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Heads of the Armenian community foundations and influential members on Wednesday met—at the Governorship of Istanbul—with Minister of the Interior of Turkey,  Süleyman Soylu, as well as the Istanbul Police chief, Istanbul Gendarmerie commander, Istanbul governor, and several other senior officials.

Sebuh Aslangil, spokesperson of the initiative group to organize the election of the next Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, pointed to the Governorship of Istanbul letter addressed to the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople, in which it was noted that Turkish authorities do not recognize Archbishop Karekin Bekçiyan, who was elected Patriarch locum tenens, according to Agos Armenian weekly of Istanbul.

Aslangil added that all respective processes at the Armenian Patriarchate were carried out in accordance with Turkey’s laws and Armenian Church regulations, and therefore such a letter had saddened them.

Minister Soylu, for his part, said he will convey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım these discussions and the proposed requests, whereupon they will again meet with Armenian community representatives a month later.

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