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Turkish president slams world leaders for not acting “against Islamophobia in their own countries.”
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rebuked Western countries for ‘Islamophobia’ in response to growing criticism of his decision to turn Hagia Sophia cathedral into a mosque. “Those who do not take a step against Islamophobia in their own countries … attack Turkey’s will to use its sovereign rights,” Erdogan said on Saturday.
The remarks came in response to European and Western criticism over the conversion of the 1,500-year-old Christian church into a Muslim place of worship. Friday’s announcement was met with cries of ‘Allahu akbar’ by a crowd of Erdogan supporters outside Hagia Sophia, media reports said.
The decision was slammed by the European Union and the United States. Switzerland-based World Council of Churches expressed its “grief and dismay” over turning of one of the Christianity’s first cathedral into a mosque. Archbishop of Athens Ieronymos, who represents most of the Orthodox Christianity, called it an attack on civilization.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday rejected worldwide condemnation over Turkey’s decision to convert the Byzantine-era monument Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, saying it represented his country’s will to use its “sovereign rights”. (…)
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The historic Christian church Hagia Sophia is being reconverted into a Muslim mosque for the second time, per an or… https://t.co/Dnm8Z7cyCJ
The reconversion of Hagia Sophia to a Muslim mosque is an attack on the Christian faith. They want to cover up the… https://t.co/8ASRrqT2iG
RT @AJ_Cats_: I don’t wish sickness on anybody but this is the wrath of God. That’s what you get for turning our historic cathedral into a…
RT @ShahdJamal0: Sad thing is when Hagia Sophia museum was turned into mosque the whole world talked about it even some muslim countries de…
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