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Patriarch Laham: First and Only Allegiance Is to Syria in Rejection of any Foreign Interference

Patriarch Gregorios III Laham of Antioch and All The East said the first and only allegiance is to Syria, stressing rejection of any form of foreign interference from whatever party.

Speaking at Christmas and Patriotism Prayer held on Tuesday evening at al-Zaitoun Church, His Beatitude said the Syrians are able to resolve their problems and differences by themselves in their civilized manner known throughout history.

“We are working for accord, co-existence and human respect and acceptance of others,” added Patriarch Laham at the Prayer held for the sake of Syria and its people, which witnessed the participation of heads of the Christian churches in Syria.

“Every Syrian blood is valuable and precious to God,” said the Patriarch in particular reference to the victims who fell in the events and all those who are in pain and sorrow.

He pointed out that the Syrian Church stands by Syria for it to remain strong, united, steadfast and stable.

For His part, Mar Ignatius, the Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, prayed to God to unite the Syrians in amity which surpasses all differences, voicing confidence in the Syrians’ ability to emerge from the crisis with united hearts and intertwined hands to give the world a model of civilized co-existence.

Bishop Luqa al-Khouri, deputy Patriarch of the Roman Orthodox Church in Syria and Lebanon, said “This Prayer was for the peace of Syria and for its president and national unity. It was a message to the world that nobody can separate us as Muslims and Christians living in a sacred land.”

Font: Syriaonline.sy