Media: Erdogan urges to return Greeks who "left Constantinople"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: aa.com.tr

The Turkish President made the announcement during a Muslim Iftar dinner he hosted for religious leaders.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the Greeks, who "left Constantinople, to return home," according to the Sabah newspaper.

“Let the Greeks, who left for Greece, return to their country, for this is also their country,” the Turkish leader said.

Erdogan made the announcement during a Muslim Iftar dinner he hosted for religious leaders of various faiths in Istanbul.

The Iftar was attended by Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan Yusif Chetin, the head of the Balikli Church Foundation Konstantin Yuvanidis, the chief rabbi of Turkey Iskhak Khaleva, the head of the Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey Sahak Mashalyan, the head of the Armenian hospital fund Surp Pyrgich Bedros Shirinoglu and others.

Earlier, Patriarch Bartholomew addressed Erdogan and all Muslims of Turkey in his person with wishes for Ramadan and its follow-up.

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