On Wednesday 8 June 2011, His Holiness Aram I met with Metropolitan George Saliba. Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian also attended the meeting. The Metropolitan had come to convey the greetings of His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, inform Catholicos Aram I of the forthcoming Bishops’ Synod of the Church to be held in September and share some concerns regarding the Middle East Council of Churches.
After listening to the concerns of the Metropolitan, as a President of the Middle East Council of Churches, Catholicos Aram I emphasized the importance of Christian unity in the Middle East and the importance of the Middle East Council of Churches in bringing together the churches in the region.
At the end they also discussed the need to strengthen cooperation between the churches of the oriental orthodox family (Armenian, Coptic and Syrian Orthodox) in the Middle East, and agreed that the representatives of the Heads of Oriental Orthodox Churches, meet on 4 July 2011 in Egypt.