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Parliament Member from Sweden Visits with Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim

Robert Halaf, a member of the Swedish Parliament from the Christian Democratic Party visited His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim on August 31, 2012. Discussions were had about the present situation in Syria and the struggle of our Syriac Orthodox Church and people due to the present circumstances in that country. His Eminence voiced his deep concern about the safety and wellbeing of our people and asked Mr. Halaf to do what he can to be of assistance to them in light of his position in the Parliament. Mr. Halaf also shared his concern with His Eminence and assured the Archbishop of his support in the matter. Mr. Halaf, along with a delegation from Sweden, is presently visiting the United Nations in New York City. Gabriel Akyon, Habib Howsho and Lahdo Yildiz, of our St. Gabriel Parish in Hackensack, accompanied Mr. Halaf during his visit with the Archbishop.

Immediately after the meeting, Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim accompanied the honored guest for a tour of the Midland Avenue Property and shared the plans for the new Archdiocesan Center with him.
Also present at the meeting was the Very Rev. Fr. Yacoub Tahan, pastor of the Mother of God of the Zunoro Cathedral in Homs Syria who is also visiting our Archdiocese and Elias Sarkar, AEC Public Relations Chairman.

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