Friday, July 23, 2010

Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Turkey

Testimony of Francis J. Ricciardone
Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Turkey
July 20, 2010
Senate Foreign Relations Committee

“There could be no more powerful modern testimony to Turkey’s historic legacy of religious tolerance than reopening the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Halki Seminary. As Secretary Clinton has said, we have repeatedly and publicly called for the reopening of Halki Seminary and protecting the rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and will continue to do so until this is
addressed. If confirmed, I look forward to paying my respects to His All Holiness Bartholomew, more than 10 years since I last had that honor.”
Complete Testimony here:,%20Jr.,%20Hon.%20Francis%20Joseph1.pdf

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