July 27, 2020 / 10:59 AM / 16 days ago

Hagia Sophia must remain part of humanity's shared heritage, Spanish minister says

FILE PHOTO: Hagia Sophia or Ayasofya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is seen in Istanbul, Turkey, June 28, 2020. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said on Monday it was important that Turkey’s Hagia Sophia remains part of humanity’s shared global heritage, after it was reconverted into a mosque from a museum last week.

“For us it is important that the spirit of this great monument of Hagia Sophia is maintained,” she said at a joint news conference with her Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara.

Reporting by Nathan Allen; Editing by Inti Landauro

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