The activities of the National Meeting “Mediation and Reconciliation: Experiences and Certificates” were held today by the Syrian Private University of Antioch and the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue at the Sheraton Damascus Hotel.
The three-day meeting will discuss experiences and testimonies in reconciliation, mediation, active citizenship, women's rights, activating their role and the role of youth in rebuilding the homeland to conclude its work at the University of Antioch in Maaret Sednaya.
Minister of Awqaf Dr. Mohammed Abdul Sattar al-Sayyed said in a speech that Syria is the cradle of civilizations, where Muslims and Christians live as partners.
The minister said that the meeting aims to reinforce the great efforts made by Christian clerics and Islamic scholars in the field of reconciliation in various parts of the country, stressing that "reconciliation is with those who have been misled exclusively and not with those who betrayed the homeland."
Al-Sayyed said: `` In the Ministry of Awqaf, we presented a modern and comprehensive new interpretation of the Holy Quran to fight extremist thought, atonement, abolition of the other and consecrate the principle of citizenship.He pointed out that the scholars stood behind their army, their homeland and their leadership and killed dozens of them during the terrorist war on Syria.
In turn, Saint Ignatius Ephrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, considered the supreme head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the world that the title of the meeting is a "permanent need".
Patriarch Avram II pointed out that the reconciliation process should be built on the foundations of true tolerance. Rebuilding Syria must begin with rebuilding the human being with the importance of targeting the early childhood and youth groups who have suffered the repercussions of the terrorist war on their country while laying solid scientific foundations for how to promote society. Along with efforts to recycle the wheel of industry, economy and construction. ”
For his part, the President of the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue Rev. Dr. Riyad Jarjour pointed out that the meeting aims to cooperate in promoting reconciliation in the face of the repercussions of the crisis and challenges and foreign conspiracies on Syria and to gather good wills in order to enhance the concept of citizenship and community participation to build the future and thwart plans to undermine Syria and its unity. .
The President of the Private University of Antioch, Dr. Rakan Razzouk, pointed out the importance of the meeting in exchanging views and presenting experiences of reconciliation and the need for efforts to spread the culture of brotherhood and reconciliation and that the voice of citizenship and the country overrides any other voice.