A Brazilian parliamentary delegation, headed by Senator Fernando de Milo, the Chairman of the foreign affairs and national defense committee at the Brazilian Senate, visited Homs on Monday, inspecting the old souks, the Saint Mary Church of the Holy Belt, the Forty Martyrs Church and the Ghassaniya school.
Members of the delegation also inspected restoration works in the covered souk and al-Qaysarya in the old city of Homs.
De Milo expressed his appreciation for the atmosphere of recovery in Syria, contrary to what western media show, noting the efforts of the Homs Governorate’s authorities to restore normal life to the city. He said that the delegation will convey the real image of the situation in Syria to the Brazilian public opinion.
Members of the delegation condemned the sabotage that affected the city at the hands of terrorists, particularly the holy places, considering that these terrorist acts have aimed to abolish the Syrian history.
De Milo said that Brazil hosts four million and a half citizens of Syrian origin who contribute to building the country.
He added that Brazil is ready to support Syria in the reconstruction process and in achieving peace.
For his part, Father Tony Sabha of Saint Mary Church of the Holy Belt briefed the delegation on the history of the church, which is considered the third oldest church in the world, dating back to the first Christian century. He said that the church has the holy belt of Virgin Mary.
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