On the occasion of the preparation for the consecration of the Greek Melkite Catholic cathedral of Saint-Elias/Beirut, Mr Antoun Sehnaoui visited the patriarchy and met with Bishop Mgr Kallas and also Father Khallit, in charge of monitoring the restoration of the cathedral.

Mr Antoun Sehnaoui had a discussion with Bishop Kallas concerning the situation of the Christians in the Middle East, after the shooting incidents in Iraq. Theses incidents were firmly condemned, in particular by the Elysée and the White House.