Paris “deplores” the conversion of the former Saint-Sophie basilica into a mosque - Jmundo

Paris “deplores” the conversion of the former Saint-Sophie basilica into a mosque

« These decisions call into question one of the most symbolic acts of modern and secular Turkey, » Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.

The French government « deplores » the decision of the Turkish authorities to transform the former Hagia Sophia in Istanbul from a museum to a mosque, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday. “France deplores the decision of the Turkish Council of State to modify the statute of museum of Hagia Sophia and the decree of President Erdogan placing it under the authority of the Directorate of Religious Affairs.

These decisions call into question one of the most symbolic acts of modern and secular Turkey, ”the minister said, according to a statement. « The integrity of this religious, architectural and historical gem, symbol of freedom of religion, tolerance and diversity, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, must be preserved, » added the Minister.

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