Turkey names new US embassy street 'Malcolm X Avenue'
Officials in Turkey have re-named the street in Ankara where a new US embassy is being built âMalcolm X Avenueâ, after the US civil rights leader.
It is the latest in a series of politically charged street names in the countryâs capital.
Malcolm Xâs legacy has fierce supporters and critics in the US, where his views are often interpreted as radical.
Some critics maintain that the activistâs work, some of which was focused on black nationalism, was anti-US in nature.
âThe street was given the name of US Muslim politician and human rights defender Malcolm X, about whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, âWe will make his name live on in Ankaraâ,â Ankaraâs municipality said in a statement released on Saturday.
Last month Mr Erdogan met Malcolm Xâs daughters during a visit to New York.
It is not the first time Ankaraâs street names have been altered for the sake of political symbolism.
In February the city renamed the street outside the current US embassy âOlive Branchâ, the name of one of Turkeyâs military campaigns in Syria, where it is at odds with Washington over US support for forces led by the Kurdish YPG militia.
Last December the mayor of Ankara ordered the street of the UAE mission to be renamed after the Ottoman former governor of Medina, after a row between the nations about the state of the holy city under Ottoman rule.
Reports of the latest name change were published in Turkish state media and come during a turbulent time in relations between Turkey and th e US.
A major rift between the two nations appeared to have cooled on Friday after Turkey released US pastor Andrew Brunson, who had been detained for two years in the country, after repeated sanctions and complaints from Washington.
Mr Brunson was arrested for alleged links to political groups including a banned movement related to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen.
US president Donald Trump hailed the pastorâs release as a âtremendous stepâ towards improving relations between the two countries.
He also denied any link between the release and the disappearance of US based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Turkish officials believe that Mr Khashoggi was killed by a team of people inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, though Saudi Arabia denies this.
Mr Trump has warned of âsevere consequencesâ for the kingdom if Turkeyâs account is found to be accurate.
Additional reporting by agenciesSource: Google News Turkey | Netizen 24 Turkey