Ilia II met with Ivanishvili
On the eve, the Head of the Georgian Orthodox Church Ilia II met with politician and businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili in the building of the Georgian Patriarchate in Tbilisi. As reported by "Georgia-News", the meeting lasted about an hour.
"It was very enjoyable meeting, we talked about many issues, especially about the future of the country. Everything will be fine", Patriarch of All Georgia told about his impressions of the meeting.
"It was another pleasant day. The meeting was very interesting. I've listened to a lot of wise counsel, which I'll necessarily provide in the future", Ivanishvili commented his conversation with Patriarch. However, he didn't speak of the details. The businessman came at the meeting with the Patriarch with his personal lawyer Eka Beselia.
Last Sunday, the head of Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch of All Georgia called for the return of Georgian citizenship to billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili. As reported by "Georgia-News", Patriarch announced this position on the eve, during a sermon at the Cathedral Sameba (of Holy Trinity).
"Today we can here a lot of talk, whether Bidzina Ivanishvili there should be citizen of Georgia. Of course, he must be citizen of Georgia because he is the Georgian", said Ilia II.
"Every Georgian who was born in Georgia or abroad, and who is a Georgian by his body and soul, is a citizen of Georgia and he must be a citizen of this country" he said.
"I am very concerned about this simple question, which caused such unwanted controversy. I am confident that Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili would take this into account, and would return citizenship of Georgia to Bidzina Ivanishvili", said Patriarch.
According to the leader of "Free Democrats" Irakli Alacaniya, after these Patriarch's words it's hard to imagine that this issue will remain unresolved.
"The words of Patriarch are in tune with all the citizens of Georgia. The people of Georgia, as well as Patriarch, want Bidzina Ivanishvili to return Georgian citizenship. I can not imagine that after that restoration his citizenship would be problematic. The Georgian people need restoration his citizenship, the political reality also needs it, and during his sermon Patriarch said what everyone wanted to hear. So, I hope that after this, they will make a specific decision", Alasania said.