This was the first visit of the Patriarch as a part of the Orthodox mission, after his election as a Patriarch of the Apostolic Throne 7 years earlier.
Metropolitan Petros of Axum, Greek Ambassador to Ethiopia, Michalis Daratzikis, Egyptian Ambassador Mohamed Idris, the representative of the Greek Community in Addis Ababa and other eminent persons were waiting for the arrival of the Patriarch at the airport of the Ethiopian capital.
The Patriarch of Alexandria thanked Greek Ambassador and simultaneously congratulated Egyptian Ambassador for the Egyptian National Celebration of 6th October. The Patriarch of Alexandria was accompanied by Nikodimos, Bishop of Nitria and Patriarchal Vicar of Cairo.
The Patriarch of Alexandria is also going to visit Malawi, where he is going to dedicate new churches of the Orthodox Metropolis of Zambia.