On Monday 9 January 2012, a delegation composed of Sunni and Shi’a clerics visited His Holiness Aram I. The visit lasted for more than an hour, during which they discussed the importance of strengthening relations between Christianity and Islam by emphasizing common religious values. His Holiness said. “As followers of Monotheistic religions, we have shaped our thoughts, traditions and cultures according to our religious values; living together has helped us identify common values. We should insist once more that these common values become the foundation for our conviviality.”
The clerics, who agreed that the two religions should strengthen their relationship, added their view that “the strong presence of the West in the Middle East, with its values and life-style was having a negative impact on the region, on family life and the youth.” They then proposed to meet more often with His Holiness Aram I and continue reflections. As a first step His Holiness proposed that institutions of theological education organize lectures on Christianity and Islam by exchanging faculty.