Tbilisi. August 1. INTERFAX – Vice-President Michael Pence on Tuesday during a visit to Tbilisi visited one of the ancient Georgian Orthodox churches – the Sioni Cathedral, where he met with Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II.
As has been said by the Archpriest of the temple of George Zviadadze, Patriarch presented to M. Pence and his wife gifts, including a gold bracelet with his signature and the words “bless you God” and a gold cross replica of the cross of Queen Tamara.
According to him, Ilia II also asked M. Penny to pass on similar gifts to President of the United States Donald Trump and his wife Melania.
The priest said that the temple visit was a personal initiative of M. Pence.
Earlier on a press-conferences in Tbilisi the Vice-President said he was impressed by the Christian traditions of Georgia. Later, speaking at a military base in Vaziani to the soldiers participating in the exercise “Worthy partner-2017”, M., Pence said he was impressed Sioni Cathedral with thousand years history.