Visit to His Excellency Lebanese MP Mohammad Raad
His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II and His Beatitude Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, visited His Excellency Mr. Mohammad Raad, Head of the “Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc’, at his residence in Haret Hrek.
They were accompanied by His Eminence Mor Theophilos George Saliba, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, His Excellency Mor Baselius Gergess Kass Moussa, Patriarchal Assistant and Apostolic Visitor of the Syriac Catholic, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Rev. Fr. Habib Mrad, Syriac Catholic Patriarchal Secretary.
His Holiness and His Beatitude discussed with MP Raad the new Election Law. They hoped to have the classification ‘minorities’ removed from the Syriac communities in Lebanon and to have two distinct seats for the Syriac Catholic and Syriac Orthodox.
His Excellency expressed his joy to receive the two patriarchs and stated that the Syriac people are an essential component of the Lebanese society and play an important role in its political life.
His Holiness and His Beatitude further discussed the current situation in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria.