Metropolitan Emmanuel of France is in Lebanon since last Wednesday, in a series of meetings with the religious authorities of the country, along with Metropolitan Amphilochios of Adrianople.
Patriarch Ioannis of Antioch welcomed the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, accompanied by the Metropolitan Siluan of Mount Lebanon (Batroun) and the Bishop Constantine of Chrysoupolis.
The two sides referred to issues of mutual interest and inter-orthodox relations, while the Patriarch of Antioch expressed his warmest wishes to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the mission of the delegation.
The meeting with the Patriarch Aram of Armenians and Cilicia was conducted in a good atmosphere.
There were discussed issues of the Christians in the Middle East, especially the progress of the Bilateral Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Ancient Churches of the East.