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BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – Athens considered the decision issued by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday to convert the Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque and open it to visitors to pray is “an open provocation to the civilized world.”

“Today’s decision (about the Hagia Sophia museum) that came as a result of President Erdogan’s political will is an open provocation to the civilized world that recognizes the unique value and ecumenical nature of the memorial,” Greek Culture Minister Lina Mindoni said on Friday.

The Turkish Anadolu Agency indicated that Erdogan issued a formal decision to convert the Hagia Sophia administration to the presidency of religious affairs and open a mosque for prayers.

The Turkish judiciary had canceled the decision of the Turkish Cabinet dating back to 1934, which decided to convert the Hagia Sophia from a mosque into a museum.

On Friday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called on Turkey not to convert the Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul into a mosque, noting Turkey’s legal obligations.

“The Hagia Sophia, as part of Istanbul’s archaeological areas, is included in the World Heritage List as a museum. A number of legal obligations and obligations are attached to it. Thus the state must ensure that the exceptional total value of the buildings on this land does not change,” they said.

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Stern Daler
2020-07-10 19:56
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Erdogan the Turkish AKP Caliph believes that his country’s soap operas of the Ottoman past come true again, if he shows his piety by undoing Atatürk’s work.
In this pipe dream Turkey does not need the miserly income from tourist visiting Hagia Sophia museum but has 25% of world GDP from the gas and oil fields of Greater Turkey’s possessions in the EU maritime acquis, northern Iraq and Syria. Because his great Muslim Turkish conqueror race deserves such destiny.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-07-15 17:01
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Next step is Make Constantinople Great Again!comment image

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-07-15 17:07
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Well, the good side is that, thanks to critters like Erdogan, al-Baghdadi, Nasrallah, Khamenei, al-Zawahiri, etc etc, if we have a referendum now, Islam will be banned from the EU

Filures after failures
Filures after failures
2020-07-11 20:33

Failures after failures. Little angry man trying to be relevant. First, he tried to ban a rockband and a song. Then he was made to understand by the EU, the Turks aren’t welcome in Europe. Then Putin reprimanded him. (for shooting down that plane) Then the ‘murricans told him, off your hands of the Kurds. Then Putin tells him off for not keeping to the Astana agreements effectively telling him to forget about the Ottoman Empire. Then Haftar destroys his air defense system. Then Egypt – and France – telling him to leave Libya. And now, whatever tiny bit of… Read more »

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-07-15 17:22

By all acting like Erdog, more and more Europeans read Q’ran, not for relgious purposes but to understand what the muzz are all about, then they understand that Islam goes against our laws and constitutions and wants to kill us and confront the politically-correct’s ayatoilets. Far right may end drafting a ban-referendum and despite we’re not far right, we’ll vote for this

Soon
Soon
2020-07-12 01:38

Russia will turn Turkey into a parking lot.