Haberler      English      العربية      Pусский         Kurdî      Türkçe Delivering News and Insights Around the World Keltis
  En.Haberler.Com - Latest News
SEARCH IN NEWS:
  HOME PAGE 13/08/2020 20:05 
14.07.2020 14:27 News >> Opposition Leader Backs Hagia Sophia Being Mosque Again

Opposition Leader Backs Hagia Sophia Being Mosque Again

Hagia Sophia is to be opened for worship but should be closed to politics, says IYI Party leader Meral Aksener.

Hagia Sophia should be opened for worship – as the government decided last week – but it should be "closed to politics," a Turkish opposition leader said Tuesday.
"The trust of Sultan Mehmet [the Conqueror] will be completely opened for worship. An expectation of our nation has been met," Meral Aksener told her Good (IYI) Party parliamentary group, referring to the leader who conquered Istanbul in 1453 and made Hagia Sophia a mosque.
"Hagia Sophia should be opened for worship, but it should be closed to politics," she added.
Aksener said that Hagia Sophia is being opened to worship in line with the nation's wishes.
On Friday, a high Turkish court annulled a 1934 Cabinet decree that had turned the Hagia Sophia into a museum, paving the way for its use again as a mosque after an 85-year hiatus.
Before 1934 it had been used as a mosque for nearly 500 years.
Aksener criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks after the decision was announced, saying: "I had expected him to reflect the wishes and expectation of our nation and support coming from every wing of politics with care and a spirit of reaching out. He did it with a belligerent spirit."
Under the Byzantine Empire, for centuries Hagia Sophia was used as a church. Following the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453, it was turned into a mosque, a status it kept for nearly half a millennium. But in 1935, under a Cabinet decision, it was converted into a museum. -



        Latest News
Turkish Stocks Down At Daily Close -34 minutes ago...
BIST 100 index falls 13.9 points from previous close, USD/TRY exchange rate stands around 7.3160.
Netanyahu Hails Israel, UAE Deal To Normalize Ties -34 minutes ago...
Development marks only 3rd time Arab nation has opened full diplomatic ties with Israel.
US Designates Confucius Institutes As Foreign Mission -34 minutes ago...
Institute part of Chinese Communist Party's 'global influence and propaganda apparatus,' says top US diplomat.
Turkish, EU Leaders Discuss E.Mediterranean Issues -34 minutes ago...
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, EU's Charles Michel also talk about regional issues in phone call.
Trump Hails Israel, UAE Agreement To Normalize Ties -34 minutes ago...
'HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends,' says US president.

 
      Top News
No Replays For 2020-21 Season In FA Cup No Replays For 2020-21 Season In FA Cup
Trump Hails Israel, UAE Agreement To Normalize Ties Trump Hails Israel, UAE Agreement To Normalize Ties
US' Pompeo Spreading 'Political Viruses': China US' Pompeo Spreading 'Political Viruses': China
Turkey, Libya Ink Deal To Boost Trade, Economic Ties Turkey, Libya Ink Deal To Boost Trade, Economic Ties
Anadolu Agency Management Visits Main Opposition Head Anadolu Agency Management Visits Main Opposition Head
Bollywood Star Aamir Khan Meets Fans In Turkey Bollywood Star Aamir Khan Meets Fans In Turkey
Turkish Forces Arrest 20 YPG/PKK Terrorists In N.Syria Turkish Forces Arrest 20 YPG/PKK Terrorists In N.Syria
New Anti-Terror Operation Launched In Turkey's South New Anti-Terror Operation Launched In Turkey's South
UN Calls For Rapid Formation Of Lebanese Government UN Calls For Rapid Formation Of Lebanese Government
Greece Turns Deaf Ear To Turkey's Call For Dialogue Greece Turns Deaf Ear To Turkey's Call For Dialogue