British Anglicans visit Syrian officials hours after Western airstrikes

Photo of Michael Langrish, Andrew Ashdown  Giles Fraser, Baroness Cox and Lord Dykes with the Grand Mufti of Syria

The British delegation of Christian leaders meeting with the Grand Mufti of Syria. Tweeted by Giles Fraser

"With the Grand Mufti of Syria - the top Muslim cleric in Syria - in the astonishing Umayyad Mosque in central Damascus talking about how love is stronger than missiles. Very warm greeting despite the bombings."

A visit to the Syrian capital by a group of Christian leaders which had been planned long before this weekend's airstrikes early Saturday morning went ahead in spite of the bombings. 

The ACNS reported that:

The former Bishop of Exeter, Michael Langrish, was amongst a group of British Christian leaders to make a visit to officials in the Syrian capital Damascus hours after airstrikes by the US, UK and France, according to The Daily Telegraph. The group, which also included Anglican priest Andrew Ashdown and south London vicar and columnist Giles Fraser, alongside members of the House of Lords, Baroness Cox and Lord Dykes, met with the speaker of the People’s Council of Syria, Hammouda Youssef Sabbagh, 20 MPs, and the country’s Grand Mufti. The group had made the visit to speak up for local Christians in the country.