Erdogan said that the Treaty of Lausanne which set the borders between Greece and Turkey in 1923, was unfair on his country as it gave many Greek populated areas to Greece.
“I said Lausanne and they got annoyed. Why are you annoyed?” he said, adding that “these islands were ours.”
“Whoever signed [for their passing to Greece] bears the responsibility.”
He made no reference to the innumerable amount of Greek churches on Turkish territory, including the infamous Agia Sofia in Istanbul.
Meanwhile, the Shia-led Popular Mobilization Units in Iraq denounced Erdogan's statement on the Greek islands.
Erdogan in recent times has also claimed that's Mosul is Turkish territory.