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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently turned the Hagia Sophia Museum, originally a Christian cathedral, into an Islamic mosque. According to Al-Monitor, both Egypt and Syria have responded to that action by announcing initiatives designed to please Christians in their respective nations.
On Aug. 5, Al-Monitor reported that Syria, with Russian assistance, plans to build “a scaled-down version” of the Hagia Sophia cathedral.
And on Aug. 7, Al-Monitor reported that “Egypt announced ambitious restoration plans for South Sinai’s Saint Catherine area.”
All three nations have majority Islamic populations. Turkey is a NATO ally. Egypt and Syria are not. (RELATED: As America Denounces Its Own History, Turks Proud of Conquest of Constantinople)