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Turkey recalls diplomat over clashes during Erdogan’s U.S. visit

22 May, 2017 | 21:05

The Turkish government on Monday recalled its ambassador to the United States in the latest move motivated by security clashes that occurred on President Recep Erdogan‘s visit to Washington last week, UPI reports.

Turkey’s foreign ministry summoned diplomat H.E Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to Ankara over what it called “aggressive” and “unprofessional” tactics by U.S. security personnel.

The controversy started Tuesday when Turkish security guards accompanying Erdogan on his visit got physical with demonstrators outside Turkey’s embassy in Washington. Erdogan witnessed the fighting.

“A written and verbal protest was delivered due to the aggressive and unprofessional actions taken, contrary to diplomatic rules and practices, by U.S. security personnel,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Ankara’s concerns stem from the actions of Washington, D.C., metro police, who used batons to break up the scuffles. Bystanders recorded the clashes and posted the videos online.

“It has been formally requested that the U.S. authorities conduct a full investigation of this diplomatic incident and provide the necessary explanation,” the government statement continued.

“The lapses of security experienced during our president’s stay in Washington, which were caused by the inability of U.S. 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.”

U.S. Senator John McCain, one of the leading foreign policy voices in Congress, on Thursday urged the expulsion of Turkey’s U.S. ambassador after violence erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel during President Tayyip Erdogan’s recent visit, the Reuters reports.

“We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America … This kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically,” McCain, the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told MSNBC in an interview on Thursday, adding that legal action could also be pursued.

McCain: We should throw Turkish ambassador 'the hell out'

After bodyguards for Turkish President Erdogan were caught on camera attacking peaceful protesters, John McCain says the U.S. must retaliate diplomatically and, perhaps, legally. Read More: http://nbcnews.to/2rizF5O

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