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Erdogan's warriors during Abbas' visit were suggested by military

The Turkish presented descended a stairwell lined by "warriors" to greet Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas

Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Jan 2015
Erdogan receives Abbas with chainmail warriors
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan walks between the honor guards wearing historic Turkish warriors costumes before a ceremony for his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas at his new presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (Photo:AP)
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During Mahmoud Abbas' visit to Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greeted the Palestinian president by descending his palace’s stairwell with eight “warriors” on either side of him.

Turkish newspaper, Hürriyet Daily News later explained on Tuesday that the 16 warriors were meant to represent each of the 16 states established by the Turkic people.

Pictures of the visit went viral through various media outlets and among social media users

According to Hürriyet the military suggested the idea, which was welcomed by the presidential office.

In Erdogan's speech after welcoming the Palestinian leader, Erdogan accused Western states of hypocrisy over the Charlie Hebdo attack that took place last week, saying that they should have done more to protect mosques from attacks.

According to Palestinian news agency, Safa, Erdogan and his Palestinian counterpart were to discuss the latest developments in the Palestinian cause, with a focus on the failed attempts to reach a settlement with Israel. Erdogan and Abbas were also set to discuss bilateral relations between the countries.  

On Twitter, many activists shared the photo of Erdogan’s stairwell, sarcastically referring to it as a promo for a new Ottoman television drama. Some even photo-shopped the picture, making the soldiers look like characters from the famous television show “Game of Thrones.”

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Allen
13-01-2015 08:44pm
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Erdogan
No limit to his profound stupidity or his inflated ego.
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expat
13-01-2015 08:02pm
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alwys good,if the ego of a person shows of his true nature...
this guy is a descendent of a local branch of the MB in Turkey. He is the predecessor of erbakhan,who went rightfully to jail for trying to demolish Attatürks Turkey...now this clown is fulfilling Erbakhans dreams this guy is real dangerous,more dangerous for the region than IS could ever be
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Hugh Ekeberg
13-01-2015 08:01pm
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That it is Turkic is unfortunate.
"Hürriyet Daily News later explained on Tuesday that the 16 warriors were meant to represent each of the 16 states established by the Turkic people." This reminds me of the great debate the people of Asia Minor had after the overthrow of the Sultan and the establishment of the Republic. The region is home to so many people who are non Turkic and who fought for and supported the republic. They argued that calling the state Turkey would not be helpful but divisive and problematic. History has shown this to be true. Turkish attitudes have alienated the Kurds and many other ethnics groups.
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