On 16 July 2022, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije and members of the Holy Synod of Bishops, Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Irinej of Bačka, Fotije of Zvornik–Tuzla and David of Kruševac, had a conversation with the President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vučić.
During the meeting, which was also attended by the Serbian member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Milorad Dodik, President Vučić informed the Patriarch and the members of the Holy Synod on the progress of the talks being held under the auspices of the European Union on Kosovo and Metohija, the situation in the southern Serbian province, but also on the economic and social situation in Serbia and its international position.
Serbian member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Milorad Dodik acquainted the interlocutors with the situation in that country, with special reference to the Republic of Srpska, as well as all the difficulties faced by the Serbian people west of the Drina.
Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije and the members of the Holy Synod pointed out the necessity of national unity and the preservation of the vital interests of the Serbian people as a whole. Accordingly, they expressed their concern about the position of religious education in the Serbian education system and asked for support from the President of Serbia in order to change the state’s position on the issue.
At the same time, the representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church asked President Vučić to be committed to protecting the traditional norms of Serbian society, especially preserving and cherishing the highest family values, as the foundation on which the entire community rests.
In the end, the members of the Holy Synod asked President Vučić and the Serbian member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Milorad Dodik to persevere in conducting an autonomous and independent foreign policy.