On December 16, 2020, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received the keys of the building which the Government of Hungary gave to the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate to administer as a Syriac Center for the period of 50 years. This is the first Syriac Center in Hungary.
His Excellency Mr. Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary personally handed over the keys in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Zsolt Semjen, Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary and His Excellency Mr. Tristan Azbej, Hungarian State Secretary for the Aid of the Persecuted Christians.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
After the official key handling ceremony, His Holiness and the accompanying delegation conducted a blessing service of the center. Following a discussion concerning the support of Hungary to the Christians in the Middle East, the participants were shown around the new center.