According to the ANA-MPA, the ranking member of the Democratic Party minority in the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Robert Menendez, denounced President Erdogan’s decision to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
“I strongly denounce Turkey’s decision to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque. I urge Erdogan to reverse course and restore Hagia Sophia’s remarkable legacy as a museum for people of all faiths and cultures to visit,” he said.
At the same time, Democratic MP and member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs David Cicelini said that Turkey should face consequences for their decision.
“The world should be outraged by Erdogan’s decision to take Hagia Sophia – part of our common world heritage – and use it as a political tool that divides. There should be consequences for this violation of Hagia Sophia’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status,” David Cicelini tweeted.