27/10/2013

Syria: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhael Bogdanov

Oct 26,2013

Moscow, (SANA) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhael Bogdanov, discussed with Grand Mufti of the Republic Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun in Moscow the developments in Syria and the region.

A source at the Russian Foreign Ministry said the two sides exchanged viewpoints on the latest developments in Syria and they noted that viewpoints were identical on the risks of attempts aimed at deepening the conflict through fueling confrontations on religious and ethnic bases.

The source added that the two sides stressed their rejection of such attempts and highlighted the importance of developing cultural, social and religious relations between the two countries.

Mufti Hassoun: Syria's return to forefront of international position serves peace

With its return to the forefront of international position, Syria will serve peace, and its victory will mark a victory for peace in the world, Grand Mufti of the Republic, Dr. Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun said.

Mufti Hassoun was speaking during a lecture he delivered at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations on Saturday, attended by Syria's ambassador to Russia, Riyad Haddad.

''Syria's enemies want the scheme played out in Iraq repeated in Syria,'' Hassoun said. ''But Syria won't succumb to this as it realizes the partition they caused in Lebanon twenty years ago. At that time, Syria feared that partition, that's why it went to Lebanon to preserve it as an undivided state.''

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