Damascus, SANA- Minister of Religious Endowments (Awqaf) Mohammad Abdelsattar al-Sayyed met on Tuesday an Australian delegation headed by Rev. David Smith.
During the meeting, al-Sayyed affirmed that Syria was exposed during the years of the crisis to a Takfiri Wahhabi campaign that sought to undermine the unity of its people and to create division among them, but the religious institutions in Syria confronted those ideas that are alien to the Syrian society and its values and principles, as Syria forms a model of fraternity, peace, and solidarity among its people throughout history.
He pointed out that the Syrian people, army, and leadership achieved victories due to their steadfastness and their sacrifices, adding that the Takfiri discourse in the region does not represent true Islam.
In turn, Rev. Smith said that what he saw in Syria is different from what had been reported by media outlets which attempt to distort facts and events, affirming that the delegation will convey the truth about the fraternity and tolerance among the Syrians to Australians.
He also hailed the steadfastness of Syrian people in facing terrorism.
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