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Hagia Sophia must remain part of humanity’s shared heritage, Spanish minister says – Metro US

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

People visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque in Istanbul
People visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque in Istanbul

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.

(This story has been refiled to fix spelling in headline)

(Reporting by Nathan Allen; Editing by Inti Landauro)

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