September 14, 2012. (Romereports.com)
In a meeting with journalists during the flight to Lebanon, Benedict XVI called for “an end to the importation of arms to Syria” to help stop the conflict. He suggested that “ideas of peace” be imported rather than weapons and begin an acceptance of differences.
In light of the recent tensions from religious conflict in the Middle East, the Pope explained that religions must display mutual respect for each other and for mankind.
Regarding the Arab Spring, the pope noted that “it's positive to desire for democracy, freedom and cooperation,” but he also asked not to understand “freedom” as “domination of others”.