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Ecumenical Patriarch receives Ukrainian President Yuschenko

ISTANBUL (ANA - A. Kourkoulas) Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko on Thursday paid a visit to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew shortly before his departure from Istanbul, returning an earlier visit by the Patriarch.

Yuschenko reiterated an invitation to the Patriarch to visit the Ukraine as soon as possible and discussed Ukrainian ecclesiastical issues.

Greeting the Ukrainian president at the head of a large delegation of the Patriarchate's court, Bartholomew thanked Yuschenko for his regard. The Patriarch had earlier visited Yuschenko at his hotel in order to discuss ways of dealing with the fragmentation of Orthodox Christians in the Ukraine.

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