Monday, May 22, 2017

Turkey summons US envoy over Washington street brawl

Turkey summoned the U.S ambassador to Ankara on Monday to protest the treatment of Turkish security officials in the United States during a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan last week, the foreign ministry said.

During Erdogan's visit to Washington to meet U.S. President Donald Trump, a brawl erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel outside the Turkish ambassador's residence.

Turkey blamed the violence on demonstrators linked to the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), while Washington's police chief described the incident as a "brutal attack" on peaceful protesters.

The Turkish foreign ministry said it summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest "aggressive and unprofessional actions" by U.S. security personnel to the security team of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

"It has been formally requested that the U.S. authorities conduct a full investigation of this diplomatic incident and provide the necessary explanation," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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