The Ecumenical Patriarch relied on the success of the military operations in Afrin

© AP Photo / DHA Depo Photos/Can Agoco time the Turkish military operation Olive branch against the Kurdish enclave. 28 Jan 2018The Ecumenical Patriarch relied on the success of the military operations in Afrin© AP Photo / DHA Depo Photos/Can Erok

. Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople sent a message to President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and wished success of the operation «Olive branch», according to Anadolu Agency.

The message expresses hope that the operation will contribute to the restoration of peace in Syria and peace in Turkey.

«With all my heart pray to Almighty God to «operation Olive branch» gave the opportunity to bring peace to Syria and to remove from the agenda the problem of terrorism, which for decades has not lost its relevance for the world community, and cost the lives of thousands of innocent people,» the document reads.

«Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch» — the title of Primate of the Church of Constantinople, considered first among equals (first in honor) Bishop in the community of the local Orthodox churches. The Patriarchal residence and the Cathedral in the name of the Holy great Martyr George the victorious is located in the Phanar (Istanbul).

Patriarch Bartholomew hopes that the military operation will be able to eradicate terrorism, which «adversely affected and concerned citizens» Turkey’s mainly Kurdish population of the Southeast of the country, and Turkey «will continue to develop rapidly».

«The fact that you confidently oppose the classification of terrorism, caused a great resonance in the international community. We wish success to you personally and the Turkish army, expressed the hope that «operation Olive branch» to bring peace to the region and will hope for a safe future for the people, whose suffering continues for many years», — quotes Agency the words of the head of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

The General staff of the Turkish armed forces on 20 January announced the beginning of «operation Olive branch» against the forces of the Syrian Kurds in the Afrin. Simultaneously with Turkey, the militants of the «free Syrian army». Damascus strongly condemned Turkey’s actions in ‘ afrīn, noting that it is an integral part of Syria. Moscow called on all parties to show restraint and to respect territorial integrity of Syria.