Turkish Foreign Ministry on Hagia Sophia: “We invite Greece to free itself of its mindset deriving from history”

Turkish Foreign Ministry on Hagia Sophia: “We invite Greece to free itself of its mindset deriving from history”

Greece is the only remaining European country without a mosque in its capital

The Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson issued a statement regarding the announcement of the Greek Foreign Ministry condemning the celebrations in Hagia Sophia.

Greece continues to make futile and ineffective statements after each and every recitation of the Holy Quran in Hagia Sophia.

The fact that Greece, the only remaining European country without a mosque in its capital, is disturbed by the recital of the Holy Quran in Hagia Sophia is a case in point illustrating the intolerant psychology of this country, especially at a time when calls to prayer can be heard from minarets in Europe and the importance of principle of mutual respect is increasingly valued.

Moreover, the recent efforts of certain circles in Greece using Covid-19 pandemic as a pretext to silence call to prayer in Western Thrace which has been recited for centuries are still fresh in our memories.

Turkey has acted neither against the monumental status of Hagia Sophia, nor the 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. On the contrary, thanks to Turkey’s care and attention to the Historical Sites of Istanbul, these sites have survived for present generations as cultural heritages”.

In his statement, Aksoy concludes: “Hagia Sophia will remain as a significant treasure of Turkey and humanity, and will continue to be protected as such. We invite Greece to free itself of its mindset deriving from history”. /ibna