ANKARA, TURKEY: His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas visited Hon. Prime Minister of Turkey, Dr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan at his official residence at Capital City, Ankara. His Holiness was accompanied by Archbishops Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim (Aleppo & Environs), Mor Themotheos Samuel Aktas (Tur-Abdin), Mor Philoxenos Yusuf Ceytin (Istambul) and Mor Philoxenos Mathiyas Nayis (Patriarchal Assistant & Principal of Syrian Orthodox Seminary).
His Holiness expressed his grieves about the Syriac Orthodox Centres in Turkey. Dr. Ergodan recalled the contribution and service of Syriac Orthodox Church to the society. Prime Minister thanked His Holiness for his kindness to visit him and seeked his blessings.