Prime Minister Davutoglu visits relocated Turkish tomb in Syria

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Suleyman Shah tomb on across Syrian border May 10

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu visited on May 10 the relocated Suleyman Shah tomb, a 13th century Turkish commander and grandfather of Ottoman Empire founder Sultan Osman I.

Turkish troops entered northern Syria on Feb. 21 to relocate the historic tomb of Süleyman Shah amid a growing threat to the Turkish exclave along the Euphrates river by ISIS.

Davutoglu crossed the border from the district of Birecik on the Syrian border  and headed to the Suleyman Shah tomb accompanied by high security measures.

Praying in front of the tomb, Davutoglu visited the troops guarding the the tomb and was being informed by officials about the current situation in the area.

A heavily armed convoy of around 600 Turkish soldiers had crossed the border dividing Turkey and Syria in order to evacuate 40 soldiers guarding the tomb and the remains of Suleyman Sah.

Under a 1921 Treaty of Ankara between the Turkish authorities and France, which then controlled French-mandated Syria, the enclave is considered sovereign Turkish territory and carries symbolic importance to Turks as a link to their pre-Ottoman past.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the transfer of the tomb, which was also moved in the 1970s for the construction of a dam on its original site, was fully within international law as it did not violate the 1921 treaty. 

The remains of the tomb were relocated to the Eshme province located 200 meters south of the Turkish border.

TRTWorld and agencies