Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday rejected US accusations against bodyguards of the Turkish president and blamed clashes outside the nation’s embassy in Washington on lack of security.
Nine people were injured when supporters and critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who staged a protest near the Turkish ambassador’s residence during Erdogan’s visit to the compound were attacked.
“The incident that took place in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence during the visit of President Erdogan to Washington D.C., was caused as a result of the refusal of US authorities to take necessary security measures,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu said in a statement.
Videos from the scene showed men dressed in suits beating people, throwing them to the ground and kicking them in the head. The US House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a non-binding resolution condemning the incident on Thursday after its chairman, Ed Royce, urged to hold Erdogan’s bodyguards accountable. It still needs Senate approval.
Muftuoglu said Ankara rejected the resolution as one-sided and distorted, and warned that its further endorsement would not help settle the dispute.