Syria's Moslems, Christians Should Fight against Terrorism Together: Patriarch Kirill

MOSCOW- Followers of various religions in Syria should act together against extremism and terrorism, which contravene the ideas and postulations of any religion, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill said on Tuesday as he met with the Grand Mufti of Syria, Sheikh Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun, Itar Tass reported.

"Quite frequently, terrorists resort to the believably religious arguments for justifying their unlawful actions and this distorts the fundamental principles of the Islamic religion," Moscow Patriarch said. "That’s why all the sound forces representing Islam should stand up to oppose them and, naturally, Christians should take part in this [fight] as well, since Syria has a large enough Christian community, he added," according to Tass.

 "I think troubleshooting of extremism is very important," he went on. "We must do our best to ensure that no one will be able to use terrorist methods on Syrian soil for pursuing political objectives ever again."

Kirill recalled that the Russian government’s initiative to throw the shoulder into the struggle with terrorism on Syrian territory found support among the Russian religious quarters.

"The Russian Orthodox Church and the Islamic community in Russia are taking part in humanitarian aid to your people," he said. "We think it’s our brotherly duty. It’s important to note this aid is provided both unilaterally and in the interreligious format, in which both Orthodox believers and Moslems send the relief supplies together."

He said he praised Sheikh Ahmad Hassoun’s recommendation to consign humanitarian aid to Aleppo where it was highly needed.

"You may well know we sent it there but our humanitarian action irritated the terrorists too much and the group [distributing it in Syria] underwent shelling," Kirill said. "The terrorists unmasked themselves. They were irritated by the very fact someone had sent aid, foodstuffs to their victims."

"This kind of conduct on the part of those who label themselves as fighters for Syria’s bright future sheds light on their true face," Kirill said. "They don’t fight for the bright future. They are terrorists pursuing their own aims and using these disgusting methods."

On his part, Syria's Grand Mufti said that Syria is fighting terrorism on behalf of the entire world, pointing out that the terrorists came to Syria from more than 100 countries.

"Most countries didn't understand what happened and didn't learn the lesson that if the terrorists have succeeded, the fire would have extended to reach all countries of the world," the mufti added, according to SANA.