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


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  • Monday, 27 Jul 2020

FILE PHOTOTeam Redbull pilot Peter Besenyei of Hungary flies past the Hagia Sofia (Ayasofya), a sixth century Byzantinian monument, during the elimination round for the Red Bull Air Race world series over Golden Horn in Istanbul June 1, 2007. REUTERS/Fatih Saribas (TURKEY)

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.

(The story refiles to fix spelling in headline.)

(Reporting by Nathan Allen; Editing by Inti Landauro)

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