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Greek NY Politicians Call on Trump to Condemn Erdogan’s Hagia Sophia Decision

New York City Greek-American elected officials are calling on the Trump administration to formally rebuff Turkey’s President, Recep Erdogan, for his decision to close the historic Hagia Sophia as a museum. State Senators Michael Gianaris and Andrew Gounardes, Assembly Member...

Turkish FM Spokesman: 'Greece is Europe's Spoiled Child'

Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy on Saturday called Greece "the spoiled child of Europe" that "must remember what happened to those who disrespected the Turkish flag in the Aegean." "Greece showed once again its enmity towards Islam and Turkey...

Church Bells in Greece Toll Mournfully for Hagia Sophia

Orthodox Churches throughout Greece on Friday marked  the conversion of Constantinople's Hagia Sophia to a mosque by mournfully tolling their bells. Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Ieronymos called the conversion of the cradle of the Greek Orthodoxy as "an...

Thousands Attend Hagia Sophia Prayers As Monument is Converted to Mosque

Thousands of worshipers, many waving Turkish flags, gathered at Hagia Sophia for Friday prayers as the UNESCO World Heritage Site was officially inaugurated as a mosque. The 1,500-year-old site became a museum in 1934. But earlier this month, a Turkish...

Greek EU Minister Schinas Expresses Anger Over Muslim Prayers in Hagia Sophia

  "Turkey must finally decide what its broader geopolitical goal will be," said Margaritis Schinas, the European Commission's vice-president and Commissioner for the promotion of the European way of life, during the presentation of the new EU strategy for the...

US House Passes Hagia Sophia Amendment

On the eve of Turkey’s planned inauguration of using Hagia Sophia as a mosque, the US House of Representatives passed, by unanimous consent, an amendment offered by Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) objecting to Turkey’s seizure of the Great Church...

Greek PM Mitsotakis Speaks with Russian President Putin by Telephone on Wednesday

According to information released by the Greek Prime Minister's office, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin by telephone on Wednesday evening. The two men discussed bilateral relations, and recent developments in the East Mediterranean and the...

Greece Launches Campaign to Raise International Awareness of Hagia Sophia

  A working group will be set up shortly in order to draw up a specific road map of actions to raise awareness within the international community about Turkey's conversion of Hagia Sophia to a mosque and to protect the priceless...

Erdogan Invites World Leaders to Friday’s Muslim Prayer Service at Hagia Sophia

According to information published in the Turkish daily newspaper Hurriyet today, government officials there have sent out invitations to a number of officials to hear the prayers which will be said on the first Friday after the reconversion of...

Greek President Sakellaropoulou Deplores Turkish Invasion, Hagia Sophia Decision

  "This year, on the sad anniversary of the 20th of July, we are facing an unprecedentedly escalating Turkish aggression, which is manifesting itself throughout the Eastern Mediterranean region," President Katerina Sakellaropoulou said on Monday in her statement on the...