Erdogan offers mosque in Athens in exchange for Istanbul convent
Turkish PM offers funds for Islamic holy site in Greek capital
Ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I has been trying to get it reopened for many years. The second - to which Erdogan has given special attention since becoming premier - concerns the conditions of the Turkish minority living in Western Thrace. Numbering about 120,000, they speak Turkish but are considered by Greek authorities to be ''Greek citizens of the Islamic religion''. Connected is also the dispute over muftis (Muslim judicial authorities) and imams (religious leaders) between the Greek government and its Turkish counterpart - both of whom claim the right to appoint the religious leaders of the minorities living in the other's country.