World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has met with Turkey's Armenian Church Patriarch Aram Atesyan and his delegation in a closed-doors meeting.
Before the hour and a half meeting, Atesyan gifted Erdogan an Ottoman vase, who in turn received a silver plate from the Prime Minister.
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu were also present in the meeting along with Armenian foundation-owned hospital chairman Bedros Sirinoglu, Armenian school board chief Dikran Gulmezgil and Atesyan's assistant Ayk Murzoglu.
After the meeting, Atesyan said that he was pleased with Erdogan's message of condolences to the descendents of the victims of the 1915 tragedy in which many Armenians lost their lives towards the fall of the Ottoman Empire, adding that most Armenians in his congregation felt the same.
"The same way our Prime Minister always takes the first step, he did so again by sharing our pain on April 24. He is like the pigeon sent by the Prophet to offer an olive branch. We cannot ignore this," he said.Last Mod: 01 Mayıs 2014, 17:15