Istanbul, June 2 () - Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan has asked for soil to be taken from the grave of an Ottoman soldier in Myanmar's Arakan and placed on his eventual grave in a revision of his will, daily Yeni Şafak reported.
In a conference which brought former “Milli Görüş” (National View) figures and friends of Erdoğan together in Istanbul, journalist Sibel Erarslan began her words with the soil she took from the Ottoman Cemetery in Arakan in Myanmar.
Upon Erarslan’s gesture, Erdoğan said he wanted the soil to be put to his grave.
“It is my will to my wife and children. When I die, they should put the soil taken from the grave of Osmanoğlu Muhammed from Manisa who died a martyr in Arakan on my [grave]” said Erdoğan, abruptly leading the audience to burst into tears.