The Serbian Orthodox Church and its faithful are very much engaged in helping people from war-torn areas, said Serbian Patriarch Porfirije during talks with Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić, presenting an initiative in support of refugees from Ukraine.
According to Ukrainian estimates, 13,000 inhabitants of their country have passed through Serbia since the beginning of the conflict, and 2,000 remain here.
President Vučić promised additional government engagement so that refugees from Ukraine would receive timely and suitable assistance.
The president and His Holiness also discussed the situation in Kosovo and Metohija, and the president informed the Patriarch about the latest decisions of the Priština leadership, the situation in the region and the challenges Serbia faces in light of the events in Ukraine.
Patriarch Porfirije informed President Vučić in more detail about the attacks on the Serbian Orthodox Church and its property, especially in Kosovo and Metohija, and emphasized that it is important to preserve the unity and community of the Serbian people.
President and the Patriarch agreed that their most important obligation is to preserve peace and stability, with national and state interests being taken into account in the first place, in order to preserve a stable future for the citizens of Serbia.
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