Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears as a guest at Mesut Ozil’s wedding in Istanbul

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a guest at Mesut Ozil's wedding on Friday. mirror
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The Arsenal star and partner Amine Gulse were married in Istanbul at a lavish ceremony surrounded by family and friends.

It was reported last month when Ozil attended a banquet in the city with the president that the couple had invited Erdogan to be a witness at their wedding.

And it appears that he accepted their invitation as he was photographed speaking and signing a document during the ceremony.

Erdogan, joined by his wife Emine, was pictured next to the couple during the ceremony, set to the stunning backdrop of the Bosporus Strait.

Ozil’s relationship with the Turkish president continues to grow, which has been met with resentment in some quarters in the country of his birth, Germany.

Ozil married his fiance Amine Gulse in a lavish ceremony in Istanbul next to the Bosporus

The Turkish president is a highly controversial figure and continues to have poor relations with Germany. Since a failed coup attempt in 2016, Erdogan has increased his presidential powers and clamped down on freedom of expression.

According to Reporters Without Borders, Turkey is now the biggest jailer of journalists in the world.

The 30-year-old, who is a third-generation Turkish-German, joined his partner Gulse to sit down for an Iftar – the break of fasting for an evening meal during Ramadan – alongside the Turkish ruler at the Dolmabahce Palace last month.

The midfielder also caused controversy in May last year when he presented Erdogan with a signed Arsenal shirt at a meeting in London, which led national team manager Oliver Bierhoff to suggest he should have been dropped from the World Cup squad as a result.

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