The Beirut Metropolis, Greek Orthodox Archbishop, Elias Audi delivered a speech at the second session of the Al-Azhar International Conference in support of Al-Quds held in Cairo, whereby he said “What Israel is trying to do, supported by the recent US resolution, is to highlight a picture of Jerusalem that conflicts with its history, in addition to what it has done during the past decades of urban, demographic and political change to the city’s features.”
“Al-Quds has always been and will always remain in our Christian consciousness, the City of Peace. (…) We are not only looking at Al-Quds as a place, but as a reference that carries a spiritual meaning that transcends the vicissitudes of history and politics and its enmities and wars” Audi said.
“Al-Quds is, just like Lebanon, a place for brothers, Christians and Muslims, to meet. It is a place for coexistence between ideas, cultures and religions. Al-Quds belongs to Christians as much as it belongs to Muslims, and concern for it ought to be common,” he said.
“Let us together declare that Al-Quds is not a political game. Let us all not allow the desire of those who wish to take Jerusalem away from us be stronger than our serious will to restore the city,” Audi concluded.
Source: National News Agency