Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Erdogan says Turkey will act if Syrian Kurdish militia attacks

Erdogan says Turkey will act if Syrian Kurdish militia attacks

Cavusoglu said Trump had understood Turkey's position, and did not challenge Erdogan when the Turkish president set out his possible response to the YPG.

The Turkish government has called for the removal of the us presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the so-called Islamic State due to his "support" of Kurdish militants, Reuters reported. "It would be useful if this person was replaced", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV television.

While President Donald Trump's invitation to Erdogan - and his lavish praise for Turkey during the visit - were widely seen as having enhanced Erdogan's stature at home, the US administration did not appear to budge on any of Erdogan's most pressing requests, including the demand not to arm the YPG.

The Turkish ambassador should be thrown "the hell out of the United States of America" after bodyguards for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan beat and kicked protesters gathered outside the ambassador's Washington D.C. home, Sen. Footage of the assault showing protesters being kicked, choked and stomped drew widespread outrage as it was circulated on social media.

On Thursday, Voice of America's Turkish Service released video showing Erdogan observing from the back seat of a vehicle while his security team pursued and attacked the protesters.

The fight ultimately left 12 people injured and led to two arrests. So, you can not have that happen in the United States of America.

Turkish Ambassador to the US Serdar Kılıç was summoned to the State Department on Wednesday following the violent beating of protesters that took place outside of the Turkish embassy in Washington earlier this week, a senior State Department official told CNN.

In a statement, the Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on the demonstrators, saying they were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President".

McCain says, "We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America". "This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically, and maybe in other ways".

Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and John McCain, R-Arizona, sent a sharply worded letter to Erdogan on Thursday that demanded he punish his bodyguards and noted that it reflected his government's oppressive tactics.

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.

"Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement, according to the AP.

Tensions between Washington and Istanbul are running high after the Trump administration announced plans to arm Kurdish Syrian militants fighting the Islamic State group despite intense opposition from Turkey, which considers the Kurds as terrorists.

Erdogan said that the United States had made its decision on the subject of the Raqqa operation and that Turkey could not participate, given the YPG involvement. ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State. US officials said this month that the White House had approved supplying arms to the YPG, a decision that caused alarm in Ankara. The White House defended Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate", as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm worldwide allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president. While handcuffing the Turkish personnel, a couple of U.S. Secret Service agents suffered superficial wounds. "We. won't consult anybody on this".

The Trump administration rushed to McGurk's defense.

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