On December 13, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in a roundtable discussion on the persecuted Christians, at the Public Service University in Budapest, upon the invitation of Members of the European Parliament as well as Members of the Hungarian Parliament.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar at the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.
His Holiness spoke about the current situation of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria. He emphasized that the massive exodus of Christians from their homeland has drastic effects on the region and that there is a need to support Christians remain in their homeland. He renewed the appeal to the International Community to help in all ways possible to the return of the abducted Archbishops of Aleppo Boulos Yaziji and Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim. He also spoke about the different humanitarian projects that the Patriarchate is implementing, mostly through EPDC, to support the suffering people in Syria and Iraq and thanked the Hungarian government for their continuous support for the churches in the Middle East.