On November 20, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba congratulated Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on his birthday.
The congratulation states, in particular:
“On behalf of the leadership of the Republic of Abkhazia and myself, please accept my most sincere congratulations on your birthday.
For many years, you have been serving your Homeland by making a significant contribution to the establishment of traditional moral values and eternal spiritual ideals in the life of the people, to the creation of peace and harmony between nations and religions, and to the upbringing of the young generation. All this deserves the most sincere gratitude.
By being committed to the universal values of peace, justice and kindness, you influence greatly the revival of the spiritual state of society.
Allow me to express sincere gratitude for the support that you always give to the Abkhazian Orthodox Church, for the strengthening of peace and the preservation of our common spiritual, historical and cultural heritage.
I am certain that the centuries-old wisdom of Orthodox Christianity will continue to give our nations spiritual and moral guidelines for living and creating.
I sincerely wish you, Your Eminence, strong health and prosperity, and new achievements in your noble service”.