Inside the Middle East
April 8, 2009
Posted: 724 GMT

US President Obama visited Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country, on the last announced stop of his first international trip as US President. CNN's Ivan Watson looks at the ancient city of Istanbul and its people as they welcome the American President."

Ivan Watson report. Click here to watch.
Ivan Watson report. Click here to watch.

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Rosie Deus-von Homeyer   December 12th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Of course Turkey's officials LOVE Obama,because the USA

Government INSISTS,that

Turkey joins the EU.

The problenm is MAINLY geographical,Ivan,because as you know,the mainland of Turkey is in Asia.

The other concerns of most Europeans are,that the Muslim population

will increase here so dramatically,that WE,Christians will be dominated by other religion.

You showed Agya SOFIA,a Greek-Orthodox church ,which was turned into a mosque,when the Otomans occupied Greece and Bulgaria.

You as an American are probably indiferent to this fact but I as a Greek-Orthodox am very saddened ,when I see this beautiful church now in a Moslem country.

Anyway...your reportage was almost excellent, tought the Americans a little bit history.

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