On February 17, 2023, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived to Istanbul starting a special trip to Turkey to visit some of the cities affected by the earthquake.
His Eminence Mor Philoxenus Yusuf Cetin, Patriarchal Vicar in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, as well as the president of the Archdiocesan Council and a delegation from the council, received His Holiness at the airport with Very Rev. Fr. Orhan Canli, Syriac Catholic Patriarchal Vicar in Turkey.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, Very Rev. Raban Andrawos Bahhi, and Mr. Ghassan Shami