This meeting comprises of Oriental Orthodox Churches in Gulf and Middle East, which includes the Coptic Orthodox Church, Syrian Orthodox Church and the Armenian Orthodox Church in Lebanon.
On Monday 4 July 2011, the Members of the Standing Committee met in Cairo. The Committee was established in 1998, upon the decision of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III Coptic Orthodox Church, His Holiness Ignatus Zakka I Iwas Syrian Orthodox Church, and His Holiness Aram I Armenian Orthodox Church, Catholicosate of Cilicia.
The members of the Committee, Anba Bishoy, Coptic Orthodox Church, Metropolitan George Saliba and Archbishop Nais, Syrian Orthodox Church, Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian and Archbishop Nareg Alemezian, met with His Holiness Pople Shenouda III, before beginning their meetings. The agenda of the Standing Committee included: assessment of the Bilateral Theological Dialogues; relations with the World Council of Churches and the Middle East Council of Churches and participation in these bodies; strengthening cooperation and coordination of activities between the three sister churches.
In its final statement the Standing Committee reaffirmed the unity of the faith that exists between them; recommitted them to face together challenges and developments in the Middle East; and reconfirmed their attachment to their ancient orthodox roots in the Region.