June 12, 2018 / 9:07 AM / 10 months ago

Austria closing mosques is threat to interreligious dialogue: Turkish PM

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

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - 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.

Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun and Francois Murphy in Vienna; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by David Dolan

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