Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has cut short a visit to the United States and will not take part in a second day of ceremonies to commemorate the death of boxer Muhammad Ali, his office said on Friday.

Erdogan, who attended a Muslim funeral for Ali on Thursday, had been expected to be among world leaders and fans gathering in Ali’s Kentucky hometown on Friday to bid a final farewell to the boxing great, who died a week ago.

Erdogan’s office said in a statement that he had left the United States after a dinner to break the day’s Ramadan fast late on Thursday, without giving any explanation. Broadcaster CNN Turk said that Erdogan had wanted to lay a piece of cloth on Ali’s coffin, and had wanted the head of Turkey’s religious affairs directorate to recite from the Koran, but that his wishes had been refused.

An official in Erdogan’s office denied this, saying that after attending Thursday’s funeral and visiting the Muhammad Ali Center, he decided not to stay longer because he had “completed his religious service”.

Erdogan praised Ali as a “voice of the oppressed” at the dinner hosted by Turks and other Muslims living in the United States late on Thursday, his office said.

“The fact that he converted to Islam at the age of 22 in a country such as the United States and maintained his stance without diverting from the path he knew as right … attracted our admiration,” Erdogan said, according to the statement.

 

Reuters

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Marija Lozina
Marija Lozina
2016-06-11 09:56

Ovaj Turski mamlaz će se nakraju posvadjati sam sa sobom i napraviti najbolju stvar u svom životu … suicid !!!!!!!

Ni-cod Jw
Ni-cod Jw
2016-06-11 09:41

Kebab b*****d a*****e

Anwar Lakhani
Anwar Lakhani
2016-06-11 10:14

So after death also he can PUNCH and kick out

Seyyed Feysal
Seyyed Feysal
2016-06-11 12:52
Georges Ben
Georges Ben
2016-06-11 13:38

Why going in the first place if cutting back before end ?
Lunatic

Andrew Sivaram
Andrew Sivaram
2016-06-11 16:59

I hope Ali gets up and punches Erdogan on his kisser…

Simon Greate
Simon Greate
2016-06-11 17:30

HE THAUGHT AMERICANS WOULD CONSIDER HIM LIKE A HERO BUT HE WAS EGNORED OTTOMAN BROTHER HOOD LEADER HE HE HE HE

Vicki L. Kammerer
Vicki L. Kammerer
2016-06-11 18:25

Sore loser. No, just a loser!

TC Jin Ds
TC Jin Ds
2016-06-11 19:18

he said “next time i dont go to his funeral” :)))))))

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-06-11 21:07

“Erdogan praised Ali as a “voice of the oppressed”” => So ‘Cassius Clay’ wasn’t like ErdoGollum… Ask the armenians, kurds and assyrians about it…
BTW, I bet that if Muhammad Ali had red what Q’ran and Haddiths say about black people, he’d never converted : it’s pretty racist against blacks… 😉

Syed Kazmi
Syed Kazmi
2016-06-12 04:00

Es ki yahi ouqat hai

A FUCK*N SYRIAN
A FUCK*N SYRIAN
2016-06-12 04:48

ahahah it continues to use religion for his zionnist politic

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-06-12 05:17

Religion should stay in the spiritual and personnal sphere, it should be totally banned to interfere in politics by any means.

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-06-12 07:57

Erdogan Simulator 2016. (Game)
Be in the place of ErdoGollum!
https://dawaschaber.itch.io/erdogan-simulator-2016

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-06-12 21:57

After Erdowie/Erdowo/Erdowan, after Erdogan-Simulator-2016, after Erdo-oil, now, there are… ERDO-LEAKS!
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/turkey-youtube-ban-full-transcript-leaked-syria-war-conversation-between-erdogan-officials-1442161
Syrian reaction at UN :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfvNv8f6bkU
Gollum should spouse Victoria Nuland!!! It’s as good as her “f**k E.U.”
But, from where those leaks come from?
I know there is a “French-Echelon”… Maybe is there some “Russian-Echelon”…
Syria is -what a surprise- complaiing at the UN Securty Council…
Some are gonna feel very sorry of their plots and schemes…
Goebbels was double right by saying that more the lies are big, the more they’ll be believed BUT as long you can shield the truth…