On March 17, 2023, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency Mr. Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, at his official residence in Budapest.
Their Beatitudes Patriarchs: John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and Joseph Absi, Greek Catholic Melkite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, also attended in the meeting.
His Holiness was accompanied by his Eminence Archbishop Mor Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
During the meeting, His Holiness thanked Hungary for its constant support for the Christians. He also reported on the observations he made during his visit to the devastated places in Syria and Turkiye following the earthquake that struck the region. His Holiness spoke about the relief ministry offered by the Patriarchate to the affected people and the great needs following the disaster.