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Ankara to name US embassy street after Syria operation: mayor

AFP  |  Ankara 

The street in where the is located will be renamed after Turkey's operation against a that has sparked concern in Washington, the of the Turkish capital said today.

The renaming of the street in the centre of as "Avenue" is the latest example of the testy relations between the two NATO allies who have bickered fiercely during the last months over a string of issues, including

"I have signed the proposal necessary to change the name of the street that the is on from Avenue to Olive Branch," said on

He said the proposal will be presented to the municipality assembly on Monday evening for approval. Nevzat Tandogan was a former of the Turkish capital between 1929 and 1946.

"Olive Branch" is the name given to Turkey's operation launched on January 20 against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in its western enclave of Afrin.

Although the is found on Avenue, the mission gives Ataturk Boulevard, named after Turkey's post imperial founder and which part of the building backs onto, as its official address.

Relations are strained between the US and over multiple issues including Washington's arming of the YPG and the failure to extradite the suspects accused of ordering the July 2016 coup bid.

has called on the US repeatedly to stop working with the YPG, which it views as a "terrorist" group. But has expressed concern about operation and urged restraint from

Turkey has in recent months made the renaming of streets into a tool of diplomacy. The latest proposal follows the symbolic riposte to the last month when Ankara renamed the street where is located after an ex-Ottoman of Medina.

The move came shortly after tensions following a retweet by the of a post claiming that Fahreddin Pasha -- of Medina from 1916 to 1919 -- stole from the people of the sacred Islamic pilgrimage city.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 01:00 IST