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On 5 March 2019, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR) met with Ambassador Jaber Habib Jaber, head of Moscow Mission of the League of the Arab States.

They were joined in the meeting, which took place at the DECR premises, by Archpriest Sergy Zvonarev, DECR secretary for far abroad countries, and Deacon Ilya Kashitsyn, a staff member of the DECR Secretariat for Inter-religious relations.

Metropolitan Hilarion greeted the guest on his first visit to the Synodal department in charge for international activity of the Russian Church.

The participants in the meeting discussed a number of topics of mutual interest, including the situation of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa, interreligious relations and the role of religion in international affairs today.

DECR chairman and head of Moscow Mission of the League of the Arab States agreed to promote cooperation.