Mitsotakis met Archbishop Elpidoforos, who attended the opening of the Turkevi

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AA- In the statement made by the Prime Minister, it was indicated that the problems of the Greek diaspora community were discussed during the meeting.

The participation of the Archbishop of the American Orthodox Church Elpidoforos in the opening ceremony of the Turkish House in New York, which was also attended by the President of the TRNC, Ersin Tatar, provoked a reaction from the Greek and Greek Cypriot audiences. , and Athens expressed unease with the situation. .

Greek government spokesman Yannis İkonomu clearly expressed this unease. Ikonomu said in a statement: “The actions of Elpidoforos have disturbed us. The Greek government expresses its dissatisfaction. he said.

Archbishop Elpidoforos, meanwhile, said on social media that his presence at the Turkevi opening ceremony on Monday was for the purpose of dialogue for a peaceful future and the protection of religious freedoms.

Elpidoforos said: “I am very sorry for the pain I have unwittingly caused to my Greek Cypriot brothers and sisters in the United States, especially in my beloved community.” had used the expression.

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