2021-09-06 10:43:00

Russian Church concerned about the fate of Christians in Afghanistan

Moscow, September 6, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church is concerned about the situation of Christians in Afghanistan after the Taliban (members of the movement banned in the Russia) came to power and the prospect of exporting terrorism from this country.

"We are concerned about the fate of the few Christians who still remain in Afghanistan, and I think that the right decision for them would be to leave the country," Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, said on the program the Church and the World on the Rossiya 24 TV.

He also expressed concern about how the situation will develop in neighboring states and that terrorism will be exported from Afghanistan to other countries, including Russia. For these reasons, the metropolitan summed up, answering the question of the presenter, there are no reasons for the Russian Orthodox Church to come into contact with the Taliban yet.

At the same time, the hierarch recalled that history has known cases when terrorist organizations turned into political parties and abandoned the methods of terror, as the Irish Republican Army did.

"I'd like to hope that those who have now come to power in Afghanistan will abandon the methods of power struggle that they resorted to in the past, and we pray that, despite everything that has happened, a lasting peace will be established in Afghanistan and in the countries bordering it," Metropolitan Hilarion concluded.