Turkey: Bartholomew receives Pompeo at Ecumenical Patriarchate

Turkey: Bartholomew receives Pompeo at Ecumenical Patriarchate

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Istanbul on Monday afternoon, where he met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew today, on the second stop of his tour of Europe and the Middle East.

The one-on-one meeting between Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Mike Pompeo lasted about an hour, after which the US Secretary of State was given a tour of St. George’s Patriarchal Cathedral.

Although no details were released on what was discussed between the two men, the issue of religious freedom as well as issues related to the Patriarchate are considered to have been discussed in the private meeting.

In a Twitter post, the US Secretary of State noted that he was honored to meet with His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and to visit the Patriarchal Church of St. George. Continuing, Mike Pompeo stressed that the Ecumenical Patriarchate, as the leader of the Orthodox world, is a key partner in the effort to support religious freedom in the world.

Earlier, the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, had a telephone conversation with the Ecumenical Patriarch Mr. Bartholomew./ibna