Dec 23 2017

Ankara street to be renamed as result of international row

Following an international spat over the legacy of an Ottoman pasha, the mayor of Ankara is preparing to rename the street on which the United Arab Emirates embassy is located after him, state news agency Anadolu said.

Mayor Mustafa Tuna is to bring up the issue at the next city council meeting, it added.

UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed had tweeted that Fahreddin Pasha had plundered Medina when it was under Ottoman control, stealing hand-written works.

“This was the relationship between (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdoğan’s grandfathers and the Muslim Arabs,” he said.

Erdoğan responded by saying the Ottomans were defending the holy sites of Islam from foreign occupation.

“And where were your ancestors?” he asked.

Ankara’s previous mayor, Melih Gökçek, had promised in 2012 to rename Paris Avenue – on which the French embassy is located – after Algeria and to set up a monument there to “the Algerian genocide” following a French law outlawing Armenian genocide denial.

As of yet, no progress has been made on either initiative.

 

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