On January 16, 2023, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Beatitude Joseph Absi, Greek-Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Damascus.
His Eminence Archbishop Mor Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Andrawos Bahhi, were also present.
During the meeting, His Beatitude offered his best wishes on the occasion of Christmas and New Year. His Holiness and His Beatitude discussed common church matters as well.