The Russian Orthodox Church called spiritual leaders around the world to help rebuild Syria

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Spiritual leaders of different religions from all over the world must coordinate their efforts to assist in the recovery of the terrorists destroyed churches, mosques and other targets in Syria and Iraq and establishing peace in that country, said Wednesday the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk at the interfaith summit in Astana.

Armed conflict in Syria lasts since 2011. At the end of 2017, it was announced victory over the banned in Russia by the terrorist group ISIS* in Syria and Iraq. In some areas of Syria with the assistance of videoconferencing continue to sweep from the militants. At the moment the most important is a political settlement, restoration of Syria, and the return of refugees.

«From this rostrum, I would like to encourage all members of our forum to unite efforts for post-war reconstruction of Syria and Iraq. These countries are the guardians of ancient religious and cultural heritage, most of all suffered from actions of terrorists», — said Metropolitan Hilarion, speaking at the VI Congress of leaders of world and traditional religions in Kazakhstan.

According to him, in Syria and Iraq destroyed hundreds of churches and mosques, thousands of people deprived of shelter and food, destroyed hospitals and schools. «In order that civilians could return to their home countries, they need guarantees of security, jobs, social infrastructure,» — said the Bishop.

The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church also called for the «joining forces, religious leaders, political and scientific communities in joint opposition to harmful phenomena». «I am sure that our constructive dialogue will be the best answer to the terrorists abandoned the call, if will be in one spirit and in one mind», — said the Metropolitan.

*A terrorist organization banned in Russia

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