Two Ankara roads renamed as result of UAE spat

An international spat over the legacy of an Ottoman pasha has provoked the Ankara city council to rename both the street on which the United Arab Emirates embassy is located and the adjacent avenue in Ankara, pro-government TV channel Habertürk reported.

The street was renamed Fahreddin Pasha Street after the slighted general, who led attempts to defend Medina against British invasion during the World War One, and the avenue was renamed Defence of Medina Avenue.

UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan last month tweeted that Fahreddin Pasha had plundered Medina when it was under Ottoman control, stealing artefacts and sending them back to the imperial capital, Istanbul.

“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.