Archbishop Chrysostomos and a Cypriot delegation was on Monday received by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
According to Syrian news agency SANA, talks during the meeting touched on the situation in Syria and the unique historical relations between the two countries and the importance of developing them in all fields.
Chrysostomos stressed the importance of strengthening his country’s relations with Syria which would benefit the people of the two countries, noting that it’s in the interest of all European states to reconsider their relations with Syria “and lift the unjust embargo which exasperates the Syrians’ suffering”, according to SANA.
He also said that “the steadfastness and commitment to the homeland he and the accompanying delegation witnessed during their visit prove that Syrians are moving confidently towards emerging from the crisis and achieving victory over terrorism”.
Assad said that one of the main goals of the unprecedented terrorist attacks on Syria was to undermine the social fabric.
The meeting was attended by Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East John X Yazigi.
Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem also received Archbishop Chrysostomos.
Al-Moallem pointed out to Turkey’s role in training, funding, and arming terrorists from ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and others.
Chrysostomos said he would “relay the truth of what is happening in Syria” and of the suffering and destruction caused to the Syrian people by the actions of Western states which are now reaping the results of those actions.