Meeting with His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Voloklamsk, Head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations
On November 2, 2017 H.E. Amassador Grum Abay, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the FDRE to the Russian Federation was received by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Voloklamsk, Head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations.
In the meeting H.E. Amb. Grum Abay briefed His Eminence regarding the historic relations between the people and government of Ethiopia with the people and government of the Russian Federation. Likewise he underscored the valuable contribution of both Churches in forging closer and historic relations between the two countries. He further said the relationship between the two countries has endured for so long, even during periods when rapid communications was not taken for granted, because of the spiritual affinity of the two peoples. Russia has invariably stood behind Ethiopia when our country has been forced to face difficult periods. Finally, he stressed areas of interest of cooperation in humanitarian activities, education and capacity building.
On his part Metropolitan Hilarion expressed the interest of the Russian Orthodox Church to expand and enhance the existing relations with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. He also proposed exchange of visits between Church leaders, training and charity activities.
At the end, His Eminence promised to assist the Embassy in its endeavors in implementing the above activities.
Ethiopian Embassy, Moscow