The leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, yesterday convened with the heads of religious minorities in Turkey, including Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Armenian Patriarch Archbishop Aram Ateşyan, Deputy Armenian Patriarch Archbishop Aram Ateşyan, Syriac Catholic Deputy Patriarch Chorepiscopus Yusuf Çetin, Istanbul Syriac Orthodox Church Metropolitan Yusuf Çetin and Chief Rabbi İshak Haleva at a luncheon in Istanbul.
Following the closed-door meeting, CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu said: "We convened with spiritual leaders. We [the CHP] listened to their problems. They said that some of their problems are due to legislation, while some of them are due to certain practices. We stressed that as the CHP, our principle is not to intervene in people's lifestyles and not to judge their ethnic origins. Some of their problems will be added to the Parliament's agenda in the upcoming days."
CHP Vice Chair Murat Özçelik, human rights lawyer and deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu, Istanbul provincial chairman Murat Karayalçın, Istanbul's Sarıyer district Mayor Şükrü Genç and party member Talin Ergüneş also attended the meeting.
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