Respect the existing museum regime of Hagia Sophia, which is officially recognized by UNESCO, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on the Turkish government………. "We urge the Turkish government to continue maintaining the Hagia Sophia as a museum, as an example of its commitment to respect religious traditions and the different history it has contributed to the Turkish Republic and to ensure that it remains accessible to all. ", The US foreign minister said in a statement posted on the State Department's website..
continuing, Mr.. Pompeo states that The United States will continue to work with the Turkish government on a wide range of issues of mutual interest., including the preservation of religious and cultural monuments.
"The United States believes that a change in the Hagia Sophia regime will undermine the legacy of this remarkable building and its unsurpassed capacity. – so rare in the modern world – to offer humanity a much-needed bridge between different religious traditions and cultures. We seek to continue working with the Turkish government on a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including the preservation of religious and cultural monuments ", is typically emphasized.
The US Secretary of State emphasizes that Hagia Sophia is an example of religious expression and artistic and technical genius, reflected in the rich and complex history 1,500 years. For this reason, notes that "The status of the monument as a museum has allowed people from all over the world to access and reflect on this wonderful achievement.".