Youhanna al-Yaziji was elected on Monday the new Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch.
He will succeed late Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim, who passed away on December 5. He will be known as Patriarch Youhanna X.
The election was made after a meeting of 20 archbishops at Our Lady of Balamand Monastery on Monday morning.
"We have a lot of work ahead concerning youth affairs and universities," the new patriarch said in a speech at the monastery later on Monday.
"We share the same fate with our Muslim brothers and we will work together," he vowed.
"Our confidence in our people is very deep and our path is the path of the cross," Yaziji added.
Answering a reporter's question, the patriarch stressed that "Christians will remain in Syria and it is their land."
"Our country suffered a lot of difficult periods, but we will stay" in Syria, he added.
"Throughout history, we have always been with all parties and all groups in Syria," Yaziji noted.