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The EU condemns the decision of the cathedral

the EU condemns the decision, to the cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, must be transformed from museum to mosque.

It says the EU's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, after a meeting with EU countries ' foreign ministers on Monday.

the european UNION countries calls on Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to reconsider the decision to make the cathedral into a mosque.

- EU condemns Turkey's decision to make such a symbolic monument such as the Hagia Sophia to a mosque.

- This decision will inevitably create distrust, and to promote a renewed rift between traditional society and undermine our efforts to create dialogue and cooperation, says Borrell.

Erdogan announced the decision to make the Hagia Sophia to a mosque after a court annulled the cathedral's status as a museum.

Friday 10. July signed Erdogan of a decree, which is to make the museum into a mosque.

Hagia Sophia was built 1500 years ago as an orthodox christian cathedral, was converted into a mosque after the ottoman conquest in 1453.

In 1934 it was however to a museum and is today a Unesco world heritage site.

the Luxembourg foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, think it is a setback for cooperation between the EU and Turkey, to Turkey to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.

- When I look at what is happening with the Hagia Sophia, it is a blow against civilization, he says.

EU ministers discussed on Monday's meeting, also other issues related to Turkey.

It is about Turkey's contentious drilling for oil and gas off the Cyprus coast, that country is violating the UN arms embargo in Libya, and that Turkey according to the EU do not comply with a migrantaftale from 2016.

the EU will look at whether there should be sanctions against Turkey, if the country does not stop, among other things, the contentious drilling in the eastern Mediterranean. However, dialogue should resolve the tensions, " says Borrell.

Turkey is an important country for the EU, and the relationship must be developed. But this must be done in respect for european values, principles and interests, he says.

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