Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared to spot the 6-year-old girl in the crowd, dressed in a miniature military uniform and standing at attention.
The girl took a deep breath and her bottom lip quivered as Erdogan addressed her during a speech to members of his ruling party.
“Look, look, look who’s over there! Girl, what are you doing here?” the president called out to the girl, who was saluting and appeared to be holding back tears.
“We have our Maroon Berets here,” he said of the Turkish special forces unit.
“But,” he told the child, “Maroon Berets never cry.”
She eventually started to cry and wipe her eyes.
…“She has the Turkish flag in her pocket,” Erdogan said.
Then, he added, “If she becomes a martyr, God willing, they will drape the flag on her. She is ready for everything.”