The delegation consisted of Christian and Muslim Leaders from Homs. It was led by His Excellency Sheikh Issam Al Masri, Director of Homs Endowments, and Dr. Mohammad Khaddour, President of the League of Tourism Chambers in Syria.
The meeting was attended by their Eminences Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Mor Selwanos Boutros Al Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous, and Environs, in addition to a number of the Rev. priests and Monks.
His Holiness welcomed his guests and discussed with them the general situations in the country. He praised their efforts in spreading the culture of love and tolerance in Homs, and looked forward for the day in which peace reigns throughout Syria. The delegation thanked His Holiness for his overwhelming welcome. They expressed their appreciation to the humanitarian and national positions of His Holiness. They also thanked him for his kind invitation.
His Holiness and the delegation, then, made a tour in the Monastery’s facilities, including Sayfo Martyrs’ Altar, Grotto of the Lady of the Holy Girdle (Zunoro), and the Great Patriarchal Halls of Mor Aphrem.
After that, they all moved to Antioch Syrian University (ASU), where they were received by Dr. Rakan Razzouk, President of ASU. His Holiness and the delegation made a tour in the university and were informed about the various departments and programs offered.
The delegation then visited the different projects being executed by the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate in Saydnaya, namely Melkart Pharmaceutical Factory, Little Angel’s House Orphanage, and the Holy Cross Monastery.
A banquet was then offered by the patriarchate in honor of the delegation.