Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed pleasure concerning the reversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque and congratulated the Turkish folks in a telephone name with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday.
In his dialog with Erdoğan, Abbas hailed Turkey’s determination to revert Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia into a mosque, Turkey’s Communications Directorate mentioned.
Hagia Sophia served as a church for 916 years till the conquest of Istanbul, and a mosque from 1453 to 1934 — practically 500 years — and most lately as a museum for 86 years.
On July 10, a Turkish courtroom annulled a 1934 Cabinet decree that had turned Hagia Sophia into a museum, paving the best way for its use once more as a mosque.
One of probably the most visited historic buildings in Turkey by home and worldwide vacationers, Hagia Sophia was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985, throughout its time as a museum.
Meanwhile, President Erdoğan reiterated Turkey’s willpower to proceed to help the Palestinian trigger, the assertion learn.
Turkish officers have opposed Israeli aggression and occupation of Palestinian land.
In January, Turkey expressed outrage over a unilateral so-called peace plan by the U.S. for the Israeli-Palestinian battle as authorities pointed to Jerusalem as a “pink line” for the nation. The Turkish public, in the meantime, flocked to the streets to protest in each Washington and Tel Aviv over their “betrayal” of the Palestinians.
Being one of the principle nations which have maintained a transparent place on the Palestinian trigger, Turkey responded to the so-called “Deal of the Century” by U.S. President Donald Trump by stating that the folks and land of Palestine weren’t on the market.
The deal adopted Trump’s determination in December 2017 to acknowledge Jerusalem because the capital of Israel, a difficulty which was carried to the U.N. General Assembly after a draft decision on the matter was vetoed 14-1 by the U.S. within the U.N. Security Council.
Israel occupied east Jerusalem in the course of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. In 1980, in a transfer by no means acknowledged by the worldwide group, Israel annexed your complete metropolis, claiming it because the self-proclaimed Jewish state’s “everlasting and undivided” capital.