Almost the entire territory of Syria, including historic Christian regions, has been liberated from terrorists, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said, stressed the importance of restoring peace to enable refugees of all faiths to return home, RT informs.
“The situation in Syria is gradually changing. The Syrian armed forces, supported by the Russian military, have liberated from terrorists almost the whole territory of the country, including historic Christian regions,” Putin said on Monday at a meeting with the heads of Orthodox Christian congregations. According to Putin, Moscow will help restore holy sites not only of Syria’s Christians, but also Muslims and Jews.
“We will help also the members of other faiths, including Muslims, who, as we are well aware of, have also suffered greatly at the hands of bandits, terrorists and radicals. We will also help Jews, a number of organizations have already reached us with a call for help in restoration of Judaic holy sites.” Putin stressed.
Russia’s president reiterated the importance of a working group created by the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches. The workgroup’s goal is to list the destroyed temples in Syria in preparation for their reconstruction. The return of the Christian population, as well as of the refugees of other faiths, might play the crucial role in restoration of peaceful life in the war-torn country, Putin stressed.
“Over the past few years the Russian state alongside with the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as other religious organizations has provided humanitarian aid to Syria. It’s very important that the peaceful life is established as soon as possible, that the people can return to their homes, begin to rebuild the temples and churches,” Putin noted.