On November 29, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma, His Excellency Mr. Alexander Ponomarev, Ambassador of Belarus, on the occasion of the end of his diplomatic mission in Syria.
His Excellency thanked His Holiness for his warm reception and recalled the good and steadfast ties between Belarus and the Syriac Orthodox Church.
His Holiness Patriarch Aphrem II appreciated the important role of His Excellency and the Government of Belarus in promoting peace in Syria as well as in conveying the reality of what is going on in Syria to their people. He also wished His Excellency all success in his new mission.
The meeting was also attended by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.