GENEVA—His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, met with the Swiss Deputy Foreign Minister Wolfgang Amadeus Bruelhart, head of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) division of the foreign ministry, in Geneva, on Sept. 6.
During the meeting, His Holiness described the current situation of the Middle East, emphasizing the challenges faced by the Christian communities. He also referred to the recovery, rehabilitation, and rebuilding process embarked on by the Armenian community in Syria. Bruelhart, in turn, presented his view regarding the peace-building process in Syria and the region.
According to a statement released by the Catholicosate’s press service, also present at the meeting were Antoine Lahham, assistant to Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy for the Syria crisis; professor Teni Pirri-Simonian, president of the Swiss Armenian Foundation; and Rev. Bedros Manuelian, the head of information and communication department at the Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia.