Religious and political figures congratulate U.S. President Joe Biden on inauguration and urge him to do more to alleviate humanitarian crisis in Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A number of religious, political, and social figures in Syria, the Middle East, and around the world sent a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden congratulating him on his electoral victory and wishing him success in his new responsibilities.

The signatories of the letter urged President Biden to do more to ease the suffer of the Syria people and conveyed the harsh conditions and burdens they are faced with, including a deteriorating economic situation and worsening coronavirus outbreak.

“Before the ten-years-long war, Syria had been the region’s source of food exportation,” read the letter. “Today, the country is not only on the verge of hunger, but on the verge of starvation, according to the World Food Program.” Millions of Syrians are suffering from food insecurity.

Among the signatories of the letter were Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Mor Ignatius III Younan, and Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Youssef Absi.