BEIRUT — Syriac Catholic Patriarch Mor Ignatius Joseph III Younan received the Turkish Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Barış Ulusoy at the headquarters of the Patriarchal See in Beirut.
They discussed the historical and spiritual ties that bind the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people to Turkey, the land of their ancestors. They also talked about the historical visit of the Patriarch to the regions of Tur Abdin and Mardin in southeastern Turkey, as well as the Syriac Catholic Parish in Istanbul.
The Patriarch pointed out that Syriacs (Arameans–Assyrians–Chaldeans) are an essential part of Turkey and the Church is working to ensure their rights are fully respected, just like the rest of the citizens there.
He called for the restoration of the headquarters of the Syriac Catholic Patriarchate in Mardin, which was taken decades ago.
The Patriarch renewed his condemnation of the terrorist bombing that took place last Sunday on Istiklal Street in Taksim in Istanbul, asking God to have mercy on the martyrs, heal the wounded, and bring peace to the whole world.
He also spoke about the history of the Syriac Catholic Church and what it is doing to stand by the faithful as they endure difficult circumstances.
The Turkish Ambassador, in turn, praised the Patriarch’s good care of the adherents of the Church and his defense of the Christian presence in the region. He also highlighted the difficulties faced by Christians in the East, stressing the importance of solutions for peace and stability in Turkey, Lebanon, and countries suffering from crises and chaos.
He hoped to continue dialogues, constructive relations, and meetings with the Patriarch for the good of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–CHaldean) people.