BRUSSELS, June 29 (KUNA) -- Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for
Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders met in Brussels late Friday with
representatives of the Syrian Orthodox community in Belgium.
According to a Belgian Foreign Ministry statement, the delegation was
accompanied by Father Samuel Gumus, Assistant to the Patriarch of the Syrian
Orthodox Church of Germany.
They discussed the situation of Christians in Syria and expressed serious
concern about the fate of Orthodox Bishops of Aleppo, Bishop Yuhanna and
Ibrahim Boulos Yazigi, kidnapped on April 22, 2013.
On his part, Reynders underlined the necessity of protecting of all
minorities in Syria, it noted.
The Belgian minister also said that various steps were already taken in
this regard and added that he was committed to continue contacts, especially
during his upcoming visit to Turkey on July 1-2. He indicated that would
contact the Turkish authorities and members of the Syrian opposition during
the visit. (end)
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