Algeria's Sonatrach agrees to build petrochemical facility in Turkey -Erdogan

Mr Erdogan invited the girl on stage during a televised meeting with his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party on Saturday

Mr Erdogan spotted six-year-old Amine Tiras, who wept and saluted as part of the crowd while he delivered a speech at his ruling party's congress in the city of Kahramanmaras on Saturday, and had her brought on stage. "We have our maroon berets here, but maroon berets never cry".

"She has a Turkish flag in her pocket too", Erdogan then told the audience, embracing the girl.

Russian TV network RT called Erdogan's remarks "a weird act of patriotism". She did, although the attention apparently made her uncomfortable, judging by her sobbing.

The president's comments were immediately condemned on twitter - one person likened them to child abuse while another sad the president was wrong to says "God willing" to the death of a child.

Turkey has been attacking the Kurds in northern Syria for the past several weeks, despite American calls for restraint and complaints that the fighting distracts from the campaign to defeat ISIS.

"If she becomes a martyr, God willing, this flag will be draped on her", he said according to AP. "She is ready for anything".




After beckoning her onstage, he kissed both cheeks of the girl, who wore military fatigues and a maroon beret.

The stronger ties were also felt in air travel, as national flag carrier Turkish Airlines now flies to 52 destinations in 33 African countries.

Erdogan has previously said he wants to raise a "pious generation".

Afrin is the site of Turkey's recent incursion into Syria. The UN later told him that the truce did include the Afrin region.

In a weird act of propaganda, while urging the nation to be ready for mobilization, the Turkish leader invited a small girl in military uniform onstage and assured the sobbing child she would receive state honors if killed.

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