His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Mr. Alexander Kinshchak, Russian Ambassador to Damascus, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma, Damascus.
His Holiness thanked Russia for its efforts for the release of the two abducted Archbishops of Aleppo their Eminences Boulos Yaziji and Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim. In light of the recent developments in the battle ground in the Aleppo countryside as well as the recent rapprochement between Russia and Turkey, His Holiness requested the Russian Government to renew its efforts in this regard. His Excellency the Ambassador promised to convey the message to the Russian leadership.
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, attended the meeting. His Excellency was accompanied by Mr. Tigran Kotbashyan, Secretary of the Russian Embassy.