Government vice president and finance minister Evangelos Venizelos met on Saturday evening with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who is in Athens for the opening of the Athens 2011 Special Olympics.
During the half-hour meeting, Venizelos asked to be briefed on developments in matters concerning the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Greek community in Istanbul.

The Ecumenical Patriarch, in turn, described the task undertaken by Venizelos as "difficult".