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Ankara changes embassy street name after UAE spat

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today renamed the street in the Turkish capital where the is located after an Ottoman governor, in a symbolic riposte to following weeks of tensions.

Foreign Sheikh retweeted a post on last month which accused Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "ancestors of kidnapping people of Medina in the early 20th century."

The post by a user called "Ali al-Iraqi" also claimed that Fahreddin Pasha -- the of Medina from 1916 to 1919 -- stole from the people of the sacred Islamic pilgrimage city.

Medina, home to the which as the burial place of the prophet Mohammed is the second in Islam, was then part of the Ottoman Empire and now a major city in modern

Erdogan hit back at the Emirati minister, telling him to "know your place" and that the claims were "slanderous" to the memory of Turkey's Ottoman predecessors.

He later said the was "ill-bred" and "too spoilt by and money", in a reference to the UAE's rapid growth in recent decades.

said late Monday that 613 Street would be renamed "Fahreddin Pasha" while the nearby avenue would be renamed "Medina Defender" instead of 609 Avenue.

The decision, mooted last month, was approved by the municipality assembly on Monday.

"Henceforth, the mailing address of the embassy will be Medina Defender Avenue, Fahreddin Pasha Street. Good luck with it," Tuna said in a tweet.

Turkish television early Tuesday showed city workers switching the signs.

Relations between the and have been marked by distrust in recent months.

supports in the seven-month standoff with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and which cut all ties with the Gulf emirate on June 5.

Those Gulf states claim that supports Islamist extremists and is too close to Shiite Iran, Riyadh's arch- rival. rejects the charges.

summoned the Emirati charge d'affaires in last month -- as the was temporarily absent -- to complain about the

The Turkish leadership has been wary of criticising Saudi Arabia and its powerful Mohammed bin Salman, a close ally of the UAE, in the standoff.

But have been bitterly critical of Riyadh's policies, claiming they are part of a US-backed move to reshape the

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 20:40 IST