Islam: Greece, a mosque will be built in Thessaloniki

Nearly 5,000 muslims live in the area

12 December, 13:17

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, DECEMBER 12 - Yiannis Boutaris, the Mayor of Greek Thessaloniki city said that they launched initiatives to build a mosque in Thessaloniki where nearly 5,000 Muslims were living. Boutaris, as Anatolia news agency reports, visited Mayor Aziz Kocaoglu of Turkey's Aegean province of Izmir, and the two mayors decided to conclude the initiative which had been previously launched to declare Izmir and Thessaloniki as sister cities. Kocaoglu wished that the required protocol for being sister cities would be signed as soon as possible. He said that the relations between Izmir and Thessaloniki would have a positive impact not only on Turkish-Greek relations but also on the relations in Balkans and the Mediterranean. Boutaris added that Thessaloniki - where Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, was born in 1881 - was the Greek city which was a home to the highest number of Ottoman artifacts. (ANSAmed).

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