On October 16, 2021, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited His Excellency Mr. Muhammad Tarek Kreshati, Governor of Hama, at the headquarters of the governorate. Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, and Mor Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary, His Excellency Nicolas Baalbaki, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Hama, Very Rev. Fr. Zuhri Khazaal, and MP Mr. Maher Qawarma accompanied His Holiness during this visit.His Excellency Governor Kreshati welcomed His Holiness and wished him a successful visit to the city of Hama. In turn, His Holiness spoke about the history of the presence of the Syriac church in Hama and the great contribution it brought to the society. He also exchanged with His Excellency about the history of the city and the current situation.