On 19 May, President of Abkhazia Aslan Bzhania, who is on an official visit to Syria, met with the Patriarch of Antioch and all East, Primate of the Orthodox Church of Antioch, John X, reports the correspondent of Apsnypress from Damascus. “We have been watching your visit and your meeting with President Bashar al-Assad. Your arrival is a great honor for us. We wish your state, church and people of Abkhazia peace, joy and all the best, and we are ready to provide your country with any help that you need, connected with Christian and church life,”said John X. Aslan Bzhania said that it was also a great honor for him to meet the Patriarch: “Christianity has great historical roots in Abkhazia and we have a huge number of Christian monuments. As the head of state, I am a believer and our people understand the importance of religion in the modern world. The mission you are carrying out is very important. The Orthodox Christian religion teaches people to love each other and live in peace. This is very important especially when we are threatened by different states,”said the President of Abkhazia. Aslan Bzhania wished the Patriarch good health and Abkhazian longevity. In the end of the meeting, the President of Abkhazia and the Patriarch of Antioch gave gifts to each other.
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