On November 16, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met Her Excellency Mrs. Susana Asension, Mayor of Antigua at the Municipality Headquarters in Antigua – Guatemala.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Yacoub Eduardo, Archbishop of Central America, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Western USA, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs.
Her Excellency welcomed His Holiness ‘in his city’ and declared him as the guest of honor of Antigua.
In his speech, His Holiness thanked the Mayor for the love and honor shown by the people of Antigua. He spoke about the similarities between the peoples of Guatemala and the countries of the Middle East, especially in their firm attachment to the principles of liberty and human dignity in addition to the conditions that they lived under in the past century. His Holiness hoped that the sacrifices of the martyrs become a blessing for these countries and for the security, peace, stability, development and prosperity of these countries.