In addition, they touched on the topic of climate change.

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople held a meeting at the White House with US President Joe Biden, during which he discussed with him, among other issues, vaccination against coronavirus in the world. The White House press pool reported this.

“I would like to announce to you that together with His Holiness the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Anglicans, as well as religious leaders of Muslims and Jews, we must make an appeal to the whole world to facilitate access to vaccination for everyone, especially for poor people <…> so that everyone is safe,” Bartholomew told reporters at the White House after meeting with Biden. “The President took our joint initiative with great satisfaction,” the patriarch added.

According to him, he is “extremely pleased” with the way the meeting with the American leader went. The White House press service informed that Bartholomew and Biden touched upon the topic of combating the pandemic and climate change. “They discussed efforts aimed at countering climate change and ending the global coronavirus pandemic, as well as the importance of religious freedom, which is a fundamental human right,” the statement said.