President of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate at the Phanar
On Thursday, July 5, 2012, the President of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, Professor Mehmet Görmez, accompanied by İstanbul Chief Mufti Rahmi Yaran, visited the Phanar, where he was received by His All-Holiness. Prof. Görmez expressed support for the reopening the Theological School of Halki, saying that it is a fundamental right of non-Muslims living in Turkey to educate their own leaders and teachers. In attendance also were Metropolitans Geron Apostolos of Derkoi, Theoliptos of Iconium and Stephanos of Kallioupolis and Madyton as well as the legal advisers of the Patriarchate, Prof. and Mrs. Hussein Chatemi.
Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate