Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Patriarch John X (Yazigi) of Antioch and All the East


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On December 5, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Patriarch John X (Yazigi) of Antioch and All the East, who is in Moscow on a visit.

They discussed the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa with an emphasis on the situation in Syria. A particular attention was paid to the situation of the Christian population, which has become a target of violent attacks and harassment by international terrorists and extremists. In this context, the sides noted the necessity of consolidating the efforts of the world community to combat terrorism on the basis of international law and the centuries-old traditions of interethnic coexistence in the region.

Mr Lavrov reaffirmed Russia’s consistent line on combatting terrorism as well as reaching a political settlement in Syria through inclusive intra-Syrian negotiations, while preserving the country’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity.