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President of Ukraine invites Ecumenical Patriarch to International Peace Conference

Yesterday, Friday 10 May 2024, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine reached out to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to extend warm Easter greetings on behalf of himself and the Ukrainian people.

Additionally, he extended a personal invitation for the Ecumenical Patriarch to attend the upcoming International Conference for Peace in Ukraine. Scheduled to take place in Lucerne, Switzerland, next June, this significant gathering will convene Heads of State and Government from across the globe.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in response to President Zelensky’s invitation, confirmed his attendance at the conference. He conveyed this decision during his conversation with President Zelensky, having officially accepted the invitation extended by the President of Switzerland, which was presented to him yesterday by the Consul General of Switzerland in Constantinople, Roland Brun, in the presence of the Consul General of Ukraine, Roman Nedilskyi.

Expressing his anticipation for their forthcoming meeting in Switzerland, the Ecumenical Patriarch reiterated the unwavering support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the people of Ukraine amidst the ongoing conflict.

President Zelensky, deeply appreciative of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s commitment to attend the International Conference, expressed heartfelt gratitude for his continuous support extended to Ukraine.

Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate / Photos: Nikos Papachristou