2018-06-20 16:51:00

Patriarch Kirill urges UN Secretary-General to help Middle Eastern Christians return home

Moscow, June 20, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has pointed out the plight of Middle Eastern Christians to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

"A vast number of Christians have left Syria, many are leaving Lebanon, and, of course, I consider it very important for Christians to return to both Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, their historical homeland," the patriarch told Guterres in Moscow on Wednesday.

He said he hoped Guterres was aware of the seriousness of the problem, given that the latter had devoted much of his life to the subject of refugees.

For his part, the UN secretary-general admitted that, notwithstanding the attitude towards the regimes that existed in some Middle Eastern countries until recently, and the one that still exists in Syria, they were protecting religious minorities.

Guterres expressed his deep conviction that once the situation in Iraq and Syria has stabilized, Christians should be helped to return there.