Members of the Muslim community pray in a mosque during the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Komotini, northeast Greece, on December 8, 2017. (AFP / STR)
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with members of Greece's Muslim minority on Friday, ending a landmark visit to Greece that sharply divided opinion in the country and saw tensions in relations resurface.Erdogan attended prayers at the Kirmahalle Cammi mosque in the northeastern town of Komotini, where he was greeted by several thousand supporters chanting his name. Officials in Athens had hoped Erdogan's visit could help ease the strains between Turkey and European countries, but in public statements, Erdogan and Greek officials raised longstanding grievances.Greek opposition parties called the two-day visit a fiasco that had handed Erdogan a platform to attack Greek policy.On Friday, Erdogan walked through Komotini handing out toys to children and greeting supporters.Greece recognizes the roughly 130,000-150,000-strong Muslim community as a religious minority, most of them Turkish-speaking.
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