Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke about Greece’s Muslim minority in Thrace during a speech at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
Cavusoglu said that the minority in Thrace ”does not benefit from the rights and liberties that are written in bilateral and multilateral agreements.”
In a speech which clearly depicted Turkey’s intention of playing a crucial, leading role in the international Muslim world, Cavusoglu referred to a series of global and regional issues involving Muslims and Muslim nations.
His remarks involved Palestine, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, and even the Muslim populations which live in Western countries, clearly saying, as he has said in the past, that ”we are still at a beginning stage of a long fight against Islamophobia and the toxic ideologies behind it.”
Regarding Turkish Cypriots, the minister declared that ”they are under inhumane pressure and embargo” from the international community.
The Turkish minister naturally did not mention the reasons behind this worldwide embargo, or Turkey’s illegal actions in Cyprus for the last 45 years.
The Muslim minority of Greece is the only explicitly recognized minority in the entire country. Its members number somewhere between 95,000 and 140,000 people, who for the most part live in Thrace’s Xanthi and Rhodope regional units.