ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Austria’s decision to close down mosques and expel foreign-funded imams is a threat to dialogue between religions and the decision should be changed, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday.
He made the comments at a news conference with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. Yildirim said it is a “great mistake and greatly unfortunate” that the decision came shortly before Austria takes over the presidency of the European Union.
A spokesman for the Austrian government declined to comment.
Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun and Francois Murphy in Vienna; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by David Dolan