Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
2 March 2013. After a brief absence, His Holiness Aram I returned to Lebanon and received Mor Theophilus George Saliba, Metropolitan of Mount Lebanon, Syrian Orthodox Archbishopric and Secretary to the Holy Synod, who described to him the recent attacks on the Christian villages in the Al-Hasakeh region of Syria near the far northeast of the country. According to the Metropolitan, many churches were burnt and hundreds of members of the community kidnapped by fundamentalists.
After condemning the violent act against the Christians and to preempt similar acts, Catholicos Aram I spoke of the importance of monitoring the situation and the urgency of promoting Christian-Muslim dialogue.