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Greek PM unhappy after UK's Sunak cancels talks

Amid Parthenon marbles spat

28 November, 12:03

(ANSA-AFP) - LONDON, NOV 28 - Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his "displeasure" Monday over UK counterpart Rishi Sunak's last minute cancellation of a bilateral meeting set to discuss their long-running dispute over the Parthenon Marbles. The two leaders were due to hold talks midday Tuesday in London, where Mitsotakis has been visiting since Sunday, before news of their axing emerged late Monday amid an apparent spat over the so-called Elgin Marbles.
    "I would like to express my displeasure at the British Prime Minister's cancellation of our meeting just a few hours before it was due to take place," the Greek leader said in a brief statement. He reportedly declined a UK offer to meet Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden instead. A Downing Street spokesperson said "the UK-Greece relationship is hugely important", citing joint work within NATO and "tackling shared challenges like illegal migration" and the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East. (ANSA-AFP).

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