Istanbul, May 24, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades visited the Ecumenical Patriarchate on Tuesday, accompanied by his wife, the government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides and members of the Presidency, where he met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Deeply moved, the Cypriot President bowed at the Patriarchal Church of St. George, the sacred images and relics of saints kept there, listening carefully to the historical narrative of the relics from the Fathers of the Ecumenical Throne.
Following that, the Cypriot President was received by the Ecumenical Patriarch to the throne room. There the leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church thanked the President for his visit, praised the contribution of Cyprus to Orthodoxy and wished from depth of heart the resolution of the Cyprus problem.
Nicos Anastasiades was unable to hide his emotion during his reply to the Ecumenical Patriarch and expressed his satisfaction for his presence in Fanar and wished the peaceful coexistence of the peoples in Cyprus. He admitted that there are difficulties in the talks on the Cyprus issue, but said he remains optimistic.
The President of Cyprus donated to the Ecumenical Patriarch a mosaic icon of St. Bartholomew with a special dedication.
Then the two leaders met privately in the office of the Patriarch of Constantinople.