Turkey’s ambassador to Uganda had probably nothing suspicious or malicious in mind when she appeared at a ceremony in Ancient Greek attire. She was dressed as Helen of Troy. Her assistant wore something that looked Ancient Greek or Roman. They both wore this outfit during the reception of Turkey’s national holiday, the Republic Day, the day the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed on 29 October 1923.
Turkish Ambassador to Uganda Sedef Yavuzalp was summoned to Ankara after footage of Republic Day reception on Oct. 29 drew a public criticism over her unusual choice of attire, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Nov. 3.
“An investigation has been launched immediately after we detected the photos and the ambassador was recalled,” Çavuşoğlu said in a tweet.
The “historical” outfit of Yavuzalp and her aide during the reception had stirred controversy on social media.
Some users initially claimed that the outfits were homage to the Roman Empire, while others said it was from Greek mythology.
Yavuzalp’s dress was actually a reference to Helen of Troy, it was later confirmed.
The ambassador defended herself by suggesting that it was the Year of Troy in Uganda. (via hurriyetdailynews)
PS Foreign Minister Cavusoglu was right. When Troy was besieged and defeated and the most beautiful of all women of the Antiquity lived, the Turkish people were still in the deepest steppes of Central Asia and came in the area some 15-20 centuries later. Not to mention that Trojans and Helen were Hittites and Greeks… Turks love to present every ancient stone whether Hittite, Greek, Roman or you name it on their soil as “part of their history” and basta!