Monday, February 4, 2019

Greek PM Tsipras Going on 2-Day Visit to Turkey; Will Ask Turkish Pres. to Reopen Halki Seminary

The long-running international campaign to re-open a Greek Orthodox theological school in Turkey is set for a major boost this week, the Euro News website reports today (February 4, 2019).

Greece's prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, will visit Orthodox Halki seminary during a two-day diplomatic trip to the country.

The seminary was closed down by the Turkish state in 1971, and experts say Tsipras' presence there is expected to be mostly symbolic.

His visit will put the campaign to re-open the seminary -- considered the last stand for Christianity in  predominantly Islamic Turkey -- back on the map. That is important in the era of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which has moved Turkey away from its tradition of separating church and state.

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