Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his meeting with Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark Disoces on Wednesday 24/5/2016, pointed out Russia’s good relations with the leadership and people of Egypt, Tass news agency reported Thursday.
"We have very good ties with all the people of Egypt without separating them into religious denominations," Putin said.
His meeting with the head of the Coptic Church took place in the residence of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill I, where he had arrived to congratulate the Moscow Patriarch on occasion of the day when the Church venerates St. Cyril the Enlightener of the Slavs, Kirill I’s patron saint.
Putin asked Pope Tawadros to convey the warmest and sincerest greetings to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and the entire people of Egypt.
Contacts with the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the person who is the top representative of Christianity in Egypt are rewarding for the Russian Federation.
For his part, Pope Tawadros thanked Putin for the meeting and stressed the encouraging character of relations between Egypt and Russia.
He underlined that the Coptic Church is putting intensive effort into the upkeep of national unity the Arab country where both Christians and Muslims are two historical constituent elements of the nation.
"We’ll pray for improvement of (Russia’s) relations with Egypt," he added.