Çavuşoğlu reacts to the Christian administration of the Athens Mosque
The fact that the only mosque in Athens is without a dome and minaret and the presence of 5 Christians under the leadership of 9 people caused reactions.
Originally from Western Thrace, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Human Rights Investigation Commission and AK Party Bursa Deputy Hakan Çavuşoğlu evaluated Greece's scandalous mosque management decision to Yeni Şafak.
Çavuşoğlu stated that they considered a place made from a warehouse suitable as a mosque for nearly 400 thousand Muslims living in Greece, and said, “Greece tried to prolong this process for years, and continued to be the only capital in Europe without a mosque. As a result, when Greece realized that the international community could no longer resist this, many years later, it named a place outside of Athens as a mosque. So the mosque was not built. They said this is a mosque," he said.
THEY DID NOT ACCEPT THE HELP OFFER
Stating that they never accepted Türkiye's support for the mosque, Çavuşoğlu said, "As a result, unfortunately, regarding the inspection of this mosque, even though we say, "at least, there should be a gift from Türkiye here, from our embassy. A towel, a tile, a light bulb, a chandelier, they did not accept anything. Unfortunately, they did this by obtaining everything from other places," he said.
THERE ARE ALL KIND OF RESTRICTIONS
Çavuşoğlu said, “We as Türkiye said there we could help, but as far as I know, our help proposal were not accepted. They received this money on a project basis. Europe may have taken it on the basis of the United Nations. But they didn't build a mosque anyway, so they suddenly called the warehouse a mosque.
It is not a mosque with its minaret, pulpit and everything. It's somehow far from visible. In no way do they accept it. It is currently serving, but all kinds of restrictions, Greece somehow pulls it off and intervenes,” he said.
THE SAME TREATMENT TO OWN CITIZEN
Stating that the delegation formed for the mosque was not given even a single opportunity to Turkish Muslims, who are Greek citizens, Çavuşoğlu said, "The fact that there is no one from the Western Thrace Muslim Turkish minority living in Greece in this delegation, a management approach in which the majority of the delegates are Orthodox, does not mean freedom of religion and freedom of conscience at the international level. It is in no way compatible with human rights rules," he said.