A Greek Orthodox church in Istanbul hosted an iftar (fast-breaking meal), on Wednesday evening at an interfaith event. Tables were set at the courtyard of the Panagia Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul's Beşiktaş district for the event. Representatives from the Syriac Orthodox church attended the dinner along with local Muslims and Christians. Local representatives of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Republican People's Party (CHP) also attended the event. Speaking before the dinner, Apostol Danilidis, the Tarabya Metropolitan bishop of the Orthodox Church, said he thanked organizers for uniting people in Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims. Danilidis said he was "pleased to a see a beautiful mosaic of people gathered in a Christian place of worship."This gathering is a blessing from God and this iftar event shows how tolerance prevails in our country. This tradition of tolerance was special to Ottomans and we continue to keep it alive today. We are happy to be together regardless of religion, faith, race or color."
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