A tie and handkerchief in his jacket pocket sufficed King Charles III This Friday, the 1st, raises doubts about his appearance in the conference United Nations Climate Change (COP28). With flag shapes and colors GreeceThe collection was selected days after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his Greek counterpart, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, sparked controversy over the Parthenon sculptures.
The British monarch has Greek ancestry on his father’s side, Prince Philip (1921-2021), was born on the Greek island of Corfu. In the United Arab Emirates, Charles spoke at a climate summit in Dubai, wearing advocacy gear and meeting them. Sunak behind the scenes.
A Buckingham Palace source told Reuters that Charles wore the same tie last week before the row escalated. In response to rumors raised by the British media about a possible sting. Sunak’s spokesperson declined to comment on the episode.
+ Greece and UK intensify diplomatic battle over Parthenon sculptures
Controversy over the Parthenon sculptures
The controversy began in 1806 when an English lord removed 2,500-year-old artwork from the Parthenon temple in Greece. Today, the figures are on display British MuseumBut its country of origin has been demanding its return for years.
The British prime minister escalated diplomatic tensions between London and Athens this week, first by canceling a meeting with Mitsotakis and then accusing the Greek leader of being “arrogant”. Mitsotakis said Chunak wanted to avoid discussing the fate of the Parthenon statues as the meeting scheduled for Tuesday 28 was cancelled.
“I express my annoyance that the British Prime Minister canceled our scheduled meeting hours before it was due to take place,” Mitsotakis said in a statement.
“Greece’s positions on the issue of the Parthenon sculptures are well known. I hope to have an opportunity to discuss them with my British representative. Those who believe in the integrity and justice of their positions will never be afraid to face arguments,” he said.
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