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Stefanos Kasselakis meets Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios

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SYRIZA leader Stefanos Kasselakis met on Friday with the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios, in Athens.

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The two discussed the significance of peace initiatives and respect for international law in regard to the situation in Ukraine and the Middle East, the patriarch’s efforts for the protection of the environment, and his visit to Lesvos during the refugee crisis in 2016, the main opposition party said in a statement.

Stefanos Kasselakis thanked Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios for his support of Thessaly residents affected by the floods, and expressed his support of the efforts to reopen the Halki theological school in Istanbul.

Vartholomaios was visiting Greece to attend a conference.

The meeting comes to reconfirm Stefanos Kasselakis' willingness to come closer to the Greek Orthodox Church as opposed to many other members of SYRIZA - the party that he has been recently selected to lead - that prefer to distance themselves from the Church.