UAE embassy street in Turkish capital to be named after Ottoman pasha amid row
The name of the street where the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Ankara is located will be changed to Fahreddin Pasha, amid a row that came after the country’s foreign minister accused the Ottoman governor and commander of “ransacking” Medina in 1916 during the First World War.
According to the Dec. 23 report by state-run Anadolu Agency, Ankara Mayor Mustafa Tuna gave instructions to officials at the related municipality department to begin preparations to change the name of the 613th Street, where the embassy is located in the Çankaya district, to Fahreddin Pasha.
The name of the street will accordingly be changed as per the decisions that will be taken in the first coming municipal council meeting.
Turkish officials have been on the offensive since Dec. 16, when UAE foreign minister al-Zayed retweeted a Twitter post accusing Fahreddin Pasha of “stealing the goods of the people of Medina,” and “embezzling handwritten manuscript artefacts by allowing their removal to Istanbul via Damascus” during the Siege of Medina in 1916.