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Turkey renames prominent street in Istanbul after Qatar

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Sariyer area
Sariyer area

One of Istanbul’s main thoroughfares, North West of Istanbul, has been renamed “Qatar street,” the Turkish embassy in Doha has confirmed to Doha News.

The Mayor of Fatih (district) Municipality, Mustafa Demir said that the move demonstrated the “friendship, relationship and brotherhood ties” between the two countries, Turkish media reported this week.

The 3.5km street was formerly called “Istinye Bayiri,” and is situated in the “Sariyer” area on the European side of Istanbul, overlooking the Bosphorus. The area is described by Turkish press as “one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Istanbul.”

Not everyone has welcomed the decision, which came before a weekend visit to Turkey from Qatar’s Emir, at a time when the two countries are growing closer politically.

According to Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper, a member of Istanbul’s municipality described the street as a “legacy” to the Turkish people and called on authorities to rename a newer, different street after Qatar.

This is not the first time Turkey has dubbed a street in an Arab country’s honor. Istanbul is also home to “Baghdad avenue,” located on the Anatolian side of the city.

And there is a street named after the late American President John F. Kennedy that leads to Ataturk airport.

Emir’s visit

During last week’s two-hour meeting, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani discussed the energy sector and economic relations between the two countries, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu News Agency. 

September 2014 visit between the two state leaders.
September 2014 visit between the two state leaders.

The two leaders also discussed the situation in Syria, Iraq and Palestine.

The meeting – which was closed to the press – was held as threats and attacks continue from the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, next door to Turkey.

Ties between Qatar and Turkey, this year’s partner in the Year of Culture program, have grown stronger in the last few years, especially since the beginning of several Arab revolutions in 2011.

The two nations agree politically on several issues, including their support for Hamas in Gaza and rebel groups in Syria against President Bashar Al Assad.

They both were also against the military ousting of former Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi in 2013.

In 2014, Qatar was the first Arab country Erdogan officially visited since the beginning of his term.

Last year, the two countries deepened their economic ties as well.

Turkey’s ambassador to Doha said Qatar would invest $12 billion in Turkey’s Afsin-Elbistan coal-fired power plant project. Shortly before that, Qatar announced that its Coast Guard Service planned to buy 17 patrol boats from Turkish firm Ares Shipyard for QR200 million.

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Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago

If there is no Harrods or Land Cruiser dealer on this street then I don’t want it named after my country.

Simon
Simon
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Nice one!

Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed
Reply to  Simon

The best mall in Istanbul is there ….
İstinye Park with 291 stores, 85,250 m2 of retail area, and four levels of underground parking.

Guest
Guest
6 years ago
Reply to  Simon

The best mall in Istanbul is there ….
Istinye Park

Guest
Guest
6 years ago
Reply to  Simon

The best mall in Istanbul is there ….
Istinye Park

Nuremburg
Nuremburg
6 years ago

Can’t they be more creative with the naming? There is already Qatar Street in Ankara.

Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed
Reply to  Nuremburg

This one is in Istanbul… 🙂

Turkish
Turkish
6 years ago

Turkiye and Qatar always together insaAllah… Never Fitna!!!

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago

Avoid at all cost…the road will be very dangerous from reckless arrogant driving and Landcruisers will be parked across the road blocking traffic honking horns outside McDonalds…

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Deleting for stereotyping.

Joe
Joe
6 years ago

MORE COAL fired plants !!! …it hurts the environment …guess not for the Arab world till it crumbles

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago

What the article did not say is that this decision was taken following a formal request by the Qatari ambassador to the city mayor. The mayor met with his team and voted in favour of the decision. Some disagreed with it and suggested giving a Turkish name to that street and putting Qatar’s name on another street. Finally, it will take few weeks before the change is implemented, due to bureaucracy.

Josh
Josh
6 years ago

Bleh

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