Mufti of Syria: the base in Tartus is essential for strong relations between Russia and Syria

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in Photobacterium mufti of Syria Ahmad badreddin Hassoun, during a meeting with an interfaith delegation of religious leaders from Russia to Damascus. 5 Feb 2018Mufti of Syria: the base in Tartus is essential for strong relations between Russia and Syria© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

Russian naval base has to constantly operate in the Syrian Tartus as evidence of strong relations between Russia and Syria, said the Supreme mufti of Syria Ahmad badreddin Hassoun.

«Syria wants to keep this a «garden» in Tartus, called the Russian base to preserve strong relationships and ongoing dialogue between Russia and Syria. This base has been since the days of the late President Hafsa Assad, and it is now, and will be here forever,» — said the mufti of Syria on Wednesday to journalists in Moscow.

Earlier on Tuesday hosted the first 2014 meeting of the Supreme mufti of Syria and the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the Patriarchal residence Danilov.

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