Turkey Considers Greece's Reaction To The Prayer At The Hagia Sophia To Be Hostile
Turkey on Saturday criticized Greece's response to the first Muslim prayer in 90 years at Hagia Sophia, which the Turkish leadership declared a mosque, Western and Turkish media reported.
According to Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy, the reaction of Athens to the prayer at Hagia Sophia " once again showed the hostility of Greece towards Islam and Turkey."
According to Ankara, the Greek leadership provokes the Greek public to hostility towards Turkey. Aksoy called the Greeks "the spoiled children of Europe who cannot accept a repeat defeat in Hagia Sophia."
The Greek Foreign Ministry responded by issuing a comment accusing Turkey of religious fanaticism.
"The international community of the 21st century is shocked by the observation of religious and nationalist fanatic turmoil in modern Turkey, "the Greek newspaper Ekathimerini quoted the statement as saying.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis last Friday said that the Muslim prayer at Hagia Sophia is "not an indicator of strength, but proof of weakness" of Turkey.
The day before, the Cathedral hosted the first collective Muslim prayer since 1934, which was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Hagia Sophia received its Museum status in 1934 by the decision of the first President of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Since 1985, the Cathedral has been included in the UNESCO world heritage list.