Patriarch Of Antioch Sides With Assad Against Sanctions
(AGI) Rome -- The Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Gregory III Laham, sided with Bashar al-Assad opposing sanctions on Syria. Speaking at a conference organised in Rome by the Bocca della Verita' cultural centre, the head of the Syriac orthodox church said that possible sanctions against Damascus would be a form of "neo-colonialism". He also said that the Syrian President is the country's "noblest person", "an intelligent man who only works for the good of his own people". " Assad may not have much political experience, but he is a honest man", the Patriarch added. According to Gregory III, imposing sanctions on Syria would be tantamount to trying to "colonize the country". "The concept itself of sanctions is the most negative concept you can think of, because only the poor would suffer from that. We advise against brandishing the sword of sanctions, because they could only trigger new waves of fundamentalism" the Patriarch warned.