In this meeting, the Delegation said to His Beatitude, “It is an honour for us to be in the Holy City and visit You and to know about Your Flock and activity”.
His Beatitude replied: “We greet and welcome you to Our Rum Orthodox Church, which Our Lord Jesus Christ established on earth, which was watered by His redemptive blood”.
His Beatitude then said that Jews and Christians are linked by the Old and New Testament common tradition, and Christians and Muslims are linked by the treaty of the late Patriarch Sophronios with Caliph Omar Khattab in AD 638.
The recognition of the Patriarch of Jerusalem by the State of Jordan, the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority is based on this tradition.
On this visit, gifts appropriate to the occasion were presented.