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Pompeo meets Orthodox spiritual leader in Istanbul
 
Istanbul: US State Secretary Mike Pompeo met Tuesday with the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the world''s Orthodox Christians during a short trip to Turkey that has raised the ire of Turkish officials and includes no meetings with any of them. Pompeo, who is on a seven-country tour of Europe and the Middle East, tweeted pictures of him being greeted by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the leader of some 300 million Orthodox Christians, after being shown around the Patriarchate. He was also scheduled to meet with the apostolic nuncio to Turkey, Archbishop Paul Russell.

The talks were to centre on religious freedoms in Turkey, which has angered Ankara and prompted officials to call on Washington to focus on human rights violations in the United States. Last week, Turkey issued a sharply-worded statement criticising Pompeo''s plans and said Washington should “look at the mirror” and deal with issues such as racism, Islamophobia and hate crimes. But the talks went ahead, and Pompeo on Tuesday tweeted that “as leader of the Orthodox world” Bartholomew “is a key partner as we continue to champion religious freedom around the globe.” The trip comes amid already frayed ties between the two NATO allies over a series of issues, even though Turkey''s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump have maintained friendly personal ties.

Those include Turkey''s decision to purchase Russia''s S-400 anti-aircraft system, which Washington says is a threat to its F-35 fighter aircraft. Washington has kicked Turkey out of the F-35 program and has also threatened to sanction the country. Senior State Department officials said the lack of official meetings in Turkey was due to scheduling issues during the brief stop. They said meetings had been sought but Turkish officials were unable to come to Istanbul from the capital of Ankara during the time Pompeo will be there. The officials noted that Pompeo and his Turkish counterpart plan to see each other in early December at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers.

Turkish media reports said Turkish officials were giving Pompeo the cold-shoulder, after he allegedly refused to travel to the capital to pay an official visit. A senior Turkish Foreign Ministry official would not comment on the reports or say why Pompeo wasn''t meeting with Turkish officials. Turkey insists that it protects the rights of citizens of various faiths to freely practice their religions even though it recently drew criticism for reconverting Istanbul''s landmark Haghia Sophia into a mosque, ignoring calls for the former cathedral to be kept as a museum in recognition of the city''s multicultural past.

Meanwhile, around 25 members of a left-wing nationalist group staged a brief demonstration near the Patriarchate under heavy police presence, protesting Pompeo for meeting with Bartholomew instead of state officials. The demonstrators chanted “Down with US imperialism,” according to Turkey''s state-run Anadolu Agency. Later stops on Pompeo''s tour will include visits to Israeli settlements in the West Bank that have been avoided by previous secretaries of state.


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