Turkish President to Bargain Halki Theological School for Mosque in Thessaloniki

halkiTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that he would allow the re-opening of the Theological School of Halki if Greece allows at least one mosque in Thessaloniki.

Turkey is in favor of the immediate re-opening of the Theological School of Halki, provided that Greece will allow the operation of at least one mosque in Thessaloniki,” said Erdogan during a meeting on the subject of the Armenian genocide.

Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported that the Turkish president wants to “bargain” with Greece for the re-opening of the Halki Orthodox seminary in Turkey.

The theological school was the primary religious instruction institution of the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul and was shut down by Turkish authorities in 1971.

According to the report, Erdogan wants the Greek government to allow the opening of a mosque in the northern city Thessaloniki, which is the birthplace of modern Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

The report cites Mustafa Armagan, a Turkish magazine editor who was present at the meeting Erdogan hosted for historians and academics. Armagan quoted the Turkish president as saying that Ankara is willing to “trade” an immediate re-opening of the Halki theological school in exchange of at least one mosque in Thessaloniki.

Greece’s position is that the building of mosques in the predominately Orthodox Christian country is not a bilateral Greek-Turkish matter, whereas the Halki seminary’s re-opening deals with religious freedom in Turkey, the rights of the small Orthodox community in Istanbul and Turkey’s international obligations.

Most of the mosques found in Greece are located in the northeast border province of Thrace, where a Muslim minority is hosted. The Muslim community’s rights are expressly listed in the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, as are the Greek community’s rights in Turkey.


13 COMMENTS

  1. You can not have it your way, there are not one mosque in Athens(I am not religious ) but fallowing this event for a while, Greeks show total discontent about having a Mosque in Greece, but they want Turks to open this place, funny thing is that Turks are the most welcoming to different religions last 800 years, this is why these places still exists to talk about, show me one Ottoman places are preserved in Greece ? very few if any,this hypocrisy must end

  2. The Turks closed the school in the 70s for no reason, so they shouldn’t ask the Greeks to open another mosque in Greece. Don’t for forget Greece was under occupation for near 400 years, concerting nearly all the churches into a mosque and killing and mistreat many Greeks! So no to building a mosque in Greece!!!

  3. There will be no mosque in Athens. This dream of Turkey will never come true. Greece is a Christian country and we will not be another Lebanon.

  4. What are you talking about Mr. Turko. After the population exchange in 1923, there were 120,000 Greeks living in Turkey and also 120,000 Turks living in Greece. Today there are still 100,000 Turks living in Greece BUT less than 2000 Greeks living in Turkey because they fled due to persecution.

    So don’t tell me about welcoming Turks. Also, tell your joke to the Armenians.

  5. I am Turkish and I do not want to see any more mosques anymore, not in Turkey, not in Greece. I hope the Greek authorities do not turn out to be spineless and resist the Islamofascists that have usurped power in Turkey.

  6. Than Turks should turn Haiga Sophia into mosque. and just yesterday they open a Greek Church in Izmir, i think they should shut that down, you Greeks are hateful people no different than Serbians, now l know why Turks never trust you , people like you

  7. Okay, enjoy your hate, soon you be hating entire Europe when they kick you out of Euro, even you stay in Euro you are slaved for them for next 50 years, have a nice journey with your hate

  8. do you really think that there will be no mosque in Athens when Syriza has promised before ethe leection that they will build one? I will put $1000 down that if Tsipras is in power we will have at least 5 mosques in Athens in 3 years, he has said he will build at least one

  9. Greece have enough problems right now , not add more.If you give a free space to a muslim he try to conquer you.They caint live side by side with other religion and have no respect to other cultures.Marcus 77 try to tell us otherwise.So look what openmind turks did to HAGIA SOFIA. It was a bizantine cristian church.Look at it now.When Greece was under occupation Turks trade for money parthenons marbles to england without any permission,and recently i see a document that acropol tempel pillars was often smasht and used as a rocks or cement to bild ther houses.What disgrase!! So its better to stay away from greece coze i dont think is gona be any mosque and perhaps we do not need any Halki

  10. EU GreekReporter.com.
    Greece have enough problems right now , not add more.If you give a free space to a muslim he try to conquer you.They caint live side by side with other religion and have no respect to other cultures.Marcus 77 try to tell us otherwise.So look what openmind turks did to HAGIA SOFIA. It was a bizantine cristian church.Look at it now.When Greece was under occupation Turks trade for money parthenons marbles to england without any permission,and recently i see a document that acropol tempel pillars was often smasht and used as a rocks or cement to bild ther houses.What disgrase!! So its better to stay away from greece coze i dont think is gona be any mosque and perhaps we do not need any Halki

  11. europe is fast becoming a federation of muslim states – have you seen malmo or marseille lately? wikipedia carries a list of at least 20 european cities which already have muslim populations 10% or more – who wants to be in europe? well, judging by the massive muslim emigration to europe, muslims obviously do

  12. Yes, there will be no mosques in Athens. Syriza or any government can say what they want but we will never have a mosque in Athens.

  13. If I have the opportunity and the way, I will eliminate all Turks for their crimes to humanity.