2019-11-25 20:28:00

Interreligious Council of Russia calls on int'l community to restore Middle East's holy sites

Moscow, November 25, Interfax - The Interreligious Council of Russia has expressed hope that the international authorities and the global community will do their utmost to restore the holy sites in the Middle East.

"We call on political leaders to make well-considered and wise decisions. We call on all people of good will to join the restoration of the holy sites of Syria, Iraq, and other countries of the region," the council said in a statement adopted following its session on Monday.

While recognizing that the Middle East's religious map has lost its diversity, the council members expressed hope that "the world leaders will exercise the will to preserve the Middle Eastern holy sites that are so dear to the hearts believers of the major religions all over the world," the statement said.

The Interreligious Council of Russia, established on December 23, 1998, unites the heads and members of Russia's leading religious organizations. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia is its honorary chairman.