Turkey on Thursday said it views new Greek legislation which changes the way Islamic law is implemented among the country's Muslim minority with "concern".

In a statement Turkey's foreign ministry warned Athens against infringing upon the prerogatives of elected Muslim jurists (muftis) in Western Thrace, shortly after the country passed legislation amending the way Islamic law is applied in the region.

Greece's parliament voted overwhelmingly to make the practice of sharia law in family disputes optional for the country's Muslim minority earlier this week.

The legislation will allow Muslim litigants to opt for a Greek civil court to resolve family disputes rather than appealing to locally-elected Islamic jurists.

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