The Turkish Foreign Ministry has asked Greece to investigate the vandalism of two mosques in Komotini following incidents on Friday.
?Turkey requests Greek authorities to clarify as soon as possible the reason for these atrocious events, which occurred in sacred places? for the Muslim minority in Thrace, a statement said on Saturday, according to the Anadolu Agency.
Greek protesters have thrown Molotov cocktails at police units in front of Turkey's consulate in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, before Turkish staff put out the fire.
Protesting the recent detention of 14 anarchists, the group threw around a dozen Molotov cocktails at the police bus and the police booth located in the Hagios Demetrios district late April 17.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Konstantinos Koutras made the following statement in response to journalists' questions on today's Turkish Foreign Ministry announcement no. 121, regarding the fire that broke out early on the morning of Friday, 17 April, in the courtyard of the Mahmud Aga Mosque in Komotini:
Muftis in Thrace, in northern Greece, have condemned the recent killing of 17 people by Islamist militants in Paris. In a statement Friday, the muftis of Komotini, Xanthi and Didimoticho condemned the ?dissemination of fear and blind violence, whatever their origin, and, in particular, when it comes from fanatics who invoke Islam, vulgarly insulting the holy name of God.?
Last year, 850,000 Turkish tourists visited Greece; this number is expected to rise to 1 million by the end of this year.