Assad Welcomes New Patriarch of Antioch

Assad Welcomes New Patriarch of Antioch

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Assad_John X YazigiSyrian President Bashar Assad, trying to crush rebels and accused of ordering operations that led to the mass murder of thousands of civilians, including children, had a cordial meeting with new Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X. Yazigi, who replaced Ignatius Hazim as the Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East.

The meeting between the two leaders was held one day after the Patriarch’s enthronement. Patriarch Yazigi during the ceremony of his enthronement gave a speech urging peace across the country. “Assad congratulated the Patriarch for the key role played by the Orthodox Church in maintaining national unity, in the face of the attacks suffered by Syria,” said state news agency SANA.

The Patriarch reportedly said nothing about the slaughter of Assad’s opponents and the President, in return, thanked him for his support and for his “message of peace and love” while killings are still going on.

According to the Daily Star, the {atriarch voiced hope that “Syria, the government and the people, will find the gate of salvation through dialogue and a peaceful political solution to avert violence and re-establish the stability and peace Syria has always known.” Assad, however, has rejected talking to the rebels.

  • The maverik

    What if President Assad is right about crushing the rebels??? Do we know who they are??? Maybe they are insurgents paid by the Iranians and other outside forces to destabilized the country…Maybe,,,Maybe,,,Maybe…We don’t know the inside story of the situation other than what we see in the TV and hear from the news…They said that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, and it turned out to be nothing of this sort…Stories are said but the truth is not known to any other than insiders…Syria will be like Iraq if Assad departs and the same happened in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya…The balance of stability will be replaced by instability and this is what Al Qa’ada wants to step in…The world is changing and fundamentalists are gaining ground to destabilize any place they set foot on…They want to establish their own islamic world and Assad is preventing this from happening at any cost…The war in Syria is not about power more than preserving life from destruction by islamists…

  • Guest

    So true