Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Friday the issue of whether the Muslim minority in northern Greece accepts muftis recognized by the state is not part of Greek-Turkish relations.

The issue concerns the Greek state and Thrace's Muslim community and must be discussed by the two sides "so it can be solved as soon as possible and permanent legal arrangements can be made", he said.

Tsipras made the statements during a press conference following the EU Leaders' Summit in Brussels.

He noted that this is not an issue that can be resolved in a few days.

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