Now the requests are part of the Chat section of the app.
I consider these as an approval request to another user to be added to your contacts (“Add Contact”), which in my opinion are better positioned in the Contacts section.
Then we can add an attribute (Active – Pending) to the contact to show status of that contact. Currently the Contacts list does not display any information on the status of a contact.
The Chat section will be more concise, just displaying the actual messages between users.
Another minor detail:
When choosing “Contacts” in the main menu, then the top header is named “Private Channels”. I think that “Contacts” is more clear, from a user perspective.