Syria's Assad sends message to pope


Vatican City (AFP) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sent a message to Pope Francis Saturday, that state media said expressed his determination to defend Syrians of all religions against hardline Islamists among the rebels.

The message was passed on through a Syrian government delegation that held talks at the Vatican with the pontiff’s Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and foreign affairs official Dominique Mamberti.

“The delegation brought a message from President Assad for the Holy Father and explained the position of the Syrian government,” a statement said.

The official Syrian Arab News Agency said Assad expressed his government’s “determination to exercise its right to defend all its citizens, whatever their religion, against the crimes committed by the takfiri (Sunni Muslim extremist) bands who attack them in their homes, in their places of worship and in their neighbourhoods.”


Like the Saddam regime in Iraq, Assad run Syria was and is very tolerant of all Christian denominations. Yet the west chose to arm the Sunni radicals. Way to go Obama/EU…:frowning:


Yes, H Clinton, Obama now Kerry along with France and others backed brutal insurgents that are openly slaughtering Christians. Very sinister, strange, evil and smells of Satan. No wonder Al-Assad would reach out to Pope Francis, his day of prayer a few months back helped avert a killer strike on Syria.


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