24 March, 2009
WASHINGTON (ANA-MPA/T. Ellis)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a 50-minute meeting with Archbishop Demetrios of America at the State Department, during which they discussed the continuing ban on the opening of the Halki School of Theology in Turkey, the issue of Cyprus and the question of the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
"It was a cordial meeting, in a climate of sincerity," Archbishop Demetrios said on his departure from the State Department, adding that "we are leaving with the hope that our positions will be taken into serious consideration."
U.S. Ambassador to Athens Daniel Speckhard, Alternate Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza and expatriates John Katsimatidis, Andy Manatos and P. Karloutsos were present at the meeting.