2017-12-05 17:39:00

Patriarch of Antioch thanks Lavrov for Russia's efforts to settle Syrian crisis

Moscow, December 5, Interfax - Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East has praised Russia's efforts in Syria, which helped put an end to terrorism and extremism in that country.

"Over the past two years, with the Russian army's help, terrorism has been destroyed, putting an end to extremism and killings," he said at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday, recalling that the Syrian army has also managed to retake control over all of the territory earlier seized by ISIL (banned in Russia).

"We would like once again to express our gratefulness for Russia's position, Russian involvement in the region's problems, in particular I mean the situation in Syria, and I would also like to thank you for all the assistance that Russia is providing and continues to provide," John X said.

Now Syria is in the middle of the process of finding a peaceful political settlement, in which Russia also is involved, he said.

"I mean the efforts to assist with the negotiating processes in Astana, in Geneva, as well as the event for which preparations are under way, the national dialogue congress in Sochi in the very near future. We very much appreciate this," John X said.