Assad to Archbishop of Cyprus: Terrorist Attacks in Syria Aim to Spread Extremist Mentality

President receives Archbishop Chrysostomos II in the Syrian capital for talks on developing relations between Cyprus and Syria

President Bashar al-Assad on Monday said that terrorist attacks in Syria aim to spread extremist hardline Sunni mentality and undermine Syria’s diverse and harmonious social fabric.

Assad’s comments came during a meeting with Orthodox Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II in Damascus, with talks touching on the situation in Syria and developing the unique historical relations between the two countries.

For his part, Chrysostomos II stressed the importance of strengthening his country’s relations with Syria, noting that it’s in the interest of all European states to reconsider their relations with Damascus and lift the unjust embargo which exasperates the Syrians’ suffering.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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