On April 23-24, 2013 Patriarch Theophilus III is on his visit to the capital of Ukraine being the delegate to the annual Kyiv Interconfessional Forum.
During his visit Patriarch met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Leonid Kozhara. The parties have discussed priority issues in the interaction between Ukraine and Jerusalem Patriarchate. There has been marked great contribution of the Jerusalem Patriarchate in facilitating the visits of the Ukrainian pilgrims to the Holy Land.
Special attention by the interlocutors has been given to the issues of the interfaith dialogue.
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine spoke also at the annual Kyiv Interconfessional Forum. L.Kozhara has focused his speech on the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in the dialogue between the state and the world’s leading churches and other denominations. He underlined the importance and timeliness of forum’s main topic devoted to the interrelation between religion and politics in the modern world.
In this regard, he has also highlighted the main areas through which the Ministry contributes to the international contacts of Ukrainian religious communities.