Ilia II has not arrived in Yerevan for health reason
According to the bishop of the Armenian Apostolic Church Nathan Hovhannisyan, the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II was unable to come to Armenia because of health problems. As reported by "Georgia News" with reference to RIA Novosti, it's about the fact that the Georgian Patriarch hasn't arrived in Yerevan to attend a meeting of the Presidium of the Interreligious Council of the CIS countries. It is held from 28 to 29 November and involves the leaders of the traditional religions of the CIS - Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.
"Patriarch Ilia II was invited to the meeting as a guest, but his participation was not mandatory, because Georgia is no longer a member of the CIS", explained further Hovhannisyan.
According to him, initially it was assumed that within the meeting, a quadripartite meeting of spiritual leaders of the South Caucasus Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia - the heads of the Armenian Apostolic Church Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, the Georgian Orthodox Church, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II and the Spiritual Administration Caucasus Muslims Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade under the mediation of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill - will be held.
Later, the Office of the Georgian Orthodox Church has denied the information about the forthcoming visit of Ilya II to this meeting. "The visit of His Holiness, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II in Yerevan to attend a meeting of religious leaders was not planned. We do not know where the Armenian media got information that Ilia II would take part in it", said in the Georgian media.
It is worth mentioning that the Interreligious Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States is a public organization created by traditional religious organizations of the CIS.