24 October 2016
Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib, mother superior of St James Monastery
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
On October 24, Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov received Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib, mother superior of St James Monastery in Qara, Syria, who arrived in Moscow at the invitation of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS).
The officials conducted a detailed exchange of opinions on the developments in Syria, focusing on Christians’ problems and the humanitarian situation. Mr Bogdanov reiterated Russia’s readiness to facilitate a peaceful settlement in Syria as soon as possible with the simultaneous continuation of an uncompromising fight against the terrorists that have entrenched themselves on Syrian territory. Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib highly praised Russia’s efforts to help Syria solve its urgent humanitarian problems, including humanitarian convoys from government agencies and NGOs, such as the IOPS.