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British PM accuses Kyriakos Mitsotakis of “grandstanding” over Parthenon Marbles

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The British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak has accused Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis of trying to “grandstand” over the Parthenon Marbles dispute. 

Ekathimerini shared that Mitsotakis was also accused of breaking a promise to the UK Government ahead of their scheduled meeting.

This feud between the two governments has been continuing since Monday, when the British PM Mr Sunak cancelled their meeting just hours before it was set to take place.

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Mitsotakis discussing the return of the Parthenon Marbles.

“Of course, we’re always happy to discuss important topics of substance with our allies, like tackling illegal migration or indeed strengthening our security,” Sunak told MPs during Prime Minister’s Questions.

“But when it was clear that the purpose of a meeting was not to discuss substantive issues for the future, but rather to grandstand and relitigate issues of the past, it was inappropriate.”

The British PM said Mitsotakis also promised to not talk publicly about the marbles during his visit, however this was not the case.

“Furthermore … when specific commitments and specific assurances on that topic were made to this country and then were broken, it may seem alien to him, but my view is when people make commitments they should keep them,” he said.

The Greek government denied that the promise was instilled.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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