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June 12, 2018 10:27 am

Turkish PM: Austria Closing Mosques Is Threat to Interreligious Dialogue

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Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks during a news conference in Afghanistan, April 8, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Mohammad Ismail / File.

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.

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