Erdogan leaves U.S. early after reportedly being denied role at Ali’s funeral

 By Daniel Uria   LOUISVILLE, Ky., Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ended his visit to the United States early after reportedly being refused a role in the funeral of American boxer Muhammad Ali on Friday.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan left the United States on Thursday, cutting his trip to the country short after attending a Muslim prayer service for boxer Muhammed Ali on Thursday. Reports say his early exit was a response to the denial of his requests to place a piece of cloth from the Kobba on Ali’s coffin and have Turkey’s top cleric read from the Koran during the funeral.Pool photo by Ron Sachs/UPI | License Photo

According to RT, Erdogan attended a Muslim prayer service for Ali on Thursday but left the U.S. before the final funeral ceremony in Louisville, KY on Friday.

A CNN Turk report said that Erdogan was not allowed to lay a piece of cloth from the Kobba on Ali’s coffin during the funeral.

Turkish media also reported that Erdogan and Turkey’s top cleric, who was to read from the Koran, were removed from the list of speakers at the multi-faith service.

Erdogan did not release a statement on the matter, but his office denied that his early exit was due to the funeral snub and said he simply “completed his religious service” and decided to return to Turkey.

By Daniel Uria

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