Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkman heads a religious mission to Moscow to participate in a meeting with head of Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, where a session was held on Tuesday. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow said that 10 past sessions had brought great achievements for the dialogue; “we believed such dialogues should regularly continue to foster religious understanding; interfaith dialogue was in its formative years just after the collapse of former Soviet Socialist Republics in 1991 and since then there has been a shift toward interaction with Islam from exclusively western-oriented dialogue,” he told the meeting.
Patriarch Kirill said that the dialogue would improve both Abrahamic religions. A second speaker was Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, Adviser to Leader on Islamic World Affairs, who hailed the decision on biannual holding of the interfaith dialogue; “efforts of the Patriarch Kirill to inculcate in the young cohort religious mentality and to organize religious matters across Russian Federation are laudable and appreciated,” he added.
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