‘‘Eid more joyous with Hagia Sophia Mosque’’

‘‘Eid more joyous with Hagia Sophia Mosque’’

President Erdoğan said the reopening of the Hagia Sophia as a mosque made the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha even more joyous.

"The reopening of the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque -- an 86-year wound in the heart of our nation -- has added to the joy of our Eid," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, greeting local officials of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party for the holiday via video-link.

Erdoğan said he sought to hold an upcoming party congress as a "new resurrection, a new rising milestone."

The next AK Party congress is expected to be held towards the end of 2020 while observing health and safety measures against the coronavirus.

Erdoğan said those who "see themselves above the nation" could not be a member of the AK Party.

"We'll increase our friends, we'll reduce our enemies," he said. "The reason for the existence of the AK Party, the reason why we take on these duties and the reason for people's hope in us are the same."