Damascus - SANA
The Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East held in Damascus this evening a reception on the occasion of the new year for heads and representatives of diplomatic missions accredited to Damascus at the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George in Damascus.
His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Supreme Head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the world, called in a speech on the heads and representatives of the diplomatic missions accredited in Damascus to transfer the suffering of the Syrian people from the unilateral coercive sanctions imposed by the West on Syria to the international community, stressing that it ignores The international media reports on the suffering of the Syrian people as a result of these sanctions, which contributes to their exacerbation.
Patriarch Aphrem II thanked the heads and representatives of the diplomatic missions for standing by Syria and its people and the support of their countries for the steadfastness of the Syrians during the difficult period it went through, expressing his hope that they would contribute to lifting the unilateral coercive economic measures imposed on Syria as soon as possible, and that the financial aid provided to the displaced would be transferred. Syrians to contribute to the reconstruction and restoration of areas that have been destroyed and vandalized and to facilitate the return of the displaced to their homeland, hoping that peace, stability, security and safety prevail in our country and the whole world.
The Vatican's ambassador to Syria, Cardinal Mario Zenari, affirmed that the meeting today is a good opportunity to exchange views on contributing to alleviating the great suffering of the Syrian people, who were and still want reconciliation, peace and prosperity, because it is our duty, with Syria's absence from the media's radar, to be the voice of Syria in our countries. And on the international scene.
The Swedish Chargé d'Affairs in Damascus, Anne Desmoet, wished that security and peace would soon prevail in Syria, and that it would return to prosperity as it was.
Chargé d'Affaires of the Hungarian Embassy in Damascus, Saba Zubair, expressed the importance of concerted efforts of religious institutions, the local community and governments in creating opportunities to rebuild societies on sound foundations, especially those suffering from crises.
The Brazilian Ambassador to Damascus, Andre Santos, wished that the new year would be a year during which peace and stability would return to Syria and the world.
For his part, the Iranian ambassador to Damascus, Mahdi Sobhani, reaffirmed his country's support for Syria and its support in every way, suggesting that the focus be on lifting sanctions on the Syrian people instead of providing aid, because those who imposed the aggressive and terrorist war on Syria returned to impose an unfair siege on it, and that the ambassadors be Those gathered are ambassadors to convey the voice of the Syrian people to the world.
The reception was attended by a number of ambassadors and charge d’affaires of a number of countries in Damascus, and each of their Eminences, the Metropolitans, the Patriarchal Vicar for Monastic Affairs and the Department of the Theological Seminary, Mor Ephrem Al-Syriani, in Maarat Sednaya, Mor Jacob Papawi, the Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Cyril Papi, and the Patriarchal Secretary and Director of the Media Department, Mor Joseph Bali and the Patriarchal Secretary for Church Affairs in India, Mor Christophoros Marks.
Muhammad Emad Al-Daghli - Reem Heshma
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