Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and All Africa warmly welcomed the new Greek Ambassador to Egypt, Nikolaos Garilidis, on Saturday, September 21.
The Patriarch received the new Greek ambassador at the seat of the Patriarchal Vicar of Cairo, the second headquarters of the Patriarchate. The Patriarch expressed his joy for the Greek ambassador, with whom he has been a close friend since 1988 when the latter was in Odessa.
At the same time, he expressed his delight for receiving the Egyptian ambassador and distinguished diplomat, who comes from Port Said, is a fluent speaker of Arabic, and a graduate of the Ampeteios School of Cairo.
At the official luncheon that followed, in the presence of the Patriarchal Vicar of Cairo, Metropolitan Nicodemus of Memphis, the Primate of the Church of Alexandria had the opportunity to inform the new Greek ambassador about the renovation work of the Church of Saints Konstantinos and Eleni in Cairo. The consecration service will take place on September 27-28. He also informed the Greek ambassador about all renovation projects being carried out by the Patriarchate of Alexandria in Suez, Alexandria and elsewhere.
Finally, Nikolaos Garilidis briefed the Patriarch of Alexandria on the forthcoming visit of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Egypt in October to participate in the 7th Tripartite Summit of the Leaders of Greece-Cyprus-Egypt, along with President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis.