Bashar Assad Meets new Greek Orthodox Leader

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President Bashar Assad met on Monday with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Yuhanna X Yazigi, state media reported, a day after the newly-enthroned leader appealed for dialogue and peace in the war-torn Syria.

"President Bashar Assad welcomed Patriarch Yuhanna X Yazigi," said state news agency SANA.

"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," the agency added.

Assad also congratulated the religious leader on his enthronement, which took place on Sunday in Damascus despite violence in the capital. The embattled president thanked the patriarch for the church's "message of love...and mercy", SANA said.

State television broadcast images of Assad and the patriarch talking and smiling.

On Sunday, the patriarch 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."

A blast on Monday rocked the Qasaa district of Damascus where the patriarch was enthroned, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Comments 4
Missing gabby14 11 February 2013, 20:08

The Patriarch will outlive the griaffe.

Thumb tripoli 12 February 2013, 09:27

lol al kafi humpty dumpty would make bashar sit on a wall then maybe fall down ..lol no seriously something has got to give there are innocent children and women in the middle of all this on both sides and its not right they should suffer. horrendous crimes have been committed so for the mothers who grief the loss of their children]

Thumb andre.jabbour 11 February 2013, 21:21

Big mistake ! The cleric will regret this move, the people won't forget nor forgive!

Thumb tripoli 12 February 2013, 09:28

wonder if the hague will call him for war crimes