In Berlin regret the decision to withdraw the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, said at a briefing the official representative of the government of Germany Steffen Seibert.
"The Federal government, as it is said in the weekend and in the German foreign office, I regret to have taken note of Turkey's decision, taken on Friday. The Hagia Sophia is of great cultural and historical significance, and it has a great religious significance for Christianity and for Islam," said Seibert.
Turkey will continue to preserve Hagia Sophia in Istanbul as a world heritage site by UNESCO after its conversion into a mosque, said on Monday Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
The state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court on Friday annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there.
UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azul deeply regrets Turkey's decision to change the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, which was accepted "without dialogue."
"UNESCO Director-General deeply regrets the decision of the Turkish authorities adopted without prior dialogue to change the status of Hagia Sophia", - said in a communique of the organization.