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Gandalf, R2-D2 and the Hulk join Erdogan-Abbas ceremony

Netizens make fun of palace guards backdrop with movie memes.

Turkey’s president Tayyip Erdoğan welcomed Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at the new presidential palace in Ankara. The handshake at the palace between the two leaders may have been ordinary, but the backdrop was anything but. They shook hands in front of a staircase where 16 historic warriors, with costumes and weapons and all, stood guard, giving Photoshoppers across the net a field day of memefication.