The Greek foreign ministry slammed Turkey for scheduling Muslim prayer readings during the Ramadan holiday inside Hagia Sophia, currently a United Nations World Heritage site and a museum but once the largest Orthodox Christian Church in the world for almost 1,000 years.
“We condemn as regressive the Turkish authorities’ announcement of the scheduling of a Koran reading in Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, on the occasion of Ramadan. Obsessions, verging on bigotry, with Muslim rituals in a monument of world cultural heritage are incomprehensible and reveal a lack of respect for and connection with reality”, the foreign minister said.
“Moreover, such actions are not compatible with modern, democratic and secular societies”, the Greek minister added, referring to Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s continued abandonment of the country’s secular traditions as established by Kemal Ataturk, the nation’s founder.
The prayers began on Monday June 6 and are being broadcast on Turkish television.