FM: US understands Turkey's position against Syrian Kurds

19 May, 2017, 14:15 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov center Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides left and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland talk together prior to a session of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers at the Filoxeni

Eleven people were injured outside the Turkish ambassador's residence amid President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit. "This kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically", the senator said in an interview with MSNBC.

The video also suggests that Erdogan gave the orders for the assault to a bodyguard standing outside his Mercedes Benz moments before the beat-down began. After the violence, Arizona Sen.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said he wants "people prosecuted". Last year, Turkish security officials manhandled several journalists at a Washington think tank where Erdogan was set to speak.

Turkish ambassador to the US Serdar Kılıç was summoned to the State Department after the brawl.

Erdogan's speech on Thursday was his first public speech since returning from a trip to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington. The U.S. says there's an ongoing investigation that will allow the U.S.

The remarks from Graham and McCain come afterRep.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce also sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging them to take action over the clashes. None have been arrested, per a U.S. official who told the Associated Press that Erdogan's guards were allowed to leave the USA under globally recognized customs that protect heads of state and their staff from arrest.

Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk. A guard grabs another woman's neck and throws her to the ground.

Two men were arrested at the scene, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press, and police hope to pursue charges against the other assailants. They have raised concerns with the Turkish government "at the highest levels".

Turkey's embassy blamed the violence on demonstrators, saying they aggressively provoked Turkish-American citizens gathered to see Erdogan.

The PKK is considered a terror group by the US and Turkey's Western allies.

Turkey has been fighting the Kurdistan Workers' Party for three decades, as the group is seeking an autonomous region in the country's southeast, as well as the Islamic State emerging in neighboring Syria and Iraq.

"We told them. we do not regard your cooperation with a terrorist group in Raqqa as healthy", Erdogan was cited as saying, but he said he expected a role for Turkey in Syria.

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