On March 17, 2023, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met Her Excellency Mrs. Katalin Novak, President of Hungary, at her presidential 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 participated in the meeting.
His Holiness was accompanied by his Eminence Archbishop Mor Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
Her Excellency invited His Holiness and their Beatitudes the Patriarchs to Budapest following the earthquake that hit Syria and the region.
During the meeting, His Holiness gave a brief overview of the situation in Syria following the earthquake and the relief work that the Patriarchate is offering to those who were affected. He spoke about the great needs that the people found themselves in following the disaster. He also described the situation based on his visits to the affected cities in Syria and Turkey.