Turkey demands U.S. replace envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

Vincent Carr
May 20, 2017

On Tuesday, a group of about two dozen protesters gathered outside the Turkish embassy to protest the Erdoğan regime, specifically his treatment of Turkey's Kurdish minority.

Authorities in Washington, D.C. are investigating what they called "a brutal attack on peaceful protesters" outside the home of Turkey ambassador Serdar Kilic's home on 16 May 2017. This kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the agency is "concerned by the violent incidents" and "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech". "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".

The United States said it voiced its "strongest possible" concern to Turkey over a street brawl that erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington.

In a statement Wednesday, Washington police said the incident outside the Turkish embassy stood "in contrast to the First Amendment rights and principles we work tirelessly to protect each and every day".

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", said a statement from the Turkish embassy.

"We intend to assure that there is accountability for anyone involved in this assault", he said, adding that the police were working closely with the State Department and the Secret Service.

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The two leaders touted strong ties between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but Erdogan emphasized his country will not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region while stopping short of directly criticizing a US decision to arm them.

"We weren't doing anything wrong", said pro-Erdogan demonstrator Mustafa Dikilitas.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", the Arizona Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe", hours before video emerged of Turkey's president watching the violence.

"I ask that you immediately look into this matter and bring all appropriate criminal charges before these individuals leave the United States", Royce wrote. In April, the US had criticized Turkish airstrikes against Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq.

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey's leader told Donald Trump that his country will keep on fighting Syrian Kurdish militants even though they are a key US ally against the Islamic State group, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday, adding that a top USA envoy should be fired for backing the Kurds.

The Trump administration faced growing calls Thursday for a forceful response to violence by Turkish presidential guards on American soil, who were briefly detained this week but then set free.

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