Registration was successful!
Please follow the link from the email sent to

Not the Greatest: Erdogan Snubbed Ahead of Muhammad Ali Funeral, Departs US

© REUTERS / Lucas JacksonTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) departs after the jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, for the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky, the US, June 9, 2016
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) departs after the jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, for the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky, the US, June 9, 2016 - Sputnik International
Subscribe
A series of incidents finally forced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to interrupt his visit to the United States, where he planned to attend the funeral ceremony for boxing icon Muhammad Ali.

U.S. boxing great Muhammad Ali - Sputnik International
Farewell, Champ: 'Greatest' Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Dies at 74
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan quickly interrupted his visit to the United States after an array of incidents ahead of the funeral service of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in his native city of Louisville, Kentucky, which Erdogan planned to attend, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.

The newspaper quoted presidential sources in Ankara as saying that Erdogan moved to depart for Turkey without taking part in the full funeral ceremony for the late boxer, which was attended by former US President Bill Clinton, Jordan's King Abdullah and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

When participating in funeral prayers for Ali on June 9, Erdogan reportedly tried to a put a piece of cloth from the Kaaba on the boxer's coffin but was refused the opportunity to do so.

Eyewitnesses said that the organizers allegedly offered to put the piece of cloth on the casket themselves later on.

© REUTERS / Lucas JacksonTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan (C) arrives to take part in the jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, for the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. June 9, 2016
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (C) arrives to take part in the jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, for the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. June 9, 2016 - Sputnik International
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (C) arrives to take part in the jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, for the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. June 9, 2016

However, another report claimed that Erdogan and Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate, were also forbidden to read a piece from the Quran near the boxer's coffin.

Apparently, this proved to be the last straw, and compelled Erdogan to cut his trip short and return home.

Meanwhile, the Voice of America's Turkish edition reported that a short quarrel also erupted between US secret service officials and Turkish presidential body guards during Erdogan's visit to the Muhammad Ali Center in Kentucky. 

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a ceremony of Turkey's main private sector organisation, the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), in Ankara, on May 10, 2016 - Sputnik International
Erdogan's New Law: 'The Day Democracy Truly Died in Turkey'
The incident reportedly occurred after a secret service official attempted to stand in the same place as presidential bodyguards while Erdogan was getting into his car. A fracas was prevented thanks to efforts of security agents standing nearby.

Muhammad Ali died last week at the age of 74 after a protracted fight with Parkinson's disease. He died at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had been treated for respiratory complications related to his illness for the preceding few days.

The embattled Turkish President has, for his part, recently faced international condemnation for his repeated crackdowns on political opponents and journalists, along with his administration's continued practice of buying oil from and funneling armaments to Daesh terrorists.

Newsfeed
0
To participate in the discussion
log in or register
loader
Chats
Заголовок открываемого материала