DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, John X Yazigi, led on Thursday thanksgiving prayer at the Patriarchal Monument at the Mariamete Cathedral in Damascus.
Later, Minister of Presidential Affairs, Mansour Azzam, upon the directives of President Bashar al-Assad, congratulated Patriarch Yazigi being elected a successor for late Patriarch Ignatius Iv Hazim at the Cathedral in Damascus.
Minister Azzam expressed wishes of success for Patriarch Yazigi in serving the Patriarchate.
In a speech, Patriarch Yazigi said, “We have lived on this land and we will live with our Muslim bothers and cooperate with them to serve humankind and humanity, rejecting all forms of western interference in our homeland.”
Grand Mufti of the Republic, Dr. Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, also congratulated Patriarch Yazigi.
The Grand Mufti stressed that Syria is the cradle of heavenly messages and from Syria messengers preached belief to the whole world.
He called on the Syrians to work as one hand for security and stability to be restored.
Russia’s Ambassador in Damascus Azmatullah Kulmohammadov congratulated Patriarch Yazigi.
The Russian Ambassador stressed that Russia exerts all efforts possible to realize peace in Syria and enhance national unity. (F.L/Mazen)