President al-Assad meets Patriarch Kirill, stresses historical relations between Syria and Russia
President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday received Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, who expressed his great happiness to visit Syria “the cradle of civilizations and religions.”
Patriarch Kirill said his visit came to stress the solid relations between the Russian and Syrian peoples and in light of the great position Syria enjoys historically and religiously.
He applauded the diversity he witnessed in Syria which is marked by amity, fraternity and cooperation, saying that Syria constitutes a model of Christian-Islamic fraternity for all the world.
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia voiced hope that the Syrian people will overcome the crisis their country is going through and that Syria “will remain the country of love and peace.”
President al-Assad, for his part, expressed appreciation to the Patriarch and the Russian people and leadership for their standing by the Syrian people, underlining the importance of the historical relationship between the two friendly countries.
The President said that Syria, which has played an important role throughout history in spreading the holy religions and the culture of love and fraternity all over the world, continues to play this role by virtue of its history and position in the Middle East and the world.