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Patriarchate ‘key partner’ in US fight for religious freedom, says Pompeo

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Istanbul on Tuesday with Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios and visited the Patriarchal Church of St. George during a brief stop in Turkey that will not include meetings with government officials.

The object of the visit, according to a State Department announcement, was to discuss religious freedoms in Turkey.

“As leader of the Orthodox world, the Ecumenical Patriarchate is a key partner as we continue to champion religious freedom around the globe,” Pompeo said in a message on Twitter after meeting with Vartholomaios.

Pompeo also met with the apostolic nuncio to Turkey, Archbishop Paul Russell, according to The Associated Press.