Erdoğan condemns Trump’s Golan tweet, promises to make Hagia Sophia a mosque
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s support for Israel’s sovereignty over the annexed Syrian Golan Heights at a rally on Tuesday evening, Turkish pro-government daily Yeni Akit reported.
“Whose land are you giving to Israel, Trump? The United Nations have ruled that those are Syrian territories,” Erdoğan said, speaking in Istanbul ahead of the local elections on Sunday.
The Turkish president slammed Trump last Friday when he signalled his intention to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967 and annexed in 1981.
Trump signed an order officially recognising Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied territory on Monday.
Erdoğan, a vocal critic of the Israeli administration, vowed to take action at the United Nations in response.
The Turkish president also repeated his vow to turn Hagia Sophia, the architectural marvel originally built as a Greek Orthodox cathedral in the sixth century, into a mosque.
Hagia Sophia was used for centuries as a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453. It has been open to the public as a museum since 1935.
Erdoğan said he intended to turn it back into a mosque and let people access the building free of charge.