Primates of the Orthodox Churches of the Middle East met with the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels in order to discuss the burning issue of the turmoil in Syria.
Accompanied by the former Vice Chairperson of the European Parliament, Rodis Kratsas, Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and all Africa, Patriarch Theofilos of Jerusalem and Archbishop Chysostomos of Cyprus, representing at the same time missing Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch, asked all Member-States to protect the rights of the Christian population in the area and act towards bringing peace and security for all the people living in the broader region. During the meeting, the Greek Orthodox primates submitted a commonly signed paper on the protection and promotion of the rights of Christians.
Barroso noted that the EU is closely monitoring all developments in the broader region and continues its work to bring peace to the Middle East. Furthermore, he said that he had visited many Arab countries to date and is well aware of the problems of the Orthodox communities.