On February 5, 2020, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Mr. Jorgen Lindstrom, Charge d’Affaires of the Swedish Embassy in Damascus, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma, Damascus.
His Holiness welcomed His Excellency and discussed with him issues related to the situation of Christians in the Middle East as well as the effects of immigration on their presence in their homeland. He also spoke about the work of development and humanitarian assistance that the Patriarchate is offering.
His Excellency spoke about the role of Sweden in supporting Christians who are persecuted. He also spoke about the Swedish society which welcomes emigrants and offers a suitable environment for preserving their national cultures as well as their native languages. He expressed the pioneer role of Sweden in guaranteeing freedom of religion to all those who live there.
The meeting was attended by His Eminence Archbishop Mor Anthimos Jack Yacoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Christian Education, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.