On eve of refugee camp visit, Harper sizes up Syrian conflict

Franciscan monks show Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen through the ruins of a 4th...

Franciscan monks show Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen through the ruins of a 4th century synagogue on the Shores of Galilee near Capernaum, Israel on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (DAVID AKIN/QMI Agency)

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 7:27 PM ET

AMMAN, Jordan - As Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepared to get a firsthand look at what he called the "heartbreaking" crisis in Syria, he told an audience at Tel Aviv University Wednesday that the only solution is to find a way to end the region-wide war between Islam's two main sects.

Harper was at the university to receive an honorary degree for, as his presenter said, "his standing as an exemplary world leader," and he used the occasion of his last event of his four-day tour of Israel to offer his assessment of the situation in Syria.

Harper will visit a Syrian refugee camp here later in the week.

 


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