U.S. religious freedoms envoy to visit Turkey

The U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback will travel to Istanbul on Thursday, the U.S. State Department said in a press release issued on Tuesday.

During his visit, Brownback will meet with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, to discuss issues related to religious freedom. He will also visit key religious sites in and near Istanbul. 

Brownback started his tour on Tuesday in Rome and the Vatican City, where he is slated to spend the next two days participating in the launch of the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative, a dialogue led and organised by Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders.

The press release said the dialogue “seeks to foster mutual respect, tolerance, and understanding between the Abrahamic faith traditions in the quest for greater religious freedom, stability and peace around the world.”