Greece says no deal with Turkey over planned Athens mosque

Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Konstantinos Tsiaras said two countries had not signed any agreements during a bilateral meeting in Doha, Qatar, late last month on the construction of a mosque.

Greece says no deal with Turkey over planned Athens mosque

World Bulletin/News Desk

A senior Greek diplomat has said his country had no concluded deal with Turkey over the construction of a mosque in Athens, the only European Union capital without an Islamic prayer house, adding that the Greek government would use its own financial resources to build one.

Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Konstantinos Tsiaras said Friday Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan had not signed any agreements during a bilateral meeting in Doha, Qatar, late last month on the construction of a mosque.

In the January 20 meeting in Doha, Erdogan told his the Greek counterpart that the Turkish government might cover costs of a mosque in Athens - if the Greek government sanctioned it.

"The two prime minister did not sign any agreement on any issue in the Doha meeting," Tsiaras said in response to a parliamentary question submitted by far-right Golden Dawn lawmakers.

"There is no such topic on the agenda of the Turkish-Greek relations. And Athens has no intention of engaging in a debate with Turkey over this specific issue or any similar ones."

An estimated 500,000 Muslims live in Greece, with about 40 percent of them in the capital. Athens has around 100 makeshift mosques and the Greek government has long delayed plans to build an official one.

The country has not allowed construction of a mosque since 1883, the year when the Ottomans evacuated the city.

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cons
cons - 6 yıl Before

What a disgrace! Greece is still a third world country in so many ways. Afraid to put the Greek Orthodox Church where it belongs-out of politics. There are people in Greece who are muslim, buddhist, etc., and the government, instead of allowing freedom of religious practice, must consult the Greek church first.

Ios
Ios - 6 yıl Before

Greece is for the Greeks. Greeks are Christian Orthodox. If you don't like it go back home! Most non-christians are there illegally anyway...

Yani
Yani - 6 yıl Before

The Muslims took over turkey to use it as a gate way to take over Europe. Thank God for a place like Greece who stand up and say no to a Muslim take over.