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On January 18, 2021, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the DECR, met with the chairman of the Palestinian Civil Affairs Committee of the Palestinian National Authority (in the rank of minister) Mr. Hussain ash-Sheikh, at the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations (DECR).

Participating in the meeting were also, from the Palestinian side, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Palestine Abdel Hafiz Nofal, Minister Plenipotentiary of the Palestinian Embassy Avad Zaul, and from the DECR side, Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary or inter-Orthodox relations.

Metropolitan Hilarion warmly welcomed the Palestinian state official to the synodal establishment that maintains the Russian Orthodox Church’s international contacts.

The sides discussed issues of mutual concern.

In the conclusion of the talk, they exchange tokens of the meeting.

                                                     DECR Communication Service