The British slam Rishi Sunak for canceling the meeting with Mitsotakis: "Give back the Sculptures"

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Following Rishi Sunak's indecent and sudden decision to not meet with Kyriakos Mitsotakis today as scheduled over his statements about the Parthenon Sculptures, the British took to social media to express their opposition to their prime minister's decision.

While a representative of the British government - against the background of the visit to London of the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis - declares that the position of the British side is clear, ruling out any possibility of the return of the Parthenon Sculptures, the British seem not to have the same point of view and do not share the attitude of the British government regarding the Sculptures, supporting their return to Greece.

"What has happened to Britain? Sunak cancels a meeting with Mitsotakis because the Greek PM repeated age-old demands over the Elgin marbles while in London. In the midst of war on the continent and a crisis in the Middle East, this is what Sunak focuses on??" writes renowned journalist Stanley Pignal.

"Fact. They were removed without the proper right to do so.
Fact. The elite from the UK have for centuries stolen from other cultures.
Fact. The marbles should be returned to Greece as a historic part of Greece's cultural treasures.
Fact. Sunak is an entitled devious pissboy."

Another user comments: "Sunak chooses the hill as a hill to die on."

"What an amateur Sunak is! Large parts of British society inc inside the Tory party support the unconditional return of the Parthenon Marbles. Do the right thing and cement a lasting πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡· alliance - give them back!" wrote another journalist.

"F###ing hell but this is pathetic. The Greek PM restates the long-term policy of the Greek government and our PM throws his toys out of the pram in a desperate bid to curry favour with xenophobic tabloid editors. What a small, sad country," Jonathan Lis wrote.

"Sunak is stupid"

Also the Greek X (formerly Twitter) commented on Sunak's decision to refuse to see Kyriakos Mitsotakis because of the Parthenon Sculptures.

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Mitsotakis expresses dismay at Sunak's cancellation of their London meeting

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his dismay that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak cancelled their scheduled meeting in London "a few hours before it was due", in a statement on Monday evening.

The two leaders were scheduled to meet on Tuesday, as part of Mitsotakis' working visit to the UK. The cancellation came at Sunak's initiative.

Commenting on the move, Mitsotakis said that "Greece and Britain are joined by traditional ties of friendship, and the framework of our bilateral relations is especially broad."

He noted that Greece's stance on the Parthenon Sculptures is well known, adding that he was hoping "to have the opportunity to discuss it with my British counterpart, along with current challenges: Gaza, Ukraine, the climate crisis and migration."

Anyone who believes his stance is right and fair is never afraid of debating, noted Mitsotakis.

Kasselakis: Sunak's decision to cancel meeting with Mitsotakis is unacceptable

"The decision of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to cancel his scheduled meeting with Mr. Mitsotakis is unacceptable," SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Stefanos Kasselakis said in a post on "X".

Kasselakis underlined that "the case of the Parthenon Marbles is an issue that goes beyond the face of the respective Greek Prime Minister and the party confrontations. It is a national affair that concerns the history of an entire people. And a moral issue concerning the shameless theft of cultural wealth from its natural space."

"Therefore, we demand everyone's respect for our institutions and rights," he underlined.

READ MORE: Rishi Sunak’s pro-Turkish position and his defeat in the polls.

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