MIDDLE EAST COUNCIL OF CHURCHES (MECC)
It was established in 1974 and the first General Assembly took place in Nicosia, Cypress, in May 1974. At the beginning it consisted of the Eastern Orthodox churches, the Oriental Orthodox churches, and the Protestant churches. In 1990, the seven Catholic churches of the region joined the council. The churches are represented by 94 members, who meet every four years.
The council has offices in Amman, Beirut, Cairo, and Limassol. An elected executive committee with a general secretary is responsible for the administration of the council during each interim period. In 2003, Guirgis Saleh, a Coptic theologian and professor, was elected general secretary.