Turkish imams to play soccer with Bulgarian priests

Imams and priests will play a football match next week in Edirne.

Turkish imams to play soccer with Bulgarian priests

Turkish imams and Bulgarian priests will play a football match next week in Edirne - Turkey's closest city to the Bulgarian border to foster unity between faiths, said Turkey's union of religious workers.

Mahmut Eroglu, head of Turkish Religious Employees Union (Diyanet-Sen) in Edirne, said the union which organised the event to develop ties with religious officials from bordering Bulgaria.

“Functioning in Edirne border province linking two countries, we decided to have match with religious men from the neighboring country,” said Eroglu to AA.

Eroglu said that imams have good relations with priests inside the churches in Edirne.

“A football match is not the aim here. We want to give a message from here to the world,” he said.

“We have kins in Bulgaria and Greece. We want to give the message that we can live together peacefully in this world, as men of religion.”

Eroglu also said he hoped this project would contribute to the recognition of historical Edirne province. He said the union also plans to organize such games both in Bulgaria and Greece.

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