Erdogan opens ‘Saladin’ airport in Turkey’s restive southeast

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a Koran as he speaks during the opening ceremony for the Selahaddin Eyyubi airport on May 26, 2015, in Hakkari provincePresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday opened a new airport in a restive eastern province dogged by a Kurdish separatist insurgency, naming the facility for a celebrated Muslim medieval leader of Kurdish origin. Erdogan inaugurated the airport in Yuksekova in Hakkari province, close to the border with Iran and Iraq, alongside Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a joint appearance ahead of June 7 elections. Of Kurdish origin, he is known simply as Saladin and in Arabic as Salah ad-Din.


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