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Greek PM thanks archbishop for offer of assistance

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday sent a letter to Archbishop Ieronymos, thanking the head of the Greek Orthodox Church for his offer to put up its assets for development to help the debt-racked country pay off its debt.

“At a time when, for political reasons, great pressure is being exerted on public finances, initiatives such as yours can provide real relief not just for state coffers but for society as a whole,” he said.

The premier proposed the immediate creation of a special committee to study and elaborate on the archbishop’s proposals.

In an interview with Skai TV over the Easter weekend, Ieronymos said he was open to the “development” of assets but ruled out the sale of property owned by the Church.