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17523Bashar Assad Meets new Greek Orthodox Leader

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Feb 12, 2013

      Bashar Assad Meets new Greek Orthodox Leader
      by Naharnet Newsdesk Yesterday

      President Bashar Assad met on Monday with Greek Orthodox Patriarch
      Yuhanna X Yazigi, state media reported, a day after the newly-enthroned
      leader appealed for dialogue and peace in the war-torn Syria.

      "President Bashar Assad welcomed Patriarch Yuhanna X Yazigi," said state
      news agency SANA.

      "Assad congratulated the patriarch for the key role played by the
      Orthodox Church in maintaining national unity, in the face of the
      attacks suffered by Syria," the agency added.

      Assad also congratulated the religious leader on his enthronement, which
      took place on Sunday in Damascus despite violence in the capital. The
      embattled president thanked the patriarch for the church's "message of
      love...and mercy", SANA said.

      State television broadcast images of Assad and the patriarch talking and

      On Sunday, the patriarch voiced hope that "Syria, the government and the
      people, will find the gate of salvation through dialogue and a peaceful
      political solution to avert violence and re-establish the stability and
      peace Syria has always known."

      A blast on Monday rocked the Qasaa district of Damascus where the
      patriarch was enthroned, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human