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UK abruptly cancels meeting with Greek PM over Parthenon dispute

British-Greek relations strained as key meeting scrapped


In a sudden turn of events, a diplomatic rift has surfaced between the British and Greek governments, revolving around the Parthenon Sculptures.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, on a working visit to the UK, expressed disappointment after his scheduled meeting with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was abruptly canceled by No 10 just hours before it was set to take place.

Mitsotakis, in a statement issued on Monday evening, conveyed his dismay, emphasizing the historical ties of friendship between Greece and Britain.

The cancellation, initiated by Sunak, has sparked concerns, particularly as the leaders were expected to discuss a range of issues, including the contentious matter of the Parthenon Sculptures.

Addressing the situation, Mitsotakis stated, "Greece and Britain are joined by traditional ties of friendship, and the framework of our bilateral relations is especially broad."

He underscored the significance of open dialogue, expressing hope for an opportunity to discuss not only the Parthenon Sculptures but also pressing global challenges such as Gaza, Ukraine, the climate crisis, and migration.

Asserting that those confident in their stance welcome debate, Mitsotakis signaled a readiness for constructive discussions.

This unexpected turn in diplomatic engagements adds complexity to the broader context of international relations, leaving questions about the future trajectory of Greek-British ties.

[With information sourced from Greek City Times]

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