Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday received an Armenian delegation headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reports.
During the meeting, the two sides stressed the importance of the deep-rooted historical relations between Syria and Armenia which are based on mutual cultural and civilized heritage, with the two sides asserting the need to enhance these relations continuously to realize the interests of the two countries and the region.
President al-Assad lauded Armenia’s position regarding the crisis in Syria.
President al-Assad noted that the suffering that the Armenian people experienced throughout their history is being experienced today by the Syrian people.
“The Syrian people stretched a helpful hand to my fellow-countrymen, which fled from the Genocide. Syria became a refuge and the second homeland for them. Impunity leads to new crimes. The cruel crimes of the terrorists today prove this. We witnessed new violence, barbarity, due to which millions of Syrians, including tens of thousands of Armenians, are forced to migrate again. The Holy Martyrs Armenian Church in Deir-ez-Zor, enclosing the relics of the Armenian Genocide victims, which became a sanctuary for the Armenians worldwide, also suffered from the terrorists’ atrocities. This creates a symbolic link between the crimes against humanity of the past and present. We are constantly worried about the peaceful population of Syria, including the Armenians and other minorities. In this regard, I would like to express our gratitude to the Syrian authorities for the careful attitude towards the Armenian community and our cultural heritage”, said Nalbandian.