Hagia Sophia not an international matter, Turkish FM says

Hagia Sophia not an international matter, Turkish FM says
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The issue of Hagia Sophia is not an international matter but is a matter of national sovereignty for Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.

Cavusoglu told a live broadcast on NTV that Turkey will make the final decision on the status of Hagia Sophia, whether it will be re-converted into a mosque or remain as a museum.

"Greece is one of the last countries to lecture the world on minority rights as it is the only country in Europe without a mosque in its capital and has penalized minority religious authorities in Western Thrace for holding Friday prayers," Cavusoglu said.

The foreign minister also said Turkey is not concerned about the maritime deal between Greece and Italy in the Ionian Sea.

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