Greece angered over Turkish Deputy PM’s Hagia Sophia remarks

November 2013 The Greek Foreign Ministry has reacted angrily over a possible conversion of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Museum into a mosque following statements from Turkish officials. “The repeated statements from Turkish officials regarding the conversion of Byzantine Christian churches into mosques are an insult to the religious sensibilities of millions of Christians and are actions that are ...

Return of Mor Gabriel Monastery land approved

8/10/13 Turkish Deputy PM Arinc says the assembly of foundations, the decision-making body of the Directorate General of Foundations, decided to return land to Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc has said the assembly of foundations, the decision-making body of the Directorate General of Foundations, decided to return land to the Mor Gabriel ...

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul may become Mosque

A. Tagiyeva 1/11/2011 Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, which was earlier a Patriarchal Orthodox Cathedral and later a mosque, and now a museum, may once again become an active mosque, the Sabah newspaper reports. Repairs are underway. A mimbar - a platform for the imam -- is planned to be built in the museum. Earlier, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent ...

Turkish Deputy PM: We must solve our problems with Armenia

16/03/2011 Turkish Deputy PM Bulent Arinc, extended a speech at “Leaders’ of revolutions summit”, which kicked off in Istanbul, and referred to the significance of normalizing Armenian-Turkish relations. According to Turkish “Habergec” publication, Turkish statesman underscored that Ankara is faithful to “zero problem with neighbors” policy and supports regional and global peace in general. “We have ...