European Union External Action

Turkey: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on the decision regarding Hagia Sophia

Brussels, 10/07/2020 - 20:35, UNIQUE ID: 200710_30
Statements by the HR/VP

Hagia Sophia has a strong symbolic, historical and universal value. Turkey has developed a well-established tradition of cultural conservation as well as a recognised tradition of intellectual and cultural openness. The ruling by the Turkish Council of State to overturn one of modern Turkey's landmark decisions and President Erdoğan‘s decision to place the monument under the management of the Religious Affairs Presidency, is regrettable. As a founding member of the Alliance of Civilisations, Turkey has committed to the promotion of inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue and to fostering of tolerance and co-existence.