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US News Invitation to the White House: Biden receives the patriarch - and lets Erdogan waiting

21:40  22 october  2021
21:40  22 october  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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US President Joe Biden meets the church leaders Bartholomake I from Turkey. Their President Erdogan continues to wait in vain for invitation.

Barholomäus I. wird in den USA empfangen werden wie ein Staatsgast. © Photo: Imago Images / Zum Wire Becholomew I. will be received in the US like a public guest.

for the Turkish Government is Bartholomew I. No more than a simple Orthodoxer spiritual in Istanbul. The 81-year-old represented only about 2000 Greek Orthodox Christians at Bosphorus after the official view of Ankaras. But now the priest of US President Joe Biden is welcomed in the White House in Washington - during the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been waiting for an appointment at Biden since January. Because Bartholomew is not someone: As an ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, he is the spiritual head of 300 million Orthodox Christians throughout the world. He can use the support of the USA.

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Bartholomew travel to a ten-day visit to the USA at the weekend to celebrate the centenary of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Patriarch will be stated there like an important public guest. Just on the first day of his stay, he is a guest of Biden in the White House. The President of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and Foreign Minister Antony will be blinking.

Biden hospitality for the patriarch is in a stark contrast to his handling of Erdogan. He keeps the Turkish president at a distance and did not want to be together with him at the UN General Assembly in September in New York, let alone received him in the White House. The two politicians in June in Brussels had led their first personal conversation since Bond's office in January and, according to Turkish media reports, want to meet again next week at the G20 summit in Rome. An invitation for Erdogan to the White House is not available.

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The Turkish-American relations are burdened for many reasons, from the Turkish decision for a Russian aircraft security system to Syria policy and the democracy reduction in the Turkey. in the election campaign bidishes called the Turkish head of state of autocrat; Erdogan said a few days ago, he does not come up with biders.

At the Meeting of the US President with the Patriarch, it is likely to go to the rights of Christians in Turkey. An important topic is the ban on Christian priest education in Turkey: This year, the closure of the Priestseminar Halki at Istanbul will be a 50th time. Since 1971, the Orthodox clergy in Turkey can therefore do no more offspring. Bartholomew, even graduate of Halki, belongs to the last generation of a clergy-based clergy, whose history returns to Ostetrömische Empire.

Because religious minorities such as Christians are considered by the Turkish state with mistrust, they must not manage themselves. The authorities mix with the new election of church leaders. Legal restrictions also create problems in real estate and other areas for Christian communities.

in the US grows the criticism of Turkey's course. The Foreign Ministry in Washington recently demanded the reopening of Halki. The US government commission for international religious freedom wants to put Turkey on a blacklist because the country "commits or permits serious injury to religious freedom". The examples include the conversion of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque. The House of Representatives demanded help for the patriarchy in Istanbul in the spring in a resolution.

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