2011-11-14 10:03:00

Patriarch Kirill's visit to Syria will strengthen ties with Russia - al-Assad

Damascus, November 14, Interfax - The visit by the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to Syria will strengthen the Russian-Syrian relations, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said at the meeting with him at his residence in Damascus on Sunday.

"I am convinced that your visit will help strengthen the relations between our countries. And it will facilitate a dialog between various cultures of the representatives of various world religions," al-Assad said.

For his part Patriarch Kirill said he knows Syria and its people very well from his many previous visits to this country as head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations.

"We particularly appreciate the level of the dialog, cooperation and peaceful life of representatives of various religions," the Patriarch said.

In conclusion, he wished peace and prosperity to the entire Syrian people and handed a present to the Syrian president - a chalice made by Urals lapidary masters.