Re: “Canada in ‘regular’ conversation with Turkey on extremist travellers, says new ambassador,” (The Hill Times, Feb. 20, p. 18). Canada has an important and growing bilateral relationship with Turkey as outlined in Samantha Wright Allen’s interview with Kerim Uras, the new Turkish ambassador to Canada. In addition to security-related matters and trade issues, one area where Canada can work with Turkey on is the advancement of religious freedom in that country, specifically the reopening of the Halki seminary. During deputy minister of foreign affairs Ian Shugart’s recent visit to Turkey, he met with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, where presumably this issue was discussed. For decades, the Theological School of Halki trained new clergy for the Orthodox Christian Church, but was forcibly closed by Turkish authorities in 1971. Since then, many countries and international organizations have called on Turkey to reopen Halki. A number of years ago, the House of Commons unanimously supported a motion that expressed support for reopening Halki. On Feb. 6, following meetings with President Erdoğan, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made a historic visit to Halki that many interpreted as a positive step towards recommencement of its operations. Like it has performed many times in the past, Canada, as a member of the G7, can play an honest broker role to help to finally achieve the reopening of the Halki seminary. Evan Sotiropoulos Toronto, Ont.