Turkish ties hit rough patch after rough Erdogan visit

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

The Turkish Embassy released a statement claiming the protestors were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president", and thus caused Erdogan's supporters to respond in self-defense.

Cavusoglu said Turkey received USA assurances that arms sent to the YPG would only be used against IS, without explaining how this would be monitored.

Heather Nauert, the U.S. State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement that McGurk "has the full support and backing" of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the White House, and that he had done "tremendous work" so far to coordinate the coalition.

Initial reports described the fight, which left several people visibly bloodied, as a "clash" between supporters of Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Erdogan's security detail, and people protesting Erdogan's meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump earlier in the day. I strongly condemn these actions and have been briefed by Chief Newsham on our response.

The Turkish foreign minister is calling for the removal of the United States envoy, claiming he is sympathetic to Kurdish Syrians as the top congressional Republican demands swift action after the Turkish president's security detail violently broke up a protest in Washington, DC. Casting aside concerns about human rights abuses and the suppression of free speech in Turkey, President Trump lavished praise on this increasingly autocratic leader. The unseemly incident added to U.S.

Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday called on the Trump administration to replace its envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition - the latest sign of Turkish frustration with the US war strategy in Syria and of mounting tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Local police and lawmakers initially speculated that diplomatic immunity prevented the USA from holding the men.

Turkey is ready to retaliate if it faces a threat from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and will not shirk from launching a military campaign if need be, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. Instead, Erdogan's guards were released under a globally recognized custom under which nations don't arrest or detain visiting heads of state and members of their delegations, said the official, who wasn't authorized to comment publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.

The guards' release left the US struggling to point to anything that amounts to accountability.

The U.S. says there's an ongoing investigation that will allow the U.S.

"There must be consequences", Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, said Thursday. Video shows men wearing dark suits and others hitting and kicking protesters.

Eleven people, including a USA officer were hurt in the brawl. "It would be beneficial for this person to change", Cavusoglu said, referring to McGurk, adding that Turkey "would not meddle in the domestic issues of another country".

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