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Turkey changes US embassy street name to Malcolm X

AFP  |  Ankara 

on Thursday changed the name of the street on which the new will be located after the American black Muslim civil rights Malcolm X, an said.

The new is still being built in district in on what was formerly called 1478 street. Construction contractors have said the new complex is expected to be finished by 2020.

The renaming comes after the city council decision last month to change the name to Street.

Turkish promised the late campaigner's daughters that the name of would "live on" in the Turkish capital.

Municipality workers changed the signs of the street on Thursday morning, the said, as frenetic activity continued on the site.

Malcolm X, one of the most influential African Americans in history, was an outspoken Muslim advocate of the rights of blacks and remains a hero today to many blacks and followers of Islam.

has made similar changes to streets on which embassies are located in a bid to make a political point against a country.

When expressed concern over Turkey's offensive in against a US-backed Kurdish militia, in February renamed the road (Zeytin Dali in Turkish) on which the current is located after the name of the offensive.

In January, following a spat with the over the Ottoman Empire's actions in Medina, Ankara renamed the street where the is after the of the time.

Tempers flared after UAE Sheikh retweeted a post on critical of the former Ottoman rulers of the region.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 16:40 IST