Damascus, October 24, 2013
The Greek Church news agency Romphea has reported the decision of the Synod of the Church of Antioch regarding the issue of jurisdiction over the state of Qatar, stated by the Patriarch of Antioch.
Patriarch John X has warned the head of the Church of Jerusalem that if within two months he does not take steps to resolve the problem with Qatar, then the Church of Antioch will have to break off relations with the Church of Jerusalem.
Both local Churches consider the state of Qatar to be their canonical territory.
The conflict happened after the Patriarch of Jerusalem had appointed his Metropolitan to Qatar. The mediation of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and the Greek government did not help resolve the issue.[subscribe2]