Pope Francis, King Abdullah II Urges U.S., Et Al Nobody Wins in War, Dialogue and Honest Communication Still Best to Settle Syria Conflict
"No one will win the war, see families only die ... no war is worth your life .... But there is always a possibility for peace" so goes the lyrics of a song by American singer and songwriter Raheem DeVaughn. Pope Francis and King Abdullah II, heads of state of Vatican City and the country of Jordan, respectively, fully well know this. And in an urgent call to their fellow heads of state, both advised the current conflict involving Syria and its apparent illegal use of chemical weapons, which have agitated the U.S., the U.K. and France, would be best settled through a humane and honest dialogue.
On Thursday, King Abdullah II along with his wife Queen Rania of Jordan, flew to Vatican City to call on Pope Francis. The Jordan leader reportedly asked for the meeting relative to his country's desire to host a conference in Amman in September, where one of the topics to be discussed is the challenges that Christians currently face in the Middle East.
Ever since the alleged chemical attack occurred on Aug 21 in Damascus, capital of Syria, Pope Francis had been calling on his fellow heads of state to exercise utmost patience and caution on the matter, urging a conflict would not be solved by another conflict that could result from the use of arms.
Both leaders continued to rally on that humane and honest dialogue is the best and "only option" to arrest the conflict destroying Syria and its people.
A "path of dialogue and of negotiation among all components of Syrian society, with the support of the international community, is the only option to put an end to the conflict and to the violence, which, every day, cause the loss of so many human lives, above all among the defenseless population," the Vatican said in a statement after the meeting of Pope Francis and King Abdullah II.
The attack on Aug 21 claimed hundreds of lives. Ever since the Syria conflict began in 2011, over 100,000 people have been killed.
Jordan's royal court, in a statement, called for a "comprehensive solution to end the suffering of the Syrian people, safeguard the unity of the Syrian people and land and prevent the region from falling into the abyss." Jordan borders Syria and has been hosting over half a million Syrian refugees, the AP noted.
Abdullah II in a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, 21 April 2009, in Washington, D.C.
Leaders representing all the world's religious sects have called on leaders of the Western nations to exercise restraint, saying such attacks will result to a massive global scale.
"Faced with the continuing violence and abuse, I strongly renew my appeal for peace," Pope Francis had earlier said.
Pope Francis with Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
The world currently hangs on a balance as it awaits the final decision of the U.S. if it will push through its military strike threat against Syria.
The United Nations Security Council have warned President Barack Obama as well as other global leaders that international law states that any U.S.-led military action "must be taken after" agreement in the council.
Officials of the council continue to remain in Syria and are still investigating everything pertaining to the attack.