Turkey, then a fledgling nation, cemented its sovereignty many years in the past with the Treaty of Lausanne.
On the anniversary of its signing, Turkey took one other step to present the world that its sovereignty is undisputed and can’t be intervened by others.
On July 24, Hagia Sophia museum, a Byzantine landmark which was transformed into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul, will probably be reopened as a mosque, on the 97th anniversary of the treaty between Turkey and world powers.
Signed on July 24, 1923, in Switzerland’s Lausanne, the treaty formally ended hostilities between the Allies and the Turkish state led by the Grand National Assembly and marked most of Turkey’s present borders.
It additionally reversed the intensive losses of Turkish-inhabited territories that have been specified by the Sevres Treaty, pressured upon the Ottoman Empire by Allied powers.
It additionally put an finish to the centuries-long financial concessions granted by the Ottoman Empire to European powers.
“It is about our sovereignty rights,” Erdoğan mentioned in his speech on Friday night as some nations rushed to criticize Turkey for the choice.
Greece, one of many signatories of the Treaty, was among the many first nations to slam the transfer.
Critics argue Hagia Sophia is a world heritage web site and may stay as a museum.