U.S. disappointed by the decision of the Turkish authorities to turn the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque, and waiting for Ankara’s response to the question of how landmark will continue to be available to all visitors. This was stated by state Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus.
“the Building is an important part of “historical heritage of Istanbul”, UNESCO world heritage site in recognition of its rich multicultural history,” she said.
According to her, the Turkish authorities pledged to maintain access to the Cathedral to all visitors. Ortagus noted that Washington look forward to hear Ankara’s plans for continued management of Ayia Sofia to ensure unhindered access for visitors.
Recall, the Turkish Council of state annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum after which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of interest in the mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship.