Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, July 28, 2018.
Davutuzoglu is seen in this undated handout photo.
Erdogan’s government has been trying to rewrite Turkey’s history in an effort to win sympathy from Turks who feel the country has been left behind by its former Ottoman ruler, the founder of modern Turkey.
The move comes as Ankara seeks to rebuild its image as a liberal democracy and has been under fire for human rights abuses.
The country’s leaders have been accused of orchestrating a failed coup attempt last year and the attempted murder of the president, who is seeking a fourth term.
“We want to make sure that we will be able to show the Turkish people the real Turkey,” Erdogan said in the speech.
“There are other countries that have a lot of history, but our country has more than one history, the history of the Ottoman Empire.”
The country is the birthplace of the Turkish nation and is known for its religious diversity.
It is also home to several ethnic groups including Kurds, Turkmens, Armenians and others.
Turkey has been plagued by political turmoil for years, but Erdogan has sought to paint himself as a champion of the countrys secular values.
Turkey’s parliament has been holding two separate sessions to rewrite the country’s history, including the creation of a new state, an amendment to its constitution, and an apology for the 1915 genocide of Ottoman Armenians.
The government has blamed the failed coup on a group of “foreign agents,” or FETÖ, who are believed to have been behind the plot.
The U.S. and other European countries have expressed concern about the move and have expressed skepticism that Turkey will be ready to honor the victims’ families.
The Foreign Ministry said it would consider the request.
Erdogan is seeking to rewrite history to create an image of a “free and democratic Turkey” and to “mobilize the country against terrorism,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
It added that “all our efforts will be aimed at creating the best possible image for the Turkish public.”