John X Patriarch of Antioch meets with President of Cyprus

John X Patriarch of Antioch meets with President of Cyprus

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August 29 -2016

His Beatitude John X, the Patriarch of Antioch and the entire east met the president of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiaziz at the presidential palace in Nicosia. The meeting took place in the presence of His Beatitude Chrysostom II of Cyprus, and His Eminence Chrystophorus of Carpacia.

During the meeting, they discussed the general situation in the region, and that of the Christians in the Middle East. His Beatitude heard from his Excellency of the latest news of the issue of Cyprus, and the attitude of Cyprus of what is going on in the region, the crises, calamities, in specific the Syrian crisis which is blowing off all the components of society. He emphasized the importance of finding a horizon of a peaceful political solution for the crisis and the deep historic relationships between the two states of Cyprus and Syria.

His Beatitude stressed the importance of the relationships with the people of Cyprus, and the unity of the island and the importance of co-existence among all religions in the east, and the refusal of terror and extremism. He hinted to the necessity of serious attempts to lift economic unjust blockade off Syria, with other economic sanctions that are fighting the Syrians in their food, life, and survival. His Beatitude emphasized settlement in Lebanon and the constitutional vacancy in the presidential position.

His Beatitude discussed the issue of the two kidnapped bishops of Aleppo John Ibrahim & Paul Yazigi emphasizing serious attempts in that regard since the issue has started its fourth year amidst international unjustified silence.

SOURCE: Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East 

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