Friday, May 24 2024

Mitsotakis to Erdogan: The minority in Thrace is religious, not ethnic Turkish

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A few hours ago, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrived in Turkey for his scheduled visit. During the joint press conference with the Turkish President, one of the issues raised by Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the Muslim minority in Thrace.

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The Turkish president spoke of a "Turkish" minority, only to receive a clear answer from the Greek prime minister, who stressed that it is a "religious" minority characterized as such by the Treaty of Lausanne.

In fact, he added meaningfully that "it would be desirable if the Hellenism of Turkey knew the same flourishing".

"We see the issue of the Turkish minority as an issue that can strengthen the friendship of our peoples," Erdogan said to receive the answer from Kyriakos Mitsotakis:

"The minorities in our countries identified by the Treaty of Lausanne are a bridge of friendship."

"The classification of the minority as religious is explicitly provided for in the Treaty of Lausanne and the practical concern for its well-being is confirmed by the practical observance of principles of equality and equality and by the taking of special measures enjoyed by the Muslims of our country," he added.

"It would be desirable if the ever-shrinking Hellenism in Turkey experienced the same flourishing," he continued.

"We had the opportunity to discuss our sadness, our dissatisfaction with the fact that the Monastery of Chora will function as a mosque. At the very least, it is very important to preserve the special cultural value of the monument, so that it can be visited by all," he said.

The meeting between Mitsotakis and Erdogan began with mutual congratulations on the success of both for their re-election.

The two shook hands warmly and commented on the re-election of the two governments in recent polls. "We have a new team in the cabinet," the Turkish president said, with Kyriakos Mitsotakis saying: "We also have a new team. The ministers have met each other and there is good contact."

At the same time, Ibrahim Kalin entered the meeting venue and congratulated Mitsotakis on his re-election. "Congratulations on your new duties," the Greek prime minister replied.

At the "table" of the meeting and next to Kyriakos Mitsotakis are the Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Gerapetritis and the director of his diplomatic office, Anna Maria Boura. Similarly, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is accompanied by Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan and his chief adviser, Akif Cagataj Kilic.