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Aleppo (Agenzia Fides) - "We Christians of Syria and the Middle East do not like any speeches that make differences between us and Muslims when justice, peace and aid to those in need are at stake. Who makes these differences, feeds fanaticism and extremism". This is how Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, Antoine Audo SJ, comments the statements and the provisions of USA President Donald Trump, who recently recognized the reception of Syrian Christian and Middle Eastern refugees in the United States as a "priority", just before the closure of borders for citizens of seven countries with a Muslim majority.
"The measures and laws" refers the Chaldean Bishop to Agenzia Fides "must be fair and must be applied equally to all, without discrimination. And as Christians, we ask to be helped not to emigrate, but to have peace in our Countries, in order to continue our life and our witness in the land where we were born".
About the current state of Aleppo, Bishop Audo recognizes that "certainly there is now more security, but the future is marked by the solutions that lie ahead for all of Syria. I seem to perceive a change in the approach by the international community. It is understood that there is no military solution to the problem of Syria, only a political solution, with the involvement of all". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 31/01/2017)