Boutaris Gets Turkey’s Thanks On Heritage

Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris
Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Omer Celik met with Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris, in Ankara and thanked him for his sensitivity over the protection of Turkish and Ottoman artifacts in Thessaloniki. Boutaris told Turkish reporters about the construction of a mosque in Athens that,  “This is an issue for the Greek government. As far as I know, the Greek government has decided to construct a mosque in Athens.”

Çelik was quoted as saying, by the Anatolia news agency, “The restoration of founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s home in Thessaloniki has been completed. An inauguration ceremony will be held for the site in April. We request that the mayor name a square by the house the Square of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.”

Boutaris said that the construction of planned mosques in Thessaloniki was on Greece’s agenda, adding, “This issue will be solved in the course of time. It is no longer unclear.” He also added that he considers Turks the “brothers” of Greek people, while considering Europeans “partners.”

Boutaris also met with Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek in order to discuss projects in Ankara. “We cannot move forward if we do not embrace and respect our past. We have many points in common with the Turks,” Boutaris told Gökçek.


5 COMMENTS

  1. Boutaris is a real statesman and would be the most apt politician for Greek PM!

    His farsightedness, political metal, and unparalled negotiation skills make him a huge asset to Greece. Himself a Macedonian he is well aware of which regional issues demand urgency and which are political footballs used by subsequent Greek politicians only for domestic consumption among the people to keep their votes.

  2. Boutaris has no idea that Turks are criminals. He is not greek because he called Turks Greeks brothers. Turks are never our brothers and Italians too because they tried to destroy the greek race and greek civilization.

  3. Why Greece should build a mosque when Turks muslims hate Greeks and they converted Agia Sofia into mosque. Fake greeks who are selling islands, calling Turks our brothers, letting Turks inside Greece must get the death punishment. These fake greeks are not patriots, they are traitors or they have turkish blood and that’s why they behave like Turks.

  4. We request that the mayor name a square by the house the Square of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.”

    Forget it. This is Greece. Naming a Turk name in Greece is unacceptable. They have no rights. Just go to hell.

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