ISTANBUL. – Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu paid a visit to the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople and met with Archbishop Aram Ateshyan, the Deputy Patriarch of Constantinople.  

Davutoglu stated that the Turkish authorities do not discriminate against Turkey’s national and religious minorities, and recalled that Armenians have held—and continue to hold—important posts in Turkey, Haberler news agency of Turkey informs.

In his turn, Archbishop Ateshyan noted that although positive changes are taking place in Turkey, there are saddening facts, too. “Slogans insulting the Armenians were present at the Khojaly incidents’ commemoration event, which was held on last Sunday at [downtown Istanbul’s] Taksim Square. The Armenian community is very much outraged by these insults,” Ateshyan said.    

At the end of the meeting, Archbishop Aram Ateshyan presented to FM Ahmet Davutoglu a book devoted to the Ottoman-era Armenians.