On June 18, 2020, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received their Beatitudes Patriarchs: John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and Joseph Absi, Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Alexandria and Jerusalem, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma, Damascus.
Their Eminences Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, attended the meeting.
Their Beatitudes were accompanied by His Grace Bishop Luka Al-Khoury, Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Assistant, His Grace Bishop Nicolas Antipas, Greek Catholic General Vicar of Damascus, and Very Rev. Archimandrite Gerasimos Kabbas, Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Secretary.
His Holiness and their Beatitudes discussed the general situations in Syria and Lebanon, especially with the crisis of Corona Virus and the measures that were taken to prevent its spreading. They hoped that the situation will become better soon for the good of the people. They also spoke about common Church matters.