Mauritania rejoices opening of Hagia Sophia as mosque
Mauritanian people on Saturday rejoiced at the news that historic Hagia Sophia will open as a mosque, APA reports citing Anadolu.
In the capital Nouakchott, prayers were offered as the news came that Hagia Sophia will be open for prayers.
A group in Nouakchott said they sacrificed a camel to celebrate the Turkish court verdict.
They said that Hagia Sophia is of great significance to the entire Muslim world.
Mauritanians said the decision will open a new page in the Islamic history, leading to the unity of the Muslims.
They thanked the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Earlier on Friday, a Turkish court annulled a 1934 cabinet decree, which had turned Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a museum.
This verdict by the court paved the way for its use again as a mosque after 85 years.
The court ruled that the architectural gem was owned by a foundation established by Sultan Mehmet II, the conqueror of Istanbul, and presented to the community as a mosque -- a status that cannot be legally changed.
Hagia Sophia was used as a church for centuries under the rule of the Byzantine Empire. It was turned into a mosque following the conquest of Istanbul in 1453. In 1935, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum.
Trump imposes U.S. ban on WeChat, TikTok in 45 days
Global coronavirus cases top 19 million
Lebanon detains 16 port employees over blast
Fifth hostage freed in France police operation
Iranians, Russians receive text messages seeking U.S. election hacking info
Turkey: Maritime deal by Greece, Egypt in Eastern Mediterranean violates continental shelves of both countries,
Turkey reports 1,153 new cases of virus over past 24 hours, bringing tally to more than 237,200
Trump attacks China over virus as U.S. health secretary heads to Taiwan
Armed man seizes hostages in French bank: police
U.S. Senate votes to ban TikTok app on government devices
U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook stepping down as key U.N. arms embargo vote looms
Another tactical UAV of Armenia was destroyed
Global recovery could be faster if COVID vaccine made available to all: WHO chief
Norway must slow down rises in virus cases now, says PM
Lebanon has no financial means to cope with explosion aftermath, economy minister says
New composition of Azerbaijani delegation to BSECO PA approved
German embassy employee among dead in Beirut explosion
European Union to send 33 million euros of emergency aid
Slovakia daily coronavirus case hits highest since April
US imposes Libya sanctions on 3 individuals, entity in Malta, Treasury says
German Health Minister: "Lockdowns are possible if cases rise"
Brussels to require face masks if virus uptick continues
Trump claims a COVID-19 vaccine could be ready before election
Azerbaijani Minister: “We can restore any economic activity by following the sanitary-epidemiological requirements strictly”
Champions League being resumed
Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan: “Exchange rate is completely stable, foreign and domestic public debt have not increased"
215 foreign medics work with Azerbaijani doctors to fight coronavirus
Azerbaijan's PM: "Task Force preparing for a number of mitigation processes in the near future"
UK to add Belgium to quarantine list as cases surge
U.S. embassy to Azerbaijan begins phased resumption of routine visa services
Why Azerbaijan provided financial aid to Lebanon? - COMMENTARY
766 179 coronavirus tests conducted in Azerbaijan
Number of confirmed coronavirus cases reaches 33 247 in Azerbaijan, 479 deaths
Azerbaijan documents 435 recoveries, 144 fresh coronavirus cases, 3 deaths in the last 24 hours
Health minister: Poland faces rising trend of COVID-19 cases
President Ilham Aliyev: We are very pleased with the positive dynamics in the fight against coronavirus
Job cuts announced by U.S. companies jump 54% in July
Tanker with crew members from Azerbaijan and Russia stranded in Suez port for 16 months
Global coronavirus cases reaches 19 million
AZN 1 mln. allocated for eliminating damage caused by Armenia’s shelling of Tovuz
AZN 3 mln. allocated to AzerGold CJSC company
Movement of Baku-Khyrdalan-Sumgait trains being suspended for period of 3 months from August 10
Sale of tickets for Baku-Nakhchivan flights to be carried out in the new fashion
Number of Armenians died in Beirut explosion reaches 11, 250 injured
Yerevan's ex-mayor detained
French President Macron lands in Beirut on official visit
Azerbaijani and Turkish chess players to face off at friendly encounter
Human trials of coronavirus vaccine set to begin in Indonesia
Participation of parents in the Military Oath taking ceremony in the Azerbaijan Army prohibited
Azerbaijani Parliament adopts amendments to the 2020 state budget and five other draft laws in the second reading
Azerbaijani MP suggests to establish shelters for beggars
Azerbaijan commemorates Khojaly genocide - PHOTOSESSION
14 years pass since establishment of the Ministry of Emergency Situations: They always come to your aid in any difficult moments - PHOTOSESSION - VIDEO
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva attended opening ceremony of rebuilt Azerbaijan pavilion at Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy in Moscow - UPDATED
Open Doors Day and the military oath-taking ceremony were held on the occasion of the State Flag Day
Azerbaijan provides USD 1 mln financial assistance to Lebanon
Powerful explosion occurs near Beirut's port - VIDEO
Embassy of Azerbaijan in Canada: The location of Armenians who committed provocation determined