The Levant News — Members of the French parliamentary delegation currently visiting Syria toured a number of archaeological and historical sites in Homs city and witnessed the destruction and devastation inflicted upon these sites by terrorist organizations.
During their tour of the Old City, Khaled bin al-Waleed Mosque, al-Nouri Great Mosque, the markets, Um al-Zunnar Church, and al- Ghassaniya school, the delegation members expressed their solidarity with the Syrian people and admired the spirit of coexistence and solidarity among the locals in Homs.
Head of the delegation Gerard Bapt, who is the president of the France-Syria Friendship Group in the French Parliament, said the visit aims at showing solidarity with the Syrian people and forming an objective and accurate view about the situation in Syria, noting the reconstruction efforts made by local authorities and that life has returned to most of the city’s neighborhoods.
Bapt stressed delegation’s intention to relay the truth about terrorism and destruction which they had seen firsthand in Homs to the French people and to prepare a detailed report to the French government about the visit.
For his part, Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi briefed the delegation on facts related to the city and its remarkable and diverse social fabric which was one of the reasons behind terrorists targeted it, in addition to informing them about the destruction and devastation occurred to various cultural, economic, and cultural sectors, as well as the systematic campaign of destruction waged by terrorists against the ancient city of Palmyra in the province.
Al-Barazi asserted that the city and most of its countryside are recovering thanks to several factors: the continuing sacrifices of the brave soldiers of the Army and Armed Forces in their battle against terrorism, the reconciliations taking place in the city, the return of misled individuals to their senses, and the return of displaced people to their homes.
The French delegation began their visit to Syria on Saturday evening and visited Latakia on Sunday morning.