U.S. Renews Call for Release of Syrian Bishops

Halepi_SyriaU.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly renewed Tuesday her government’s call for the release of the two bishops recently kidnapped by gunmen in Syria, following a meeting with Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East John X.
“Connelly condemned in the strongest terms the kidnapping of the patriarch’s brother, Archbishop Metropolitan Paul Yazigi of Aleppo, and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim of Aleppo, and repeats the United States’ call for their immediate release,” a U.S. Embassy statement said.

Yazigi, Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox archbishop, and Ibrahim were kidnapped on April 22 by armed men as they were en route to the northern city from the Turkish border.

The bishops’ precise location and the identity of the kidnappers remain unknown.

Connelly also conveyed the U.S.’ continued support of the Syrian people and underscored the importance of the Geneva communiqué as a basis to realize a peaceful transition through dialogue.

“She reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to a democratic and pluralistic Syria that represents and protects the rights of all its people,” the statement said.

Connelly also stressed the United States’ support for the principle of human and religious rights, including the rights of minorities, and emphasized “the important and enduring role Christians continue and must play in the region in concert with other religious groups.”
(source: dailystar)


  1. They’ve been beheaded by the islamists..I hope I am wrong in this…Attacks against Christians by islamists are on the rise and the world is watching without interfering while the USA is supplying these islamist killers with weapons and millions of USD when Christians are in need of help…Its good for the US to condemn the kidnapping but its not good to interfere…Keeping Diplomatic and good relations with the arab world for the sake of crude oil is important but killing Christians is not that important…When the world will realize that these muslim savages are the cause of wars all over the globe??? When the world will take serious actions to stop these Christian massacres???

  2. It’s Just a Horrifying Attack.
    We Pray for Heavenly Comfort to the victims and their families. May the Pure souls of these Brave Martyrs, who were murdered because of their christian faith, rest in Peace. These innocent civilians are certainly in a much better place in Heaven. May God forgive those that committed this terrorist attack. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the victims & families, as we continue to share the pain from senseless and barbaric attacks by religious extremists in the middle east. Christians continue to be discriminated, attacked, sexually assulted and murdered. Yet they do not fight back, but campaign for equal human rights! But why??? The almighty God teaches us Peace, Forgiveness and love. God will surely avenge the blood of the innocent in due time, because God has Justice.


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