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Thursday, 3 November 2011

FM Lavrov Thanked the UAE for its Assistance in Helping Build the First Russian Orthodox Church in the Arabian Peninsula

St Philip the Apostle Russian Orthodox Church complex. Sharjah (Emirate of Sharjah) UAE


On Tuesday, at a press conference in Abu Dhabi at the end of a strategic dialogue between Russia and the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia expressed its gratitude to the authorities of the United Arab Emirates for their assistance in the construction of the first Russian Orthodox church in the Arabian Peninsula. He said, “We thank the UAE government for its assistance in the construction of the Russian Orthodox Church in Sharjah, which was the first in the Arabian Peninsula”. In September 2007, when Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev was the Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, and head of the MP Department for External Church Relations, he consecrated the cornerstone of the church.

1 November 2011



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