French parliamentarians visit conflict-ridden Syria
A French parliamentary delegation has paid a visit to the Syrian capital city of Damascus as the Middle Eastern country is grappling with a deadly foreign-sponsored militancy.
In a statement released on Friday, French National Assembly member Thierry Mariani, the head of the five-member delegation, said the trip conveys a message of peace to all the Syrian people.
“We are here for the Easter holidays, and we will come on another visit when peace prevails in Syria,” he said.
The French parliamentarians began their visit at the House of Saint Ananias church in Damascus.
Benjamin Blanchard, another delegation member, said the trip shows the French people’s solidarity with the Syrians, expressing hope that the Syrian army will liberate more areas from the grips of militants.