President Bashar al-Assad on Monday received Patriarch John X Yazigi, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East.
President al-Assad congratulated Patriarch Yazigi on his inauguration as Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, wishing him luck in his new position and lauding the historic role of the Orthodox Church in spreading messages of amity, good and tolerance in the world in general and in Syria in particular.
President al-Assad lauded the high national sense of the Orthodox Church and its essential role in consecrating national unity in the face of the attack targeting Syria which aims to tear apart the unified Syrian fabric and Syrians' coexistence values.
For his part, Patriarch Yazigi voiced strong confidence that Syria will emerge victorious from the current crisis, stressing the importance of Syrians' adherence to their unity and national standards to reach victory.
He wished that security, safety and peace will prevail in Syria so that it may return to being a country of good and amity as it always were and always will be, affirming that all Syrians are one family and the Syrian people are one no matter how difficult the circumstances become.