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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew attends Ramadan dinner in Ankara

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After an official invitation, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited Ankara in Turkey on Tuesday, March 12 and attended a Ramadan (Iftar) dinner at the conference centre of the ruling AK Party’s headquarters.

The Ecumenical Patriarch was accompanied by the Elder Metropolitan Apostolos of Derkoi.

The dinner was the 15th in a row and was hosted by the party’s Foreign Relations Committee headed by Zafer Sirakaya MP.

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The Patriarch (second from right) with other guests. Photo: Presidency of the Republic of Turkey.

500 guests attended the dinner, including Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ministers, senior state officials and ambassadors from many countries.

There were a number of speeches on the night by Mr Sirakaya, the Ambassador of Djibouti and President Erdogan. All spoke about current international events and thanked everyone for attending.

The Patriarch had brief talks with Erdogan, among others, to whom he wished well for Ramadan, and returned to Constantinople around midnight.

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