On December 4, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Mr. Antoine Mrad, Counselor of the Executive Chairman of the Lebanese Forces for the Presidential Affairs and Coordinator of Church Affairs, accompanied by Mr. John Al-Alam, Ex-Coordinator of Church Affairs, and Lawyer Elie charbetji, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon.
His Holiness and his guests stressed the importance of working together for to preserve the presence of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Lebanon which plays a great Christian role in the region.
They also discussed the general situation in Lebanon and assured the significance of forming a new government, which will help keep the security and economy stable, as well as help improve the living conditions in the country.
The meeting was attended by their Eminences Mor Chrysostom Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus. His Eminence Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahle and Bekaa, also joined the meeting.