On Thursday, September 13th at 10am, His Holiness the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, accompanied by members of the Holy Synod, their Eminences the Archbishops of the Church, visited the President of Lebanon, His Excellency Michael Sleiman. In his opening remarks His Holiness thanked President Sleiman for receiving the members of the Holy Synod. His Holiness highlighted the role of the president in ensuring stability and peace in Lebanon at a time when the region is going through very difficult times. In his answering remarks, the president of Lebanon offered his best wishes for the success of the Holy Synod meetings. He likewise, expressed his appreciation to the Syriac Orthodox Church for its many contributions to the Lebanese society.
The visit comes during the convocation of the Holy Synod which is held at the Patriarchal Institutions in Atchaneh, Lebanon from September 10-15.