In an unsurprising but shock turn around, Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has cancelled his scheduled meeting with Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America Elpidophoros in New York.
The cancellation is being interpreted as both an act of solidarity with Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis who also cancelled his meeting with Elpidophoros, and an expression of dissatisfaction with Elpidophoros after he attended the inauguration of the Turkish Centre in New York in the presence of Erdogan.
Greek government sources have suggested that the reason for the cancellation was a scheduling conflict after the addition of a meeting with the Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal to the Prime Minister’s diary.
However, it is obvious that Mr. Mitsotakis does not want to meet with the Archbishop due to his presence at the inauguration of the Turkish centre.
In fact, yesterday at noon, during a press briefing government spokesman, Giannis Oikonomou, expressed Athens ‘annoyance with Archbishop’s decision”.
“We were disturbed by the actions of the Archbishop. The Greek government expresses its dissatisfaction ” said Mr Economou.