Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew had a meeting with the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias in Constantinople, which attracted the huge interest of the Turkish media.
Dendias said that “It is a great joy that today I meet the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew” adding that he conveys to him the warm greetings and respect of the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Dendias also conveyed his condolences, as well as the prime minister’s, for the unpleasant event of the death of the Patriarch’s associate.
“I would also like to wish him and congratulate him on completing this year thirty years of his presence on the Ecumenical Throne and – if I am not mistaken – sixty years of priesthood. May God supports and blesses his effort in the leadership of Orthodoxy” said the Greek minister.
He also said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is very much interested in the Patriarch’s initiatives on particularly sensitive issues, such as, the environmental protection issues, for which the Ecumenical Throne has developed a great deal of global activity.
“I will, therefore, have the opportunity to discuss these issues with him, as well as issues concerning Orthodoxy, the Greek Diaspora in Constantinople, and other issues of common interest.
It is for me, as I always say, great joy and honor to meet the Ecumenical Patriarch once again. Thank you very much, Your Holiness, for giving me this opportunity” said Nikos Dendias after their meeting.
Dendias was also scheduled to meet today with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, but the meeting was postponed to tomorrow, Thursday, April 15th. Dendias will return to Athens on the same day to attend the teleconference of NATO for Afghanistan which will be held tomorrow afternoon.
Η τριαντακονταετής παρουσία του Παναγιώτατου Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχη στην ηγεσία της Ορθοδοξίας, πλαισιώνεται από πρωτοβουλίες παγκόσμιου βεληνεκούς, όπως αυτές για την προστασία του περιβάλλοντος. (οι δηλώσεις μου από τη σημερινή συνάντηση στην Κωνσταντινούπολη) pic.twitter.com/cf5QI5eclY— Nikos Dendias (@NikosDendias) April 14, 2021
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