On February 15, 2020, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance, at his palace in Abu Dhabi.
His Excellency welcomed His Holiness in the U.A.E. and expressed his pleasure to meet with the head of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch. His Holiness thanked His Excellency for his warm welcome and showed his gladness towards religious tolerance in the Emirates. During their meeting, His Holiness and His Excellency discussed various cultural and religious issues, and spoke about the history of our Syriac Church and that of the Arab countries.
The meeting was attended by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Eustatheos Ishak, Patriarchal Vicar in the UAE for the Jacobite Syrian Church, Mor Bartholmaeus Nathanael Youssef, Patriarchal Vicar in the UAE and the Arab Gulf, and Mor Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Assistant, Very Rev. Fr. Markose Abraham, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.