The Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch H.B. Gregorios III Laham is currently in New York and and on Monday 5th he had a meeting with the outgoing president of the U.N. Security Council, Nigerian Ambassador H. E. Prof. U. Joy Ogwu. The Patriarch took the opportunity to explain the reality of the suffering endured by the Syrian people as a result of the senseless war that displaced millions and claimed the lives of a tens of thousands.
The BBC (British Broadcasting Cooperation) reports that the US will allow the NATO-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) created “opposition” SNC (Syrian National Coalition) to open a diplomatic mission in Washington, also the US state department is to provide an additional $27m (£16m) in non-lethal assistance, and the stepping up of deliveries to the Free Syrian Army. Britain is also providing more financial aid to rebels. It should be recalled that the current head of the “opposition” SNC (Syrian National Coalition), Ahmed al Jarba, recently made a celebratory visit to the armed rebels, including al-Qaeda affiliates, who seized control of the Syrian border town of Kessab. This Christian Armenian town was subjected to an appalling attack and its residents have had to flee now the rebels are involved in the systematic looting to the town.
Al Mayadeen reporter Nizar Abboud interviews Patriarch Gregoros in New York.
In Arabic only.