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Orbán Meets with the Greek Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo

By Tom Szigeti // 2017.12.21.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with Jean-Clément Jeanbart, Greek Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, and held talks with the Syrian religious leader on Hungary’s continued help to persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

From left to right: Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén, Jean-Clément Jeanbart, Greek Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog (Photo: MTI – PMO Press Office/Gergely Botár)

According to the Prime Minister’s Press Chief Bertalan Havasi, Orbán met the church leader at a working lunch, which was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén and Human Resources Minister Zoltán Balog.

Hungary is providing funding for the reconstruction of a school destroyed during the Syrian Civil War, and grants state scholarship to students from the local Christian community in Hungary. Aleppo was the site of some of the most brutal fighting of the war until its capture in December 2016 by forces loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

This is not the first such visit of a Syrian religious leader to Hungary; earlier this year,  the head of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, met with Orbán in Budapest.

Via MTI and Hungary Matters

Images via MTI