State Dept. summons Turkish ambassador over DC brawl

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 20, 2017

"This McGurk is definitely supporting the PKK and YPG. It would be beneficial if this person is changed", Cavusoglu said.

The diplomatic incident has sparked outrage in Washington and even prompted the State Department to summon the Turkish ambassador. This isn't Turkey. This isn't a Third World country.

On May 17, the United States voiced its "strongest possible" concern to Turkey over the street brawl that left at least 11 people injured and appeared to include members of Erdoğan's security detail kicking people who were on the ground. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", he tweeted.

Shortly after his meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's convoy drove across town to their country's embassy on Massachusetts Avenue.

Erdogan then gets out of the auto, and starts to watch how his security detail beats the protesters, while the first bodyguard returns to him, as if briefing on the happening.

A separate video shows Erdogan arriving and sitting in his auto as the fight breaks out, before then emerging and watching. Ayten Necmi, 49, of Woodside, New York, was charged with aggravated assault, and Jalal Kheirabaoi, 42, of Fairfax, Virginia, was charged with assault on a police officer.

The Metropolitan Police Department issued a statement following the incident.

Several other Senate Republicans, including Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, called on the Turkish government to immediately apologize for the violence.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks to the media during a press conference in Ankara on July 29, 2016.

The declining to say whether the security agents were granted diplomatic immunity or under what conditions they were released.

The Turkish embassy claimed the president's bodyguards were acting in "self-defense".

Nine people were hurt.

Seconds later, other members of the presidential security detail run towards the protesters to confront them.

But he's not allowed to crack heads in the United States.

Those statements are a sign of Turkey's discontent due to the lack of results of the meeting between Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his USA peer, Donald Trump.

The YPG is the Syrian branch of the Turkish Kurdish Workers Party, the PKK, a Marxist group that has been trying since 1984 to carve out a separatist state from Turkey.

"We have long supported Turkey as a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and a key U.S. ally in the region, and we expect conduct more appropriate to our decades-long partnership".

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