Turkey summons US ambassador to protest ‘aggressive’ action against Turkish bodyguards in Washington

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan exits his vehicle after seemingly giving instructions for the attack on demonstrators, 16 May 2017 (VOA)

The US ambassador to Turkey was summoned to The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a verbal and written protest was delivered because of US security personnel’s “aggressive and unproffessional actions” the ministry announced today.*

A statement posted on the ministry’s website today reads as follows: “The Ambassador of the Unites States of America in Ankara was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today and a written and verbal protest was delivered due to the aggressive and unproffessional actions taken, contrary to diplomatic rules and practices, by US security personnel towards the close protection team of H.E Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, in front of the Turkish Embassy Chancery in Washington DC during the visit of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week. It has been formally requested that the US authorities conduct a full investigation of this diplomatic incident and provide the necessary explanation.

During the meeting with the Ambassador, it was emphasized that the lapses of security experienced during our President’s stay in Washington, which were caused by the inability of US authorities to take sufficient precautions at every stage of the official program, will not overshadow what in every other aspect was a very successful and important visit.”

 

The attack by Erdogan’s bodyguards last week in front of the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C. on what US officials have termed “peaceful protestors” had resulted in injury to 11 people and arrest of two.

A video released by Voice of America Kurdish service, apperantly showed Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan giving his security detail the order to launch the attack on Kurdish and Armenian protestors last Tuesday.

*Typos in original statement