Greek Archbishop: Rishi Sunak deeply offended the Greeks of the world

The head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America criticized British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for canceling a meeting with his Greek counterpart over his comments demanding the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum, Politico reported.
"Rishi Sunak's decision to suddenly cancel his meeting with Kyriakos Mitsotakis regarding the Parthenon sculptures deeply offends Greeks around the world," Archbishop Elpidophoros wrote in X.
"These sculptures are exemplars of our common human heritage and their reunification in Athens fulfills Britain's moral and historical responsibility," he added.
Sunak was due to meet with Mitsotakis on November 28. But the Briton called off the talks after Mitsotakis gave an interview to the BBC in which he demanded the return of the Parthenon Marbles, the ancient sculptures that Britain's Lord Elgin brought out of Greece in the 19th century.
"I express my disappointment that the British Prime Minister canceled our planned meeting just hours before it was due to take place," Mitsotakis said.
A Greek government spokesman called Sunak's decision to cancel the meeting "unprecedented" and "disrespectful".
Britain's Labor Party took advantage of the saga, with leader Keir Starmer accusing Sunak of engaging in "petty politics" as he canceled the meeting with Mitsotakis./BGNES