On November 6, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency Mr. Jimmy Morales, President of Guatemala at the National Palace in Guatemala City.
His Holiness thanked His Excellency for the warm welcome and spoke about the history of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and its missions that stretched throughout the ancient world. He mentioned the current range of the missions of the church and the universal character of its ministries. His Holiness also referred to the apostolic faith that was passed on through the ages and despite the persecutions, and reached us through the sacrifices of our forefathers.
His Excellency President Morales commended the role of His Holiness in promoting peace throughout the world. He listened to the overview of the work of the church in serving the flock of Christ. He wished His Holiness a pleasant stay in Guatemala during his apostolic visit to Central America.
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, Mor Theethose Yeldho, Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese in Northern America, Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Eastern USA, Very Rev. Raban Augeen Al-Khoury Nimat, Director of the Patriarchal Office in North America, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.