The Biden administration expresses its support for the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew on the impact of tension with Turkey

The Biden administration expresses its support for the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew on the impact of tension with Turkey
The Biden administration expresses its support for the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew on the impact of tension with Turkey

Posted in: 26/10/2021 – 09:02

The administration of US President Joe Biden held meetings on Monday 25/10 with the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Christians based in Istanbul, confirming its support for him in light of the tension with Turkey.

The meetings were held with the 81-year-old Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, after he spent a night in a hospital in Washington after feeling unwell, according to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Bartholomew held a closed-door meeting with Biden, which followed talks with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. “The United States vigorously defends the principle of religious freedom,” Blinken said as he met Bartholomew.

The US State Department said they discussed the status of the Halki Theological Seminary, which was once the main theological school of the Eastern Orthodox Church before it was closed under Turkish law in 1971. “Secretary Blinken stressed that reopening the Halki seminary will remain a priority,” the State Department said. As for the Biden administration. Bartholomew expressed his gratitude for the US support for the Patriarchate and for “its ideas and values ​​that we are trying to protect while at the same time striving to survive in our historic city of Istanbul.”

Tensions dominate relations between the Biden administration and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who last week threatened to expel the US and other Western ambassadors over a statement on human rights.

It is reported that Bartholomew is a Turkish citizen and met Ankara’s ambassador to Washington. But Erdogan, an Islamist, sparked outrage last year in Orthodox-dominated Greece when he transformed the Hagia Sophia — the main church of the Byzantine Empire — from a museum into a mosque.

Former US President Donald Trump had friendly relations with Erdogan, but his administration nonetheless emphasized religious freedoms. In an unexpected move, Mike Pompeo, Trump’s secretary of state, visited Istanbul on his last international trip, where he met Bartholomew without meeting Turkish officials.

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