Erdoğan Leaves US Before Muhammad Ali’s Burial


President Erdoğan has returned to Turkey before attending the funeral of Muhammad Ali allegedly for his requests of laying Kaaba cover on his coffin and reading Quran being turned down.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan cut short his trip in the United States where he went to attend Muhammad Ali’s grand funeral and returned to Turkey without attending it.

Two allegations

According to CNNTürk’s report citing Nafiz Albayrak from the Doğan News Agency (DHA), there are two allegations being rumored.

It has been claimed that Erdoğan wanted lay Kaaba cover on the coffin at the funeral but this request was turned down by being said “We will lay it down later”.

Furthermore, Erdoğan’s request to read Quran at the funeral with Mehmet Görmez, the President of Religious Affairs was rejected, and that Erdoğan decided to return to Turkey earlier than planned.