Visit of American Senator Mr. Richard Black


His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency American Senator Mr. Richard Black at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma, Damascus.
His Excellency Mr. Black was accompanied by His Excellency Dr. Bashar Jaafari, Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Buthayna Shaaban, Counselor to the Syrian President, and Mr. Paul Jallo, Syriac businessman.
His Holiness thanked His Excellency Senator Black for his visit to Syria and his continuous support of the Syrian people.
He expressed the need for telling the truth concerning what is happening in Syria. He discussed the current developments concerning the crisis in Syria and wished that Senator Black could transmit what he personally saw during his visit to the public opinion in the USA and internationally.
The meeting was attended by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, His Grace Mor George Kourieh, Dean of Mor Aphrem Theological Semianry in Maarat Saydnaya, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Roger-Youssef Akhrass, Director of Syriac Studies Department.

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