Damascus, SANA- Grand Mufti of the Republic Ahmad Badr-Eddin Hassoun sent on Tuesday condolence letters to Egyptian religious leaders expressing heartfelt condolences to the Egyptian people over the victims of the terrorist crime committed against Egyptian citizens in Libya recently.
In the letters, which were sent to Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria Tawadros II and Grand Mufti of Egypt Ali Gomaa, Hassoun expressed on behalf of the Syrian government and people solidarity with Egypt and the families of the victims.
In his letter to Pope Tawadros II, Hassoun affirmed that the perpetrators of that heinous crime are the same as those who murdered Syrian children, assassinated Syria’s religious figures, and vandalized its churches and mosques, pointing out that terrorist crimes committed against churches in Aleppo, Homs, Maaloula, and Sednaya and against the Omayyad Mosque in Aleppo prove that their perpetrators are enemies of religions.
In the letter sent to the Mufti of Egypt, Hassoun relayed his strong condolences over the Egyptian people – both civilians and military personnel – who were murdered at the hands of terrorists claiming to be Muslims when in fact they are far removed from the true values of Islam.
He also expressed hope that Egypt will resume its leading role in the region, calling for quick and serious action to reunite the nation’s religious scholars in Egypt where they would stand together against terrorism in Egypt and Syria.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization had released on Sunday a video showing its members murdering 21 Egyptians by beheading in Libya.
Manar al-Freih / Hazem Sabbagh