet minister to visit Iraq for more than three decades.
While on his visit to Iraq, the minister met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other Iraqi leaders including Iraq's migration and environment ministers.
Saying that Iraqis love Canada, the minister said that he was warmly welcomed by the country.
"Have received a wonderful, warm welcome. Iraqis love Canada!," tweeted Jason Kenney.
The Canadian immigration minister discussed a wide range of topics with Iraqi government including bilateral trade, migration management and political developments in the country.
The minister also discussed about the minority rights and the situation in Syria.
According to his tweet, the minister attended a Catholic Church ceremony in the country as well.
The number of Christians in the country has reduced notably as many of them have become targets of Islamic militants in the country. Many fled Iraq to escape from the Islamic militants' attack.
The minister is said to have visited a Catholic cathedral in the country in which fifty two worshippers were killed by the militants in 2010.
Canadian government in 2009, vowed to accept some 20,000 Iraqi refugees by 2013. However only around 12,000 have arrived in Canada until now.
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