On November 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Holiness Abune Mattias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, at Budapest.
Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, were also present at the meeting.
His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inquired about the situation of the Christians in Ethiopia, especially those who are being persecuted for their faith in the Lord. He assured his love and solidarity with the sister Ethiopian Orthodox Church and prayed for peace and security in Ethiopia. Their Holinesses also discussed the relationship between the two sister Oriental Orthodox Churches and ways of promoting common interest and support for each other.