U.S. ambassador to Ukraine shows support in advance of elections


Website of Orthodox Church of Ukraine, 29 March 2019


His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kiev and all-Ukraine Epifany on 29 March 2019 met with Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the U.S.A. to Ukraine, Mrs. Marie Yovanovich.


During the meeting they talked about critical questions; in particular, the parties touched on the religious and socio-political situation in our state, the significance of an independent church in the life of society, and also those positive steps that the Orthodox Church of Ukraine already has achieved in the several months since the unification council.


Metropolitan Epifany replied to the question of Madame Ambassador regarding the internal life of the church and its social and educational ministry.


In addition, Metropolitan Epifany and Mrs. Marie Yovanovich noted the importance for the future of Ukraine of the conduct of democratic presidential elections.


The primate of the church expressed thanks to the American ambassador for consistent support of Ukraine on the part of the United States of America: "We thank you for those efforts that have been aimed at the defense of freedom of religious confession in the whole world, and in Ukraine in particular. Also a special thanks for that support that the United States, as an ally and friend, continues to provide Ukraine in this time that is important for us and the whole world," the metropolitan noted.


At the conclusion, His Beatitude presented Mrs. Marie Yovanovich gifts as mementos. The meeting was held in the building of the American embassy. (tr. by PDS, posted 30 March 2019)

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