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Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All East Gregory III Laham said that there won’t be peace in the world unless it is established in Syria and Palestine, calling for a solution in Syria to prevent the crisis spillover from expanding any further.

Speaking to the Lebanese National News Agency on Wednesday, Laham stressed that the Syrian Christians support their state, urging them to remain committed to the Syrians’ unity and steadfastness.

Commenting on President Bashar al-Assad’s recent visit to Maaloula, Laham said“It had a great influence in boosting the morale of the Christians who saw that the Church has come out in one voice in defense of Maaloula.”

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“Since the Arab-Israeli conflict began, there have been wars and crisis in the region for over 65 years,” Laham said.

“Every time a crisis comes, it triggers an exodus of Christians and Muslims, but the case is more evident with the Christians since they are fewer in number,” he added.

The Patriarch said that the Catholic Church has not obtained any information as to the fate of the kidnapped Greek and Syriac bishops of Aleppo, hoping that they will be released very soon.

He considers that turmoil in the Middle East is what worries the Christians most, rebuffing European claims that the Christians in the Middle East are persecuted.

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