Sunday, March 10, 2013

Russian chief public health official accepted Patriarch's invitation to visit Georgia

10.03.2013 (Hvino News) Gennady Onishchenko, head of the Russia's consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor and chief public health official, confirmed that he received an invitation to visit Georgia from Ilia II, Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch, during his recent visit to Moscow. "This invitation has been repeated more than once. I accepted this invitation with gratitude and respect, regardless of the way the events develop," he said.

"As for a particular date for a visit, I expect that it might take place in a foreseeable future," Onishchenko told news agency Interfax on Saturday.

"In any development of the situation, I believe the role that the Holiest and Gracious Catholicos Ilia II plays in modern Georgia's history is hard to overestimate. It has a huge positive effect aimed at consolidating the nation and helping it to choose the right way for development, leaning on the immense and difficult historical experience that the Georgian nation possesses," said Mr. Onishchenko.

Moscow and Tbilisi agreed on a mechanism to resume wine and mineral water imports from Georgia to Russia at negotiations in Moscow in early February.

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