Ankara: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu crossed briefly into Syria today to visit the tomb of a revered Turkish figure situated a few hundred metres from the Turkish border, in a move likely to anger the authorities in Damascus.

The tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, had originally been sited further inside Syria but was relocated closer to the border in February in a Turkish military operation declared by the Syrian government as an act of "flagrant aggression".

Davutoglu's office said in a statement that he had visited the tomb but gave no further details.